The KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates story begins with turtles. And not just any run-of-the-mill turtle – a complex blend of chocolate; smoky, burnt caramel and finished with salted pecans hand-picked for their size and perfection. The turtle that went through rigorous testing, many recipes tweaks and extensive sampling was perfected by the renowned chefs at The American Club resort, and blessed by Kohler Co. CEO & Chairman, Herbert V. Kohler, Jr., to launch KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates in 2007.
At the time, Kohler Co. was seriously considering purchasing a chocolate company to add to its portfolio. In searching for the right chocolate company and the perfect turtle, Mr. Kohler was struck with the realization that taste seldom matched anticipation. It was then he decided the world needed a better turtle and instead of purchasing a chocolate company, he challenged his culinary experts at The American Club resort – the Kohler Co.-owned Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort in Kohler, Wisconsin –to create the finest version of the turtle in the world. The recipe was tested until the taste, texture and flavor profile was exactly perfect. This morsel evolved into the signature Terrapins the company is known for today.
Today, the original Terrapins have become the basis for an emerging chocolates business that refuses to clutter the marketplace; rather it seeks to explore limitless opportunity in taste and texture with natural raw ingredients. The Terrapins have since been expanded into four delicious varieties: Original Buttery, Blackstrap, Java and Cranberry.