David Bradley Chocolatier was started by Bob and
Marcy Hicks, and Bobs mother Alma, over thirty years ago. Alma, Bob, and Marcy had
always loved sharing delicious food and conversation with family and friends, so when in
1977 Alma, who was a widow, started looking for a fun business to start, it seemed natural
that it would be something food oriented. They all decided that gourmet chocolates and
gifts would be an exciting and fun business to run.
Together, Alma, Bob and Marcy worked towards making their dream of creating delicious
chocolates to share with family and friends a success. With very little knowledge of how
to make chocolate, but trusting their own, and their family and friends tastes, they went
about searching for a master Chocolatier who would make their chocolates unique, delicious
and memorable. After tasting dozens of chocolate samples from Master Chocolatiers around
the world their quest quickly ended after tasting the samples of Master Chocolatier, Pete
Machiscos, handmade chocolates. His fresh handmade chocolates had intense chocolate
flavor combined with rich smoothness. They now had their Master Chocolatier and were ready
to start making gourmet chocolates and gifts.
Their business grew unexpectedly quickly and soon Bob and Marcy enlisted the help of their
three teenage children Christine , David and Bradley. During the busy holiday season the
whole family could be found at their chocolate factory making and packaging chocolates and
gifts, sometimes late into the night. With each season and year, Bob and Marcys
three children became more involved and knowledgeable about the business.
In 1985 we lost one of our original founders, Alma. Her fiery spirit and enthusiasm for
the business continued on with Bob and Marcy's leadership. Over the next 10 years the
business continued to thrive with Bob and Marcys three children taking on more and
more responsibilties and eventually working full time with the family business.
Today, Christine is the Production Manager of the chocolate factory, David is the Director
of Marketing and Bradley is Chief of Technology. Bob and Marcy are now semi-retired,
although they still love being involved with all aspects of running the business and
seeing their customers and friends, some who have been with them from the start.
Currently there are three retail stores located in New Jersey, along with the chocolate
factory which manufactures and sells to over 500 businesses across the United States
including numerous Hallmark stores, Hospital Gift Shops, and specialty retailers.