1932 | Ms. Marion Butler realises her ambition to create little moments of happiness through her chocolate making enterprise in Dublin’s Lad Lane.
1959 | The company was acquired by Mr. Seamus Sorensen and ran the business as an independent specialist chocolatier.
1978 | The next generation of the Sorensen family began to run the business.
1984 | The next generation of the Sorensen family assume running of the business and the company is re-branded to Butlers Irish Chocolates.
1988 | Butlers Chocolates relocate from Lad Lane to the a larger premises in Dublin’s Pearse Street.
1989 | Butlers Chocolates first retail outlet opens in Dublin’s finest shopping street, Grafton Street, which is in the heart of Dublin City Centre.
1996 | Due to continued growth and expansion, Butlers Chocolates relocate to a riverside location overlooking the river Liffey on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay Dublin 2.
1998 | Butlers online mail order website www.butlerschocolates.com goes live, striving to bring happy chocolate moments to customers around the globe.
1998 | The inaugural Butlers Chocolate Café opens in a beautiful corner building on Dublin’s Wicklow Street offering a wide range of premium handcrafted chocolates and delectable hot and cold beverages, including Butlers Hot Chocolate.
1999 | A new café on Chatham Street quickly follows suit.
2003 | Butlers Chocolates is awarded the prestigious Brand Marketing Award from Bord Bia in the Irish Food and Drink Industry Awards. Butlers Chocolates relocate to a state of the art production facility in Clonshaugh, Dublin 17.
2004 | Butlers Chocolates open its first café north of the Liffey at the top of Henry Street, Dublin 1.
2005 | The first Butlers Chocolate Café outside Dublin is opened on Cork City’s Oliver Plunkett Street and Butlers Chocolate Café arrives at the renowned Dundrum Town Centre.
2006 | Butlers open their eighth café on William Street, Galway. Butlers Chocolate Café Kiosk opens in Heuston Train Station, Dublin 8.
2007 | Butlers first international franchisee opens a café in New Zealand.
2007 | The Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Dublin 15 welcomes the arrival of a new Butlers Chocolate Café.
2007 | Butlers Chocolate Café opens on Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
2007 | November - A second Butlers Chocolate Café is opened in Westfield Queensgate, New Zealand.
2007 | December - Butlers Chocolates open a new café in The Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords.
2008 | Butlers Chocolate Café wins two awards at the prestigious Shopfitting & Display Industry Awards 2008. August - Butlers Crispy Praline wins a Gold Great Taste award.
2009 | October - Butlers are the very proud recipients of a highly acclaimed Frontier Award at TFWA Cannes for excellence in supply to duty-free markets. November - Butlers first Chocolate Café franchise in Paksitan opens in Karachi
2010 | December - Butlers Chocolate Café Clonshaugh opens at the Butlers factory in Dublin.
2011 | February - Butlers Chocolate Experience opens at the factory at the end of February to the delight of chocolate lovers of all ages. March - Butlers Chocolate Cafes Kiosks open two new Chocolate Café Kiosks in conjunction with their local franchise partner, at both the domestic and international departure lounges at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi. April - A third New Zealand Butlers Chocolate Café opens in North City, Porirua. November - Butlers Chocolates are crowned Food & Drink Exporter of the Year at the Irish Exporters Awards.
2012 | February - Butlers Chocolate Café opens in Coastlands, Paraparaumu. March - Butlers Chocolate Café kiosk opens at Dolmen Mall, Karachi. April - Butlers extended visitor centre, the Butlers Chocolate Experience reopens – offering the ultimate chocolate discovery tour in Ireland. August - Butlers Chocolates open a new Café in Sylvia Park, Auckland. December - Butlers open their newest Café at the Jervis Shopping Centre, Dublin 1.
2013 | August - Butlers first Chocolate Café opens in Lahore
2014 | November - Butlers open their first Café in the Southwest region in the Crescent Shopping Centre in Limerick
2015 | April - Butlers Chocolate Café Ranelagh opens its doors just in time for Easter!
2016 | Butlers Chocolate Café opens in Liffey Valley
2017 | Butlers newest store opens in Chatham Street
2017 | A beautifully remodelled and extended Chocolate Café is unveiled in the Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords.
2017 - New Café opened up on 117 Grafton Street
2017 - In early December, a new Café was also opened at 172 Lambton Quay, Wellington marking the 6th Butlers Chocolate Café in New Zealand
We launched new exciting Drumshanbo Irish Gin truffles in collaboration with The Shed Distillery
2017 - We joined the conscious cup campaign by launching our in brand Keep cup range.
2017 - We launched our brand-new website with new features and beautiful design.
2018 - We launched our Chocolate Collection.
2018 - At the beginning of April, work commenced on our new extension at the factory
2018 - • New Café openings kiosk opened on the concourse at Level 1 in the Blanchardstown Centre.
2018 - New Dawson Street Store
2018 - New Remodeled Cork Café
2018 - Brand New Ballsbridge Café
2018 - With the addition of new solar panels, we are now able to save 247 Tonnes of C02 per annum.
2018 - Our new café in Rathmines.
2018 - Our solar panels supply 18% of our energy.
2019 - Our solar panels have produced over 1 gigawatt of power which could produce 6 million 100g bars.
2019 - Our first ever cookbook was launched.
2019 - We were shortlisted for the Bord Bia Food and drinks award
2019 - Our Galway café has re-opened after an extensive refit.
2019 - • We opened a new Café in Islamabad
2020 - • We were thrilled to have achieved Origin Green Gold Membership status from Bord Bia.
2021 - • We launched a website refresh just before Valentine's Day.
2021 - We launched our new Pre-order app.
2021 - We have just opened a gorgeous new outdoor seating area at our Ballsbridge café, with a seating capacity for about 30 customers.
2022 - In February, we opened our 25th Butlers Chocolates café in the Blackrock Village shopping center.
2022 - We launched our new Protein + Chocolates