Dear Customer,

The Govatos family has been perfecting the art of making chocolates since 1894, so when you taste these wonderful treats, you experience more than 100 years of pride, craftsmanship and tradition.

We use recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation which gives our chocolates a consistent, old-fashioned quality. That's why Govatos Chocolates are a time-honored favorite - for special occasions or any time at all.

I am pleased to offer these delicious chocolates with my personal guarantee of your complete satisfaction. Please feel free to write with your comments or questions.

I'm sure you'll agree - Govatos Chocolates are the The Taste of Tradition.

Nicholas Govatos  


Govatos Chocolates

Our Story

Govatos Chocolates, now embarking on 126 years in business, is a 3rd generation grassroots company.

The family business was founded in 1894 by John Govatos, a Greek immigrant. Initially sold under the trade name of "Queen Elizabeth Chocolates," John set up shop at 4th & Walnut Street in Wilmington, Delaware, a small bustling town.

Saving his money generated by brisk sales at the store, John brought his three half brothers to America.  He installed all three in a boarding house and insisted they go to school. The oldest of the three was 25 years his junior. When John passed away in the early 1940’s only one, Nicholas, had any interest in what had become a confectionary store and soda fountain luncheonette.          

Renamed in 1898, Govatos Chocolates & Luncheonette moved two more times. First to the 400 block of North Market Street where John introduced Wilmington to the latest rage, the ice cream soda! Sometime between 1910 – 1918 the growing business moved to its present location 800 North Market Street.

Richard Govatos, Nicholas’ son, began running the business shortly after his father's passing. He was involved in the business since his teens, working the soda fountain, then managing, and eventually ownership. Richard and his wife Evelyn are credited with the remodeling of the store in 1985. The outcome resulted in a beautiful interior coupled with better retail efficiency for the candy counter and restaurant. Richard also opened a suburban location in the 1980s, where its present location is 4105 Concord Pike in the Talleyville Shopping Center.

Third generation brothers, Nicholas and Richard Jr. have now been in the business  45 and 40 years, respectively. Nicholas, present owner, manages the retail candy aspects and Richard Jr. heads chocolate factory production. Both have the same conviction to the business as their forefathers; to produce a consistent high quality assortment of homemade chocolates at a reasonable price. This, along with diligent hard work, has sustained and will catapult Govatos Chocolates into the future.