The Finnish chocolate factory Dammenberg produces unique, handmade chocolates from the finest natural materials. This year, they celebrate their 25th anniversary.
TEXT:MARI KOSKINEN | PHOTOS : DAMMENBERG
For the past 16 years, Dammenberg has been owned and run by the Iso-Kungas family. “Our story began with a love for chocolate,” says Marko Iso-Kungas, head of the company. “We specialise in the ‘free from’ products and are pioneers in this field, and we aim to be the number one globally.” Iso-Kungas co-operates actively with European cocoa bean suppliers, and he has been appointed as the Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Belgium for the Tampere region.
Dammenberg chocolate is produced from the high-quality Criollo cocoa beans, which are carefully roasted at their premises in Sääksjärvi, near Tampere. All products are free from gluten, egg, all kinds of nuts and GMO. “To me, as a diabetic myself, a healthy diet is essential. Therefore, I understand the importance of using only pure, natural ingredients without any artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. Today, many people suffer from food allergies and sensitivities, so non-allergen ingredients are our top priority.” Their wide selection includes vegan, soy-free, dairy-free and sugar-free options, and also Kosher and Halal certified delicacies.
Dammenberg’s delicacies are available worldwide through their own online shop and are sold in shops throughout Europe and Asia. They can be also found on the cruise ferries to Tallinn and Stockholm as well as in the duty-free shops at the Finnish airports. It is also possible to shop at the Dammenberg factory outlet, which is open for visitors from Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm, and they can arrange private chocolate tastings for groups.
Dammenberg also offers other specialities, like Moomin-branded chocolates, and organic and fair-trade products. And they do business gifts that definitely leave an impression, including different types of chocolate wrapped in customised packing according to the customer’s wishes.
Now they are preparing for the busiest season of the year. “Christmas is our peak season, and we have a large assortment of allergen-free confectionary every year,” enthuses Iso-Kungas. So fans of chocolate, with food allergies and sensitivities, need not worry – your Christmas is guaranteed to be a chocolatey one, too!
Web: www.dammenberg.fi (Finnish) or www.dammenberg.com (English)
Left: Owner Marko Iso-Kungas.