The Best Chocolate in Toronto
The best chocolate in Toronto is no trifling matter for the serious chocoholics among us. The speed of the melt, the texture of the make, the flavour of the blend--these are all important factors for the judicious chocolate connoisseur. As an ardent chocolate enthusiast, I know there are few greater pleasures than finding a place that has mastered these factors beautifully.
Many of the shops that have made this list of top chocolate in Toronto have experimented with unique ingredients, straying from the usual chocolate and nuts. SOMA Chocolatemaker, which earned the top spot, offers an 8 Year Old Balsamic Vinegar Truffle, and Xococava, at number three, makes a Szechwan Peppercorn truffle. While, granted, they may sound a little odd, trust me when I say they truly put those stale grocery store Mars bars to shame. As well, many of the shops on this list have sought to make their treats with organic ingredients and sourced socially-conscious beans.
Here is the list of the best chocolate stores in Toronto, as voted by readers of this site. For a near comprehensive list of chocolate stores in Toronto, see our Toronto chocolate stores section.
Note: This list was previously published on February 25, 2008. Comments below made up until November 16, 2010 are in reference to the old list. We've purposely kept the archived comments here because we believe they (mostly) add value to this topic. If you don't want to have to wade through all of them, simply hit the "sort by newest first" link at the top of the thread.
SOMA Chocolatemaker in the Distillery District makes its own truffles, chocolate drinks, and other treats at its on-site micro-chocolate factory. It also offers chocolate tasting events where participants are taken through the chocolate making process, they get to sample a variety of single-origin chocolates, and (of course) take home a fresh bar. More »
Delight Chocolates offers handmade, fair trade, and organic chocolates at its two locations - one in the Junction and its newer shop on West Queen West. Flavours range from the conventional extra-dark, to pumpkin spice or cardamom-rosewater. Salivating yet? Delight is also known for its incredibly rich, all-natural organic ice creams and sorbets. More »
ChocoSol on the 4th floor of St. Joseph House near Yonge and Wellesley makes chocolate for the socially conscious. Its organic and eco-friendly chocolate is the product of a trans-local trading relationship with farmers in Mexico personally secured by ChocoSol's owners. It offers stone-ground chocolate made with no refined sugars or dairy. More »
MoRoCo Chocolat in Yorkville is a lounge and boutique offering an array of truffles and three types of sipping chocolate. Undoubtedly, this place has tapped into the seductive power of chocolate. Velvet banquettes, black floors, and hanging chandeliers set the mood, while its Valrhona chocolate-made truffles and spiked chocolate drinks seal the deal. More »
The Chocolateria in Roncesvalles is the place to go for chocolate-dipped potato chips. Yeah--don't knock it 'til you try it. Among its offerings are truffles in flavours such as dark and maple bacon, mini chocolate guitars, dipped shortbread, hot chocolate, and hand-made sponge toffee, which is (of course) dipped in chocolate. More »
Stubbe Chocolates at Dupont and Christie makes its truffles and other sweets according to German tradition. And adhering to general chocolate-obsessed tradition, it makes chocolate shoes filled with truffles, chocolate snowmen, chocolate wine bottles, and over 30 types of chocolate bars. Stubbe also offers chocolate-making classes for adults, children, and private parties. More »
Ambiance Chocolat at Queen and Broadview creates French gourmet chocolates handcrafted on site. It only uses chocolate made from fair trade or direct trade beans and cases its treats in recycled or recyclable packaging. Ambiance also makes its own specialty hot chocolate and chocolate mousse, which is made to order. More »
LeFeuvre's Chocolatier at Eglinton and Mount Pleasant epitomizes the sort of classic, familiar old-school chocolatier. It offers hand-crafted Belgium chocolates and truffles in more traditional flavours such as double dark, double dairy, and Grand Marnier. LeFeuvre's also sells specialty sweets including peanut brittle, caramel corn, fruit jellies, and an assortment of hard candies. More »