Gateway Gazette

How Sweet It Is!

Syrian refugee Tareq Hadhad, CEO of Peace by Chocolate, is among the 49 newcomers getting their Canadian citizenship at Pier 21.
– UN Refuge Agency in Canada (Jan 15, 2020)

About Peace by Chocolate

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. 

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™. (

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