In 1946, brothers-in-law Henry Kaye and Jack Gold moved to Manhattan and learned the art of chocolate making. In 1949, Madelaine Chocolate Company was established and has always dedicated itself to perfecting the superior taste and quality of chocolate.
Located in Far Rockaway, Queens, Madelaine is an American family-owned and run company, led today by Jorge and Vivian Farber and their cousin Norman Gold. The company’s chocolates have been made solely in New York and have been part of the American family life for more than 65 years. From holidays and birthdays, to Easter, Valentine’s Day and graduations, The Madelaine Chocolate Company has used the finest quality chocolate, innovative shapes and unique colorful Italian foils to make special moments even more memorable.
Madelaine Chocolate was one of the family-run businesses hit especially hard by Hurricane Sandy. Prior to the hurricane, the company employed more than 450 people. Due to the storm, the company lost $50 million and dropped to a handful of employees. In January 2015, Madelaine received $13.2 million from New York City recovery funds, enabling them to maintain operations in Rockaway. The funding helped Madelaine Chocolate, one of the largest employers in the Rockaways, to double its number of employees. Gradually it has been rebuilt to 200 employees, much to the delight of Rockaway Island, the New York region and customers across America.
Location: Queens, NY - 5th District
U.S. Employees: 200
Exports to Other Countries: Yes
Madelaine Chocolate Company is known for American-made specialty chocolates.