THE DOVE® CHOCOLATE STORY
More than 80 years of history go into the creation of every DOVE® Chocolate product. From a Chicago candy store direct to your tastebuds, this is our story.
It all starts with Leo Stefanos, the Greek-American founder who opens Dove Candies & Ice Cream on a Chicago street corner, bringing a little sweetness to the Windy City’s South Side.
One day, Leo sees his son Mike chasing an ice cream van down a busy street and swears, right there, that he will create a delicious new ice cream that can be enjoyed in the safety of his own store. After months of painstakingly slicing blocks of ice cream and dipping them in chocolate, the sensational DOVEBAR® is just about perfect.
After 38 years of devotion to DOVE® Chocolate, Leo hands over the family business to his son Mike, who has big plans for DOVEBAR®.
Things really get going when Mike takes the DOVEBAR® to the Fancy Foods Show in Washington, D.C., and orders start flooding in from across the country.
Mars sees the potential in DOVEBAR® and welcomes the Stefanos’ business into its family. A nationwide sensation is born…
Inspirational messages are shared on the inside of every DOVE® PROMISES® wrapper, making every DOVE® moment an even more enthralling treat – down to the last crinkle.
After 50 years of bringing joy to ice cream lovers, DOVEBAR® is expanded into a range of indulgently delicious new flavors.
With a new design and even bigger than before, the DOVE® Chocolate Bar offers more pleasure than ever.
DOVE® Fruit is launched: a luscious collision of silky, rich dark DOVE® chocolate and tasty cherries, blueberries and cranberries.
DOVE® Chocolate partners with the CARE organization to provide financial support and field training for women in the cocoa-growing communities of Côte d’Ivoire.