Helena Chocolatier was founded in Ica, Peru in 1975 by Elena Soler de Panizo with a great love for Chocolate and for Tejas - a traditional sweet treat of Ica created more than a century ago. It started as a hobby when Elena created chocotejas by covering Tejas with an exquisite gourmet chocolate made from our finest Peruvian, organic cacao. Chocotejas have centers of dulce de leche caramel with roasted nuts or cameralized fruits bathed in gourmet chocolate. Many exotic natural ingredients and flavors are used such as: pecan, chestnut, walnut, orange, lemon, guava, prune and our home speciality raisin soaked in Peruvian Pisco liqueur. It all started out as a homebased business with the help of Elena’s husband, Jorge Alejandro Panizo, and her 7 children. Together they prepared, mixed, cooked, wrapped each item individually, packaged and delivered them to friends, neighbors, shops and local businesses.
Helena Chocolatier started to grow thanks to loyal customers and their constant encouragement and admiration for the uniqueness, delicious and elegant wrapping. Currently, Helena Chocolatier has its own manufacturing plant in Ica, distribution centers in Lima and Miami, Florida along with a chain of Chocolate Boutiques.
Elena`s youngest son, Fernando, after graduating Cum Laude in Business Management at Florida International University (FIU) became resolute about making her mother's creation an international success. Today we ship these exquisite confections all over the world.
Helena Chocolatier invites you to try any of their products and see for yourself why so many people enjoy them. Children love them, as do many long-term corporate customers, among them First-Class, American Airlines passengers since 2002. It was and is a sweet dream that became a reality with love, passion and dedication from all the Panizo Soler family members.
We give a special tribute with profound thankfulness to Elena’s second son Jorge Guillermo who dedicated more than 25 years of his life to make this sweet dream a reality and today he watches us from a better place as we grow our business