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Odile Chocolat

Posted by Staff / Posted on February 2, 2010

Odile ChocolatOdile Chocolat's bright turquoise exterior sits on a quiet strip on Dundas West, just west of Bathurst St.. Behind a glass case lies rows of chocolate truffles wrapped in crinkly cello bags, reminiscent of a department store's jewelry counter. Labels announce the name of the truffle on each package, and flavour combinations range from vodka and candied grapefruit peel (the "Sea Breeze"), to sake and Japanese green tea (the "Chiyo").

For my visit I bring along my friend and chocolate lover, Nicole, and we pick out three enticing flavours for an indulgent lunch, including their most popular seller, the "Romance:" champagne, black pepper and rose petal. Each package, at $4.50, contains two to three truffles each. Odile's menu also includes candied fruit covered in chocolate and an assortment of gift boxes.

Odile ChocolatI'm pleased to hear that owner Odile Chatelain makes all of her chocolates right at the Dundas West store. As well as catering to the city's holiday crowd, her products are also available at specialty grocers like The Mercantile, The Healthy Butcher, Thobors and La Fromagerie.

Odile reveals that since her business started over five years ago, customers have shifted their focus, and she, as well as other food producers, must be more accountable as to where their ingredients come from. She sources organic, wild and natural ingredients whenever possible and utilizes fair trade cocoa.

Odile ChocolatAlong with the "Romance," we opt for the fleur de sel caramel, and cardamom and silver leaf, affectionately named the "Bollywood." Odile also treats us to her newest creation: raspberry vinegar.

Unfortunately Odile Chocolat doesn't have seating for us to enjoy our fare, so Nicole and I skip down the road to Ezra's Pound for lattes to wash down our treats.

Each individual truffle, upon closer examination, is beautifully dressed. The "Romance" has bright pink flecks on top of its smooth, matte surface. The bite of black pepper is most prominent, and the flavour lingers long after the square has been devoured. The sea salt and caramel is the most surprising: big flakes of sea salt hit my palette right away before revealing a soft caramel centre. The cardamom and silver leaf is hands-down my favourite - its flavours aromatic and subtle.

Odile Chocolat is easy to miss, but it's worth a visit. And Odile is right behind the counter, happy to talk about her great product and answer questions about her morsels of art.

Odile Chocolat

Writing and photos by Melissa Yu



Laura / February 2, 2010 at 04:19 pm
This is just down the street from where I live; gonna have to try them! The photos and descriptions look delicious. I sent the link to my man as a V-day hint. ;)
rüps / February 11, 2010 at 11:11 am
Great little shop Odile is running here. I was just there yesterday picking up a v-day present. I love how she makes everything on site and is very helpful when deciding what to pick out. My girl is going to be one happy lady when she opens up my v-day gift from Odile Chocolat!
Angie / February 14, 2010 at 04:15 am
the chocolate is amazing and to top it all off she sources her chocolate from a nut-free provider which for me (with a peanut allergy) is pretty exciting. I bought my sister some chocolate for her birthday and some chocolate covered fruit for me! I love the chocolate covered lime. Yum! Great spot Mel!
david / March 7, 2010 at 11:40 am
Odile is dedicated to her craft. Originally a costume jewellery designer and as well a member of Canadian Sculpture Society, Odile takes the same care in creating every morsel of chocolat. My favorite is Lavendar ( calming )as it brings back memories of my childhood visits to the towers in Niagara Falls and the Lavendar Carts at the base of the toweres.

I look forward to her soon to be launched hand made( summer ) sorbets.

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