All the small things: special confectionery factories in Eastern Europe | TOP 5

All the small things: special confectionery factories in Eastern Europe | TOP 5

It’s no exaggeration to say that sweets are a pleasure without which it would be difficult to live. But people are different and have unique needs. In today’s selection, we briefly present artisan manufactories that have taken their passion for sweets to an artistic level.


ARKMEN | Ukraine

The company is based in Ukraine, but is also trying to expand its presence in foreign markets, for example, its products are already on the shelves of several stores in Poland. Their main profile is nut production, one of the country’s most valuable resources. They wanted to take this further, and so ARKMEN was born. Their range includes chocolate-dipped nuts, coconuts, and other fruits, which, thanks to their unique and modern packaging, emphasize the local specialty of their products. The young team strives for constant renewal, which is why they place great emphasis on the exceptional design of their website.


Harlequin | Hungary

The Harlequin brand has already been featured on Hype&Hyper. The manufactory’s repertoire includes unique-looking chocolates and bonbons made from quality ingredients. The internationally renowned company aims to make the consumption of sweets a lasting experience for the customers, using special flavors and colors, as well as creative packaging for each product. The range of confectionery products is quite wide, from classic chocolates to hazelnut, almond, or even citrus and chili flavors.


Kristyjan Chocolatiers | Czech Republic

Kristyjan Chocolatiers was founded by a married couple, Kristýna and Jan, who decided to combine their name—which also became their brand name—, as well as their work and share their thoughts on life. Thus, their artisan shop selling chocolate and pralines was born. They offer a wide range of sweets of all types and varieties, always made with seasonal ingredients. All of their products have a carefully thought-out flavor and are also eye-catching. They believe that the harmony between them is reflected in their chocolates, and even taken to a higher level.


Čokoladnica | Slovenia

The chocolate shop offers homemade specialties in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Ljubljana. Their entrepreneurial creativity is based on keeping a constant eye on foreign chocolate-making trends, ensuring that the makers’ business remains at the forefront of international chocolate-making. At the same time, they want to promote the beauty of Slovenia beyond its borders with their authentic and traditional products, with the goal of putting Ljubljana on the world’s ‘chocolate map’. Their tempting confectionery is made with precision and great care, which, in addition to the flavors, also fascinate customers with their extraordinary shapes.


Chez Dodo | Hungary

Chez Dodo opened in 2014 under the leadership of Dóri Szalai, who has been passionate about making macarons since the beginning. The French sweets are made locally with the utmost care. Thanks to the shop’s design, passers-by can follow the exceptional creation process. The symbol of the hummingbird, the brand’s main identity element, refers to the fragility and sophistication of the macarons, and the design of the boxes and bags used for packaging, which is easily recognizable to all. The range—apart from basic flavors such as Jean-Pierre with salted caramel or Philip with pistachio—changes from day to day, thanks to the endless imagination of the founder-maker.

ARKMEN | Web | Instagram
Harlequin | Web | Facebook | Instagram
Kristyjan Chocolatiers | Web | Instagram
Čokoladnica Ljubljana | Web | Facebook | Instagram
CHEZ DODO | Web  | Facebook | Instagram

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