Joel and Tom Hallett started Hallett Farms over 40 years ago with a strawberry and raspberry farm in Otis Orchards, WA. Since fruit was strictly a seasonal item, the brothers decided to start making candies to support their families year-round. The first candy they developed was a soft peanut brittle known as Peanut Butter Crunch. Joel took over the candy business and went on to create over 120 different chocolates and candies. When we, the Kane family, purchased the company in 2004, Joel and his wife, Jennifer, offered to come out of retirement to teach us how to continue to produce the same high quality candies. Almost 10 years later, we have proven to be quite the chocolatiers and have gone on to not only follow in Joel's footsteps, but also to develop our own delectable confections such as our popular Grey Sea Salt Caramels and our Habanero Caramels, to name but a few. We wish to thank Cy (Joel) and Jennifer for their continued support - it wouldn't have been the same without you!
In May 2011, Halletts Chocolates entered their very first competitions. We have recieved 7 gold and 5 silver awards in TasteTV's International Chocolate Salon in Seattle WA. We also won 1 gold, 5 silver, and 5 bronze in two other International Chocolate Salon competitions in Chicago, inluding the Chicago Bridal Salon. Our winning categories include Best of Salon, Most Gifted Chocolatier, Best Caramels, Best Milk Chocolate, Best Traditional Chocolates, Most Luxurious Chocolate Exprience, Best Truffles, Best Comfort Chocolate Product, Best Flavored Chocolate, Most Delicious Ingredient Combination, Top Artisan Chocolatier, Best Gift Set, Best Presentation Packaging, and Top Toffee in Salon. As a result of our performance in the Chocolate Salons, we were invited, along with 14 other chocolatiers, to take part in the Best Toffee of America Competition.
Locally, readers of the Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine have consistently voted us Best Chocolates. (Thank you to everyone who votes for us!)