Picture this: it is 1947 and chocolate is, right after World War II, becoming increasingly popular in Europe, partly due to American soldiers handing out food rations that included confectionary bars. It was around this time that Dutchman Jan Koenen founded JKV in Gilze, becoming the expert in metal and Bakelite moulds that gradually changed to plastic throughout the years. Now with son Peter and grandson Luca running the business, JKV sports not only an incredible collection of moulds, posters, tin storage cans and much more, it is also the place to be for using their own line of machines that are key in the process of making your own pieces of chocolate.