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Bendicks
Founded 1930
Industry Confectionery
Parent Storck

Bendicks is a chocolate brand of Storck UK Ltd. The British confectionery manufacturer was founded in 1930[1]. In 2009, Bendicks (Mayfair) Ltd. changed its name to Storck UK Ltd., keeping Bendicks as a brand name for its chocolate products.

History

In 1930 Oscar Benson and Colonel 'Bertie' Dickson purchased a small confectionery business in Kensington, London. They used the first syllable of each of their surnames to come up with the name Bendicks.

A box of Bittermints

In 1931 Benson's sister-in-law came up with a dark chocolate so bitter that it was virtually inedible on its own, and combined it with a mint fondant that was so strongly flavoured with mint oil that it was difficult to eat on its own. When the two parts were combined they produced a very palatable chocolate that they named Bendicks Bittermints. The chocolate coating contains 95% cocoa solids.

In 1946 the business was sold to a Mr Lawley. In 1955 he also acquired the manufacturers of Royal Winchester Chocolates and production was moved to Winchester, Hampshire.

In 1962, Bendicks was awarded a Royal Warrant, by Her Majesty The Queen.

Since 1988 Bendicks is a subsidiary of the German sweet producer, Storck.[2]

In 2002, Bendicks introduced a selection box of chocolates called Mingles. These were a distinct move away from Bendicks' traditional quality image.

Range

  • Bendicks' Bittermints
  • Bendicks' Bittergingers
  • Bendicks' Bitteroranges
  • Bendicks' Chocolate Classics
  • Bendicks' Chocolate Ginger
  • Bendicks' Chocolate Mint Crisps
  • Bendicks' Mint Collection
  • Bendicks' Victorian Mints
  • Bendicks' White Chocolate Mints
  • Mingles

References

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