CHC Updates

The Holidays are Here Again!

Posted on November 22, 2018 by Nate Towne | 0 comments

We love the holiday season, truly we do -- and it is incredible to be experiencing them in Nate's hometown of Waterville, Maine. For Nate's entire life, Waterville has been the home to Kringleville, where Santa sits in his workshop between Thanksgiving and Christmas, meeting local children and hearing all about their Christmas lists. It's amazing - Nate used to visit Kringleville as a kid, and now our new shop at 24 Common Street looks out over its home in Castonguay Square. Pretty incredible to think about. You better believe Nate will be waving to Santa when Mark isn't looking...after all, he's got a pretty long list!

Another reason we love the holidays is we love the flavors of the holidays in Maine. Peppermint Bark. Marshmallows and hot chocolate! Toffee! Caramel popcorn! Fruit slices from the mall! Oh, we could go on. We're bringing back many of our customer's favorite seasonal flavors, like our Hot Chocolate and Marshmallow Sticks -- bigger and better than ever! We're also bringing some new flavors to the table, like our top customer request -- the White Chocolate Raspberry Bonbon -- and good ol' fashioned Peanut Butter too. Yes, we ship gift cards AND gift baskets. Adorable gift baskets! Striking gift baskets!

Check out our 2018 Holiday Menu -- remember our order deadline for shipping is Saturday, December 15th and all goodies will ship by Thursday, December 20th. If you want your treats sooner, just let us know!

Want a custom order for your holiday party or gifting need? We are happy to help - just give us a few weeks notice so there's plenty of time to pull all the magic together! Just call us at 207-209-0551 or email us at - we'll do our best to make your holiday MAGIC! ORDER DEADLINE: Saturday, December 15th

Posted in Holiday, Store news

The CHC Holiday Chocolate Pop-Up Shop in Waterville, Maine!

Posted on November 14, 2016 by Mark Simpson | 0 comments

Good news! Over the holiday season we're adding a cozy retail shop to our commercial kitchen so you can finally come and browse our wares. From boxed bonbons to gift baskets and holiday assortments of all our confections, you'll be able to get delicious handcrafted Maine-made and inspired treats for everyone on your list.

The doors to our Holiday Pop-Up Shop will open on Friday, November 25th and will be open through Friday, December 23rd. We are delighted and excited to be opening our doors to the public, something we've been asked a lot about and is now becoming a reality.

Christopher Hastings Confection Chocolate Pop-Up Shop

November 25th - December 23rd, 2016
Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00AM-6:00PM

Prepare for the most scrumptious time of the year!

Posted in Holiday, Pop-Up Shop, Store news, waterville

Spring has Sprung!

Posted on March 13, 2016 by Nate Towne | 0 comments

Every year after a cold Maine winter, my darling husband (and CHC Chocolatier) loves to chirp on the first warm spring day:

"Spring has sprung,
The grass has ris',
I wonder where,
The birdies is?"

(He's a delight until allergies set in. About a day later...)

Spring HAS sprung friends! Or if you're of a religious inclination, hath! It's a fun word regardless. But spring is here, which means new delightful flavors and holiday treats! 

For those of you into the St. Patties tradition and all things minty Irish goodness, we're bringing back our fan-favorite seasonal white chocolate confections, our Shamrock Shake Bars and Whiskey Caramel Riots. We're also taking our traditional Mint Meltaways and are making them even more minty and decorating 'em green for the big day.

For those of you into Easter, boy do we have plenty of goodies for you. From our handmade marshmallow "MEeps" (think Peeps but from Maine and made with real Maine honey) to our awesome Maine Sea Salt Caramel 1/2 eggs and Peanut Butter filled Peep Bunny Bonbons -- and don't forget our stunning 5" Dark Chocolate Egg w/ Hidden MEep Nest surprise inside! Of course we also offer an Easter Basket - custom orders a specialty and whimsy is on the house! 

On April 3rd, we'll be at The 2016 Chocolate Lovers Fling in Portland - it's a special event with a very special mission - it is the largest annual fundraiser for Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine. AND we're entering a chocolate into the official judging competition. You can help judge the winner too, pretty cool!

For those celebrating May and Mother's Day, we have some very festive packaging - and some amazing May Day fudge baskets with both penuche (brown sugar) and chocolate fudge. You'll also be able to find us at the Running with Scissors SPRING Open House on April 30th in Portland - we'll be selling some really cool collaborative edible chocolate art for Mother's Day and will have some amazing new spring flavors for you to try too. Hope to see you there!  

Oh yes, Spring is here my friends - enjoy! 

Nate Towne, CHC co-founder

Posted in Chocolate, easter, Holiday, may day, spring, St. Patrick's Day

It's Easter!

Posted on March 15, 2015 by Mark Simpson | 0 comments

Oh, we love Easter. Not because we're particularly religious, but because it comes at that  PERFECT time of year for a gay spring celebration. Spring is springing - so let's have some well deserved treats for making it through the winter, or rolling away a big bolder, whatevs!

From our decadently fabulous Easter Baskets to our snackable Pistachio Caramel Popcorn, our Easter holiday menu is meant to delight and astound the inner child in anyone. Check out the collection on our Order page - and don't forget our deadline, March 29th for all Easter deliveries!

Posted in Easter, Holiday