Thomas and Grace Tosier

 Grace Tosier, chocolate-maker

Grace Tosier, chocolate-maker

 
 

Thomas and Grace Tosier.

We named our chocolate Tosier in recognition of eighteenth century chocolate-makers Thomas and Grace Tosier.

Thomas Tosier was George I’s personal chocolate maker – a privileged position within the Royal household at Hampton Court. One of his key duties was to serve the king his chocolate; and Tosier was responsible for making and taking a cup of chocolate to George I in his bed chamber every morning. We also know that the chocolate maker had his own bedroom - a luxury and an honour for a servant at court. If you visit Hampton Court you can see the original Chocolate Kitchen.

Thomas wasn’t only the King’s chocolate maker – he also ran a chocolate house on Chocolate Row in Greenwich, which was managed by his wife Grace.  In the 18th century chocolate houses were a bye word amongst the upper classes for luxury, sophistication and good company.

  Drawing of a Chocolate House (Anonymous, 1690-1700) ©British Museum

Drawing of a Chocolate House (Anonymous, 1690-1700) ©British Museum

The Tosier name was clearly important. After Thomas died and Grace remarried, she remained a Tosier. It appears that Grace was quite a character – she was known for wearing a ‘large brimmed hat’ and ‘flowers in her bosom’.

Grace was so successful that the fashionable painter Bartholomew Dandridge painted her portrait in 1729. Her portrait became a collectable print and she was considered a Georgian celebrity.