The story begins in 1137 when the monks of Morimond created the Abbey of Aiguebelle, on the borders of Dauphiné and Provence.
Throughout the 19th century, they tried their hand at new activities, including the breeding of silkworms or the distillation of medicinal plants. Then they build a flour mill to grind the flour. The driving force being insufficient, they embark on the manufacture of vermicelli! This will be their last attempt: they are suddenly thinking of chocolate!
In 1868, at the will of the monks, the Aiguebelle chocolate factory traditionally produced quality chocolates and confectionery. La Chocolaterie d'Aiguebelle would live until 1978 and become the 8th chocolate factory in France with branches in Algeria and Morocco.
In 1941, the monks of the Abbaye d'Aiguebelle settled in Morocco and implemented their know-how as master chocolatiers. The Moroccan branch will still be able to receive sugar and cocoa which will be lacking in France during the Second World War. In 1942, Aiguebelle Maroc would later become the Compagnie Chérifienne de chocolaterie.
For more exciting information on this abbey of Aiguebelle and its economic survival, I warmly recommend the article on this abbey signed by Marylène Marcel-Ponthier on the website of the Patrimonial Digital Library on the history of Drôme and the Ardèche here .