Hello, I’m Josh Parker, the face and name behind Josh’s Chocolate! I was fortunate enough to have grown up on our family dairy farm here in picture-perfect Cornwall and through the diversification into creating delicious Cornish Ice Cream, this helped spark a sweet tooth and love of good food. As school children, the chocolate and sweet cupboard was always locked after school, that was until my brother’s, and I found a way to pick the lock and craftily raid the cupboard for anything covered in chocolate. This desire for little luxuries has led my career into the food industry and creating my own chocolate business.
My love of food saw me study food marketing at university followed by ten years working in the food industry, predominantly within the fresh produce sector. However, my heart remained in Cornwall, this draw brought my wife, Alexa, and I home in 2019 to start the company and our family the following year.
On my return I was determined to establish my own business. Chocolate had long been a passion of mine, so I used this love to set up Josh’s Chocolate in summer 2019. We pride ourselves on delicious chocolate and celebrating simple life pleasures of coast and country in Cornwall. It was this that inspired me to use St Ives based illustrator, Joanne Barry to produce a suite of gorgeous illustrations depicting the idyllic Cornish lifestyle I know and love. These illustrations were then used as our packaging, to beautifully wrap my Cornwall inspired chocolate bars.
Our current factory is based in four repurposed shipping containers based alongside Callestick Farm. We have a dedicated team of six, making and packing in our ‘melt and mould’ operation and combining with additional flavour essences, caramel, fruit, nuts, and ginger inclusions. Our range consists of eight flavoured bars, our famous gigantic chocolate buttons and hot chocolate stirring spoons. We are always looking to expand our flavour range so if you have any requests, do let us know!