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Our Story (continued)

For nearly 30 years we created and shipped our specialty treats all over the Middle East and Europe.

Like much of our homeland, in late 2012 the original Hadhad family chocolate factory in Damascus, Syria was destroyed in a bombing that forced our family to leave everything behind and flee to Lebanon.



For three years we found ourselves as refugees with little opportunity or hope. Our lives had been forever altered and we dreamed of being able to once again live lives we could love. When our family was invited to Canada, our dreams came true. With the support of our new community of Antigonish and the people of Nova Scotia, we have rebuilt our chocolate company and are once again doing the work we love. 



Pendant près de 30 ans, la famille Hadhad a fabriqué et expédié des confiseries spécialisées à travers le Moyen-Orient et l'Europe. 


Mais en 2012, la chocolaterie de la famille Hadhad, à Damas en Syrie, a été détruite par une bombe qui a forcé la famille à fuir au Liban, en laissant tout derrière elle. Pendant trois ans, les membres de la famille ont vécu comme des réfugiés avec peu d'occasions favorables ou d'espoir. Tout a changé grâce à une invitation au Canada et un nouveau foyer à Antigonish, en Nouvelle-Écosse. Avec le soutien de nouveaux amis et de cette petite ville, l’entreprise Peace By Chocolate a été fondée au début de 2016, permettant aux Hadhad de partager à nouveau leur passion pour le chocolat avec la province de la Nouvelle-Écosse et le monde entier.  



We offer a range of services and products for anyone looking for delicious, fine chocolate. From our classic chocolate pieces available in a variety of flavours and packaged in boxes ranging from 2-pieces to 24-pieces, to chocolate bars offering messages of peace and forgiveness, specialty holiday items, to tasty snacks to share with friends, there's something for everyone! Whatever the occasion, we are confident you will find a Peace By Chocolate product that will make it all the sweeter!


A Syrian Family Tradition

“In Syria, it was my father’s passion to make chocolates. He was an excellent chocolatier, and he established a factory in Damascus for 30 years. Now, we are continuing the family tradition here in Canada”

- Tareq Hadhad, Founder & CEO

Since Peace By Chocolate was founded at the beginning of 2016, we have been fortunate to share our passion for chocolate with new friends in our community of Antigonish, with people all across the province of Nova Scotia, and now around the world.

Our desire for excellence is apparent in every piece of chocolate we produce. We passionately combine a blend of Syrian fillings and ingredients, including nuts, fruit, and spices, creating a little taste of heaven in every sweet.

Inside each Peace By Chocolate product is uncompromising quality, with each chocolate a little work of art in and of itself, exuding sophistication, style and excellence. We encourage you to try our chocolate soon because, after all, One Peace Won't Hurt™.


From Wikipedia:

Industry Confectionery production
Founded 2016
Founder Tareq Hadhad
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Area served
Products Food (Chocolate)
Website peacebychocolate.ca

Peace by Chocolate is a Syrian-Canadian chocolatier company, based in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada.[1] Prior to being forced to flee from Syria during the country's civil war in 2012, the company's CEO and Founder Tareq Hadhad’s father, Essam Hadhad made chocolate in Damascus, Syria for over 20 years.[2][3] After immigrating to Nova Scotia in 2016, Tareq Hadhad reopened the family's chocolatier business. It's confectionary is shipped worldwide. [4][5][6]


Chocolate-making has been a Hadhad family tradition since 1986 when Essam Hadhad, Tareq's father, opened a factory in Damascus.[2] The Hadhad family's Chocolate-making facilities in Syria were bombed, and they were forced to leave their home and live as refugees in Lebanon for three years, living in uncertainty about their safety and their future until arriving in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada in 2016.[7] Upon arriving in Canada, the Hadhads were determined to continue their confectionary business by launching a facility in Antigonish. [2]

The founder Tareg Hadhad has written a book about his journey[8] and the story is also being made into a movie.[9][10][11]In Sept 2020, Hadhad won National Entrepreneurship Awards for his positive impact as a new Canadian.[12

The Hadhad family opens their new chocolate factory — photo courtesy of Global News