In 1989 Norman
Foster (a confectionery wholesaler) grew tired of selling other manufacturers’
confectionery lines. So he decided to investigate the possibility of setting up
his own chocolate business.
Norman and his wife Sandra spent time coming up with a delicious recipe, and
sourced ingredients and equipment from all over the world. Only when the recipe
was right, did the business open on 12th February 1990.
Norman wanted to
create quality chocolate lines to target the top end of the market. Therefore he
set about creating unique chocolate lines such as boat shaped chocolate bars
containing toasted peanuts, which were aptly named “MONKEY BARS”. Fosters
soon became renowned for their Monkey Bars and went on to make more boat shaped
bars with Honeycomb Pieces, Marshmallow, Rice Krispie and Chopped Hazelnut.
People were and still are attracted to these unusual boat shaped bars.
came a children’s range of chocolate animal shapes such as Monkeys, Pigs and
Lions etc etc. These became very popular and still remain their best selling
luxurious chocolate bars were then created and include varieties such as
Strawberry Crème, Orange Crème, Honeycomb and Dark Chocolate with Ginger Pieces.
With the main
lines established, Fosters began to create seasonal lines for Valentines
Day, Mothers Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas.
are now one of the main established chocolate manufacturers in Northern Ireland,
and are very well known for their high quality, exciting and unique Irish Hand
Crafted chocolate products.