In Flemish, “Van Ann” means “De Ann”.
The brand “Van Ann chocolate maker” reflects the Belgian origins of its founder, Ann Van den Bergh. On 1 January 1992, she founded her chocolate factory in Plaine des Papayes, in the north of the island, and decided to manufacture a product that did not exist in Mauritius. And it was to her native land Belgium, where chocolate was born in 1912 thanks to Jean Nenhaus Jr. that she turned to learn the art of chocolate making.
The training lasted a few weeks. When Ann Van den Bergh came back to Mauritius, she brought back various moulds and a tempering machine used to keep chocolate at a set temperature. She then began to manufacture various products on her own, creating recipes for a dozen of moulded chocolates made from praline, caramel, vanilla, coffee, coconut, rum or grapes.
“Van Ann chocolate maker” has improved over the years and has expanded its range of products by inventing new recipes for chocolates moulded, coated and flavoured with cocoa paste. In addition to offering new box sizes, Ann Van den Bergh has customised her boxes to leave a lasting impression and seduce gourmets as much as their content.
Van Ann chocolates are sold everywhere in Mauritius, in the Mauritius Duty Free Paradise and on Air Austral flights (Reunion Island). The factory first moved from Plaine des Papayes to Petit Raffray before settling in Calebasses in early 2012.