We believe that decadence and luxury comes in myriad forms and one of them most certainly, is chocolate. We believe that chocolate deserves to be elevated into a decadent experience - driven by you. Whether you choose to dip into a box of Bonbons after a lavish dinner or wolf down a bar watching your favorite series, it's your choice.
North South is a family business - two siblings based in the United States and two based in South Africa. Thanks to technology and Zoom, a lockdown idea has come to fruition with delicious inspired results - and there is more to come.
Justine started her stellar career in 2003, in her apartment kitchen in Brooklyn, NY – conjuring up artisanal bars of fairtrade chocolate infused with the likes of Sea Salt Caramel, Absinthe and Raspberry. Sales started at music festivals and it wasn’t long before the crowds started lining up at her then-brand Nunu chocolates stand at the Brooklyn Flea.
Soon her products made the line up of “Top Ten Chocolates” in New York Magazine and were also named one of Bon Appetit's “Best Chocolates in America”.
The name North South is a nod to the company’s founders since New York-based Justine is in business with her Texan-based brother as well as her South Africa-based stepsister and stepbrother - thanks to technology and Zoom, a lockdown idea has come to fruition with deliciously inspired results - and there is more to come.
While being a successful confectioner is Justine’s passion and pride, her earlier degree and subsequent careers as a scientist and waste management expert have a significant role to play. Chocolate making after all, is a meticulous science of its own, one that relies on exact quantities and a healthy dose of patience and precision. There are few edible commodities as precious and potentially fickle as cocoa and working it into the shape and form we see in North South bonbons and chocolate bars is its own epic journey of patience, skill and yes, waste management – because most people can agree that wasting good chocolate is nothing short of a travesty.
Similarly, sustainability and a transparent journey are a significant pillar of the North South brand. “Our cocoa supplier sources his product from small farms in South America and it’s a completely traceable supply chain, that part is really important to us and we wholeheartedly embrace Fair Trade principles”, she says, adding “likewise our fruit fillings and flavours are gathered from a network of trusted global food merchants and our sustainability ethos extends to our recyclable packaging too, it’s all part of the story”.
“My test kitchen is downstairs from my apartment and while the whole of Instagram was baking banana bread, I started experimenting with bonbons for the first time;
I found myself craving and concocting unusual flavor combinations and interestingly many of them were really nostalgic."
The result is a magnificent box (that you’ll want to keep) filled with 12 perfectly hewn chocolate covered fruity caramel bonbons, each dressed with a Hockney-esque paint splatter.
Justine’s choice of fillings for the first North South Fruits both Familiar and Curious collection of 12 bonbons (six flavors in total) is a celebration of exotic and unusual fruit purees in a caramel toffee, wrapped in 70% cacao dark Colombian chocolate.