Unparalleled Belgium Heritage Since 1926

Nearly 100 years after being founded in Brussels, we continue to honor our Belgian roots by ensuring that every piece of GODIVA is bursting with quality, Belgian craftsmanship, and the world’s finest ingredients. The underpinning of our incredible chocolate has, and always will be, an authenticity that flows from our proud Belgian heritage. Our Belgium 1926 logo reflects this spirit, paying homage to the time and place where our story first began.


In 1926, Pierre Draps Sr. began making pralines in his home workshop in Brussels.  His young sons, Joseph, Francois and Pierre Jr., all worked for the family business from an early age. Following the death of their father, they took over the business


The family was deeply inspired by the legend of Lady Godiva and named the company in her honor.  Values associated with Lady Godiva such as boldness, standing up for what is right, and a pioneering spirit still inform GODIVA's ethos today.


In 1968, GODIVA was appointed an official chocolatier to the Royal Court of Belgium.  A great honour to receive, the prestigious Royal Warrant established GODIVA's role as an ambassador to its home country and purveyor of high-quality Belgian chocolate


By 1972, GODIVA has opened international Boutiques in Paris, New York City's Fifth Avenue, and inside the prestigious Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo.


GODIVA is the world’s most iconic premium chocolate company, dedicated to opening people’s eyes to a more wonderful world. What started in a humble home workshop in Brussels over 95 years ago, is now available and beloved in more than 100 countries worldwide. GODIVA has already had one lifetime of greatness. Now, the brand is preparing for the next, with the aim of becoming accessible and available to our customers whenever and wherever they crave premium chocolate. Whether it’s for birthday gifts, treats to yourself, bars or hampers, Godiva aims to deliver the finest Belgian chocolate, no matter what the occasion.

History of Godiva FAQs

Who is Lady Godiva and why did she inspire Godiva?

Lady Godiva, commonly known as the wife of Leofric, was an Anglo-Saxon gentlewoman. She is renowned for her bravery and heroism, as she defied her husband in order to help the citizens of coventry. The company is named after her after being inspired by her bold spirit, and standing up for what is right.

Has Godiva’s recipe remained the same over the years?

Godiva is dedicated to quality and luxurious chocolate, that’s why our recipe has remained the same for decades.

What is the origin of Godiva chocolate?

Originating in Belgium, Godiva uses the finest ingredients from around the world to create its delicious, silky and luxurious chocolate.

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