The Best Chocolate in Toronto
The best chocolate in Toronto begins with one thing - theobroma cacao seeds, fermented, roasted and ground. The removal of the shell reveals the nib from which all pure chocolate is produced. Just writing that sentence gets my mouth watering and the cravings flaring. One bite into any one of Toronto's best chocolate products, and you're apt to feel the same.
All of these chocolatiers take a slightly different approach, and may connect with the ancient Mesoamerican or old European traditions. Raw, dark, unsweetened, milk or even white chocolate (which, importantly, contains no chocolate solids) decorate the shelves and lure in chocolate fanatics who consider a taste of the potent elixir better than sex.
Here is the best chocolate in Toronto.
Holy heck, Soma is good. Their small-batch chocolate is made directly from the cacao bean; there is gelato, truffles, bars, classic drinking chocolate, chocolate tumbled nuts and cookies and even a Soma tube. Step into either of their two locations, in the Distillery District or the newer one on King Street, and be transported into a chocolate lover's paradise.
Bike powered, stone ground chocolate that is as good for the environment (and the soul) as it is to taste, Chocosol's creations have been a Toronto favorite since it began about ten years ago. Their specialty is Xocolatl, or Mexican drinking chocolate, and as well as their chocolate bars, which you can find at the St. Clair shop or many local farmers' markets and shops across the city.
You'll find the heart of the Junction at sweet spot Delight, where the chocolates are handmade, organic and fair trade. I think of Delight's offerings as classic chocolate 'deluxe' - typical of Gump's box of chocolates, but more beautifully crafted and presented. They have wonderful homemade ice cream as well.
Sweet Olenka's is a mom and pop joint turned chocolate mini-empire (their third shop is slated to open soon). Olenka translates her grandfather's Ukrainian chocolatier experience to the new world of Toronto in truffles, chocolate bars, cake and ice cream, as well as bags of chocolate-covered fruit and nuts.
Roncesvalles favourite The Chocolateria has a well-spun story - "chocolate-loving litigator turns coveted chocolatier by covering everything in his sight with chocolate". Their best-known products are the chocolate covered potato chips, hot chocolate and ice cream, but everything in there has 'sweet success' written all over it.
The subtle flavours of Rococoa chocolates come from all-natural ingredients - vanilla, anise, fresh mint and chilies, among others. Try the balsamic honey, with the Modena vinegar and buckwheat honey for a rare treat. The chocolate truffle menu is the most extensive offering, but they also now serve homemade ice cream as well.
There's six generations' worth of chocolate knowledge behind every one of Stubbe's products, and two cities' (Toronto and Ottawa) worth of long time customers exclaiming pleasure at the results. Choose from truffles, bonbons, chocolates, tortes and pastries, or do one of their chocolate tastings and try them all.
With exceptional European chocolate production built on owner Odile Chatelain's family traditions, the aptly named Odile makes the prettiest little chocolates. After all, she got her start as a mixed media sculpture and jewelry designer. Just think of her chocolates then as gems for the mouth.
This little shop on Jane never fails to impress its customers with the delightful combinations of flavours and fine presentation. Their products include real size-six shoes made of white and dark chocolate so pretty you aren't sure whether to wear them or munch them, and even bike parts or paddles made of chocolate to sweeten those sport-o types into a bite.
Hint to your beau that you want a sweet box of chocolates tucked under his or her arm the next time they come over, tied with ribbon and sampled with that Ambiance Chocolat yellow and chocolate logo. They have a great selection of different-sized boxes featuring their gourmet chocolates, so there is no excuse for coming home empty-handed.
You might not think that a place called The Candy Bar would be good for chocolate, too, but this sweets shop on College has an impressive selection of the world's best chocolate brands, including some of the local names on this list. Head here for Venchi, Slitti, Baratti e Milano, Kind Greens, Verkade, Stubbe, Soma, and more.
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