Van Dender
Van Dender

Passion is the driving force.

Passion is the driving force.

“Chocolate is a gift of love to yourself.”

Today, through perseverance and a continuous pursuit of perfection, we have managed to be a quality label in the world of chocolatiers.

Thanks to an innate passion for chocolate and patisserie, we have both been able to realize our dream. We would never have wanted it any other way. After all, who wouldn't want to live and work in the wonderful world of chocolate and the many tropical excursions to the end of the cocoa world? Not surprisingly, we're still in love with chocolate ...

Surrounded by a loyal team of passionate employees, we achieve an annual growth that is only possible thanks to the quality that we always keep in mind. 

The hard work in the early years was sometimes bitter, but along the way we have been able to distinguish ourselves through dedication, support and refinement.  Because chocolate, however bitter it tastes, should be sweet, shouldn't it?

Respected in Japan

"Popular in Japan"

Herman Van Dender is an icon in Japan. The chocolates, manufactured in Belgium, can be found in several cities in Japan, such as Osaka and Tokyo.

On Valentine's Day, February 14, ladies buy chocolates for their husbands and (close) friends as gifts. Herman Van Dender's patisserie is also very popular. Several cakes and pastries are produced under a registered trademark.

Herman has also given several demonstrations such as the dessert for a state buffet in Tokyo.

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Respected in Japan

Exceptional merits

Purveyor to the Royal Court of Belgium

Purveyor to the Royal Court of Belgium

Patron of the Court of Belgium since 2008 for King Albert and for H.M. King Phillippe.

prosper montagne

Prosper montagne

2 times finalist best pastry chef, glacier and chocolatier. Since 2020 co-president Prosper Montagné Belgium.

Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie

World Champion

Three times member of the winning team Coup du Monde. Gold in '95, Silver in '99 and Bronze in 2003.

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Jury Bake Off

Expert voice in the popular TV program Bake Off Flanders.

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Father Van Dender starts the business...Herman almost literally gets the métier instilled. As a small boy Herman Van Dender watched with admiring eyes his father who conjured up chocolate and pastry with unprecedented skill. This would also become his "calling".


Herman Van Dender takes over the business. In Antwerp, Van Dender laid the academic foundation for his profession as a pastry chef-chocolatier. Internships in Switzerland, France and Japan refined his talented skills.

With his titles as purveyor to the court and chairman of the jury of the World Chocolate Masters 2013, he has proven his craftsmanship and expertise more than once. Herman Van Dender participates in several prestigious national and international competitions and wins six medals in the 'World Cup of Pastry' competition in Lyon, three of them as a candidate and three of them as president of the Belgian candidates. This handsome curriculum vitae makes him an exceptional expert in experience and an absolute taste specialist....

"Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie" in Lyon, 3 participations as a candidate and 3 as president of the team, resulting in 5 podium places!

"Prosper Montagné" 2 times finalist best pastry chef, glacier and chocolatier.

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Herman Van Dender realizes his dream: his "chocolate factory" of Bean to Bar is a reality. His chocolates, which he produces in Belgium, are offered for sale in various stores in world cities, including Tokyo and Osaka in Japan.


After two years of research, deepening recipes, the time has finally come; "Van Dender Chocolates" is a success. A new modern production space with a capacity of up to 1 ton per day!


Member of the jury Bake off Flanders. This popular program on VT4 enabled Herman Van Dender to share his mastery with the general public in Flanders.

Bean to Bar chocolade

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