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New York City - Where it All Began

John down presents his hand-made chocolate in New York

The Birth of the Cocoa King

In 1992, Christopher Norman Chocolates began inauspiciously in a small atelier off the Bowery, in what has now become the infamous/famous Freeman Alley, at the border of China Town and Little Italy, in New York City.
Christopher Norman started as a private enterprise to supply dinner guests with hand-made chocolates, which quickly grew to become one of New York City’s finest artisanal chocolate creators.


Christopher Norman Chocolates featured in the New York Times

Master Chocolatier John Down put his considerable fine arts and design talent to work in the creation of a new genre of hand-made chocolates, attracting New York City’s exclusive retail markets.


christopher norman chocolates featured in balducci

Over time, Christopher Norman Chocolates became a signature product at Dean & DeLuca, Balducci’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Henri Bendel’s, Nordstrom, Williams Sonoma, Neiman Marcus, Martha Stewart and Whole Foods.

Acclaimed all the way to Japan

Further international success also pushed Christopher Norman to be available on the shelves of some of Japan's finest department stores, with a notable presence in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto.

Christopher Norman Chocolate Art in a japanese magazine

Christopher Norman Chocolates Revives in Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia, Canada

Christopher Norman has relocated in Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia Canada, closing a chapter long of 25 years in New York City.  After developing respiratory issues due to the degraded air quality after 9/11, the New-York adventure had to end and John regained health in the beautiful nature of the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia.  Originally from BC, John and his partner Joe chose Halfmoon Bay for it is rich in natural treasures with direct hiking access to wild mountains, lakes and beaches. which allowed them to regain health. They relaunched Christopher Norman Chocolates in Halfmoon Bay in 2015 and their chocolate is making waves on the Sunshine Coast, Vancouver, and even New York again! John is a true artist and his chocolate is unparalleled. Christopher Norman Chocolates moves from New York City to the Sunshine Coast BC