About Us


The Seriously Good Chocolate Company was founded by Jane Stanton in the year 2000 when Jane first began making chocolate truffles using her grandfather’s recipes. Her grandfather named Tik Heenan was a real pioneer with true kiwi ingenuity who was both mayor and fire chief of Hokitika while owning the local bookstore. At the bookstore he also sold his handmade chocolates.



Her grandfather’s treasured recipes were handed down through the family over the years and Jane shared her grandfather’s passion for making delicious chocolate treats.

From her home kitchen in Te Anau Jane first began making chocolates for family, friends and school students using her grandfather’s old-time recipes. Infusing her famous chocolate truffles with Gibbston Valley pinot noir was when her seriously good chocolate journey began.

Everyone loved Jane’s chocolates and as more and more people tasted her fabulous truffles word of mouth grew. So too did people’s appetite for more new flavours and textures using New Zealand’s unique natural ingredients.

Jane moved to Invercargill and soon was in the business of selling chocolates with a mission to promote the unique flavours of New Zealand to the world through her chocolate. One bite at a time.



The Seriously Good Chocolate Company is now a flourishing Invercargill-based business making quality handmade gourmet chocolates that imbue the real tastes of New Zealand.

Today, a wide-ranging collection of chocolates are now sold throughout New Zealand with sales growing internationally. Making and selling chocolates by sourcing natural ingredients from local vineyards and infusing wine varieties in to chocolate truffles has now evolved to become an extensive range of chocolate products that feature the many different flavours of New Zealand’s history, culture and environment.