Our Story

Since the development of the Bittermint in 1931, Bendicks has spent over 80 years creating Chocolates that deliver the perfect finishing touch to any meal or entertainment occasion.

Click one of the sections to discover more about the intriguing Bendicks story. You can find out about our history, our dedication to chocolate recipe creation, and our delicious products.

Our Heritage

There are very few premium confectionery companies that can point to a heritage as long and as rich as ours. For over 80 years Bendicks has created fine chocolates to delight the most discerning of customers.

Our story began in 1930, when Mr Oscar Benson and Colonel ‘Bertie’ Dickson acquired a small confectionery business at the unassuming address of 184 Church Street, in Kensington, London.

An Inspired Recipe

Perhaps the most defining moment, in our continued quest for chocolate perfection, came in 1931. Lucia Benson, our founder Mr Benson’s sister-in-law, created a remarkable new mint chocolate recipe.

She developed a mint fondant that was almost too strong and enrobed it in a 95% cocoa solids’ chocolate that was almost too dark. Together they became almost too delicious. Known as the Bittermint, it would be no understatement to say that it was a phenomenon.

A British Affair

By 1933, Bendicks was developing an enviable reputation for quality and a new store was opened in the heart of London’s exclusive Mayfair.

The rich, the beautiful and the fashionable flocked to our doors. Prominent among them was the Duke of Kent, son of King George V, who regularly visited for some of our famous Bittermints.

The company soon became known by the name that was to become famous around the world: Bendicks of Mayfair.

Our reputation grew still further, and in 1962, our position at the pinnacle of British confectionery was sealed - we were awarded the coveted Royal Warrant: “By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen”.

The Royal Warrant

In 1962, Bendicks Royal patronage was officially recognised with the award of a Royal Warrant: “By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen”. Since then the gold warrant has been displayed proudly on all of Bendicks distinctive packaging.

Royal Warrants are a mark of recognition to individuals or companies who have supplied goods or services for at least five years to HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales. Warrants are a prestigious mark signifying excellence and quality, and are highly regarded.

Finest Ingredients

For us, fine ingredients aren’t an indulgence. They are a necessity. Our success rests solely upon our reputation and it is not something on which we are prepared to compromise.

Everything starts with our chocolate. We use only the finest grown cocoa beans selected from a variety of sources. Much of our chocolate contains unusually high 95% cocoa solids. Complex and rich in a way that only a Bendicks chocolate can be, it provides the perfect contrast for the intensity of our other ingredients.

These finest ingredients include fresh peppermint oil, in the Mint Collection dark chocolate baton.

Made with 95% cocoa solids

Chocolate is made from cocoa mass, (which is a liquid made from the cocoa bean) and sugar - with the addition of an emulsifier (typically Soya Lecithin) The higher the concentrate of cocoa liquor then the higher the % of cocoa solids.

In Bendicks Bittermints we use 95% cocoa solids for a distinctive rich, full, indulgent and very premium, cocoa taste.

Chocolate contains 95% cocoa solids

Bendicks Today

Over 80 years ago, all our fine chocolates were made in a tiny basement beneath our shop in Kensington. Today, we still pay the same attention to detail at our factory as we did back then.

We source our own ingredients, we develop our own recipes - and then we make our own products. Our people are dedicated to nothing less than the pursuit of dark chocolate perfection.