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The Best Chocolate in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / February 12, 2011

Chocolate TorontoThe 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.

See also:

The best hot chocolate in Toronto
The best florists in Toronto

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

Soma

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

Delight Chocolates

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

ChocoSol

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

MoRoCo Chocolat

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

The Chocolateria

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 Chocolate

Stubbe Chocolate

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

Ambiance Chocolat

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

LeFeuvre's Chocolatier

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 »

Discussion

58 Comments

Sameer Vasta / February 25, 2008 at 03:00 pm
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Quick heads up: you can get <a href="http://www.cluizel.com/";>Michel Cluizel</a> chocolates (my favorite in the whole wide world) at Chocolate Addict in Kensington. Definitely worth the price.
mo / February 25, 2008 at 08:21 pm
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Don't forget the Belgian Chocolate Shop in the Beaches
http://www.belgianchocolateshop.com/
Misha / February 27, 2008 at 02:15 pm
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Although a patisserie, Frangipane www.frangipane.ca has a good selection of some of the best chocolates I have ever tasted. Actually, I live near Dupont and Davenport and if I ever crave fine 'chocolat', I head to the Frangi (steps from JS at Madison and Dupont). Or, if you are glutton like me, try both!
Bernie / February 29, 2008 at 11:31 am
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I would also highly recommend Simone Marie on Cumberland. They've been in Yorkville a long time and make some superb truffles of all kinds.
tracey / March 6, 2008 at 12:48 pm
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etobicoke's best kept secret was over looked ... Sitting Around Eating BonBons on Lakeshore Blvd. West right by the Humber College Lakeshore Campus ... you can't beat their prices and the chocolate is fair trade & organic and super tasty!!
Maria / August 6, 2008 at 05:53 pm
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Don't forget a new chocolate shope specializing in hand made French style chocolates. They open only few months ago on Queen St.E. east of Brodview and they have really really good chocolates, hot chocolate and ice cold drinks
www.ambiancechocolat.ca
Sonja / October 3, 2008 at 06:27 pm
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Does anyone know if there are any stores in Toronto with painted chocolates kind of like Praline and Caramel in Montreal?
http://www.pralinecaramel.com/chocolat.html

Thanks
Bart / October 13, 2008 at 09:36 pm
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The Daniel Le Chocolat Belge store in the Bruno's plaza Dundas St W at Royal York has a great selection of truffles including chai vanilla, chipolte and lemomgrass curry
www.danielchocolates.ca
Equinoxe / January 25, 2009 at 01:25 pm
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I'm a little disappointed by the selection of chocolate shops on this site. As a chocolate lover, I'm surprised The Swiss Master Chocolatier (Bayview and York Mills) or Teuscher (Bay and Bloor), for one, never made it to the list - chocolate texture, flavours, display and experience are truly remarkable.
Anna replying to a comment from Sameer Vasta / May 14, 2009 at 12:12 pm
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Chocolate Lovers!!! Check out the best chocolate from France, RICHART- known all over the world and now here in Canada!

www.richart.com
www.richart-chocolates.ca

we sell beautiful packages and also do special events, anything from wedding to corporate.

If you'd like to try out some of our product with intention of buying,or would like to talk about having our product at your next event, please call 416 783 0900 or 1 866 957 RICH.

www.richart.com

we are at 1896 Avenue RD, suite 2A, Toronto, ON
Gloria / May 14, 2009 at 01:10 pm
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Anyone know anything about the new Leonidas chocolate shop that opened at Coady and Queen in Leslieville? It's a nice little space, but I haven't gone in yet.
Gigi replying to a comment from Gloria / May 27, 2009 at 01:35 pm
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Really? I just got back from Brussels and already ate all the Leonidas. Got to go there and get more. Is it expensive? Do they have a lot of selections?
rob campbell / June 5, 2009 at 03:51 pm
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Don't forget about <a href="http://wwww.simonemarie.net";>Simone Marie Belgian Chocolate</a> at 126 Cumberland in Yorkville.
Antonella / June 17, 2009 at 06:21 pm
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Slitti's artisan chocolate is amazing too. Check out our website if you wish to purchase directly from us. We are importers of Slitti and other fine chocolates from Italy.
Don Perry / June 28, 2009 at 06:23 pm
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I agree with Rob and Bernie that <a href="http://www.simonemarie.net";>Simone Marie Belgian Chocolate</a> in Yorkville should also be featured in the the best chocolate list. In my opinion, they are best for Belgian authenticity, quality and price value.
Rosemary / August 11, 2009 at 09:35 am
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Had a great experience last weekend at the cottage.
We were feeling a bit peckish late in the evening so lit the fire for some s'mores bars. Instead of using plain old chocolate bar pieces, we subsitited Simone Marie's mendiants (walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, raison chocolates).
Combined with gooey, half-burned marshmallows and graham crackers this was a truly gourmet taste sensation!
Victoria / September 3, 2009 at 09:05 pm
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This 'Best of' really needs to be re-assessed considering that JS Bonbons has been closed for well over a year and there are tons of worthy places listed in the comments that should be up there. Time for some new reviews.
gaia / October 1, 2009 at 06:39 pm
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The best chocolate I've ever had is pedal-powered and stone ground; made here in Toronto. The company is called ChocoSol Traders. www.chocosoltraders.com/

You can get it at most of Toronto's organic markets. Dufferin Grove Park, Thursdays from 3-7 p.m. is open all-year around. http://dufferinpark.ca/home/wiki/wiki.php
The chocolate is also available at Food 4 Life in Kensington Market.

This is some of the most incredible tasting stuff I've ever had - totally different. I lived in Tokyo for 6-years and delighted in the free samples of exclusive European chocolates. I thought that was exciting. For me, ChocoSol's chocolate is at a totally different level.
Suzanne / February 12, 2010 at 10:15 am
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Xococava should be on this list!! It's tucked away at Yonge and Heath, just north of St.Clair, behind Bruno's. You will not be disappointed with their hand chocolates and goodies, done on-site!

http://www.blogto.com/grocery/xococava
Jennifer / February 23, 2010 at 10:33 pm
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The Old Country Gift Shop has been bringing chocolates and European goodies to the Roncesvalles community for 48 years! Obviously, they are well liked and have great, yummy products! Christmas and Easter are especially enchanting!
andy / February 24, 2010 at 06:05 am
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I agree with the above poster CHOCOSOL All the way!!!!!

But delight is pretty freakin awesome too.

Anna / April 30, 2010 at 09:26 pm
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I'm a huge fan of Sullivan's belgian chocolates - www.sullivansfine.com
They're imported and soooo good! They also have the sugar-free versions that are nearly indistinguishable
elizabeth g / September 15, 2010 at 06:09 pm
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there's a new shop that opened in concord, ontario.
a fun shop, they give lots of samples, but i noticed their website is not up yet after i left the store. lots of neat products though and they make their own stuff
elizabeth gall / September 15, 2010 at 06:11 pm
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www.chocolachocola.com if any other chocolate lover wants to find them.
Thomas / October 16, 2010 at 04:40 pm
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Ambiance Chocolat should have been on the list as well. I am a huge fun since they opened their door to publick. Their chocolates are so fresh (maybe because they are made on the promises) and i love their original flavors. Also their spiced hot chocolate is equaly good if not better then Soma's.
http://www.ambiancechocolat.ca
ash / October 17, 2010 at 01:52 pm
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one more vote for chocosol!!!!
this is food for the gods.
steve replying to a comment from Sameer Vasta / November 16, 2010 at 02:34 pm
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I think Ambiance Chocolat should have been in the list as well. They have the best tasting and original chocolates in Town. Worth a visit! They have Michel Cluizel chocolates as a base.
Anne replying to a comment from Sonja / February 12, 2011 at 02:34 pm
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Perhaps this could be what you are looking for. Odile Chocolat on Dundas, in between Palmerston and Euclid...

http://www.odilechocolat.com/
mim / February 12, 2011 at 04:17 pm
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There used to be a Belgian chocolate shop just north of Yonge and Eglinton a long time ago (ten or fifteen years), does anyone know where it moved to (if anywhere). It had the little chocolate mouse (yes, mouse, as in mice) truffles. It was the only place that had truffles like the ones I got in Belgium.
And btw, I want chocolate truffles. Not cognac, or cardamon, or whatever. Chocolate.
Kat / February 12, 2011 at 04:34 pm
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There's a neat drawn review of a bunch of Xococava chocolates and truffles here: http://drawnanddevoured.blogspot.com/2011/01/xococava-cava.html
Anne replying to a comment from mim / February 12, 2011 at 04:58 pm
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I was simply responding to Sonja's request for painted chocolates. Good luck with your mouse search.
Missy / February 12, 2011 at 05:18 pm
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Odile Chocolat on Dundas should definitely be included. Yummy.
mim / February 12, 2011 at 07:24 pm
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There's a shop in the same location but I think it's a different one. There seem to be mice in a lot of the shops, maybe I'll just find a Belgian one close to me and try it.
Julei replying to a comment from mim / February 12, 2011 at 08:34 pm
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The only remaining Belgian Chocolate Shop is at Queen St E near Scarborough Road (end of Queen St in the Beaches). They still have the chocolate mice and my fav grand marnier.
ILWH / February 12, 2011 at 10:47 pm
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Two people here mentioned the Belgian Chocolate Shop in the Beaches. Well a few blocks west of this shop is Wickerhead Chocolates. http://www.wickerhead.com/ I've been to both shops and think that Wickerhead is far better and the price is more reasonable. I moved into the beaches about 9 months ago and I've been to this place 15-20 times already!
Laura Secord / February 14, 2011 at 12:46 am
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What about me?!! I helped save your country you know! You ungrateful bastards...
Elephant Man / February 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm
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I love artisanal chocolate as much as the next person, however, in Belgium I was recommended to save my money and just buy Cote D'Or at the supermarket.

Did any body watch this documentary on the weekend? > http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/passionateeyeshowcase/2010/chocolate/
KS / February 20, 2011 at 10:36 pm
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I'm in search of a shop with a good selection of Spanish chocolates.... there's a particular Valor chocolate bar I'd love to find. Any suggestions?
sandra / March 8, 2011 at 05:13 am
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sandra / March 8, 2011 at 05:14 am
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Baby Shower request / September 26, 2011 at 09:43 am
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I'm looking for a fantastic chocolate/coffee house that has the ability to host a baby shower for about 20-30 people. Any suggestions?
JULIA / January 7, 2012 at 11:49 am
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i love chocolate
Nadia / August 2, 2012 at 10:17 am
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The best chocolate in Toronto, Ontario is nadiachocolates.com
Cosplay / September 26, 2012 at 09:58 pm
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Odile Chocolat on Dundas should definitely be included. Yummy.
Debbie replying to a comment from Baby Shower request / October 3, 2012 at 03:26 pm
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Anyone knows who can make a chocolate bar with a special wish; i.e.Best Wishes, Happy Birthday, etc.
steven / December 14, 2012 at 11:51 am
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In the us and found it funny that the comments here ended up as free advertising with every chocolate shop in Canada posting. I was looking to send some chocolates to a family in Canada and many of these chocolate stores had poor customer service and made it impossible to try to do this
Mary / January 25, 2013 at 01:45 pm
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Rococoa Chocolates - on St Clair Ave W. and Rushton Rd - This place is delightful. They offer exquisite flavors t chooose from, and you can make special orders. They even have bottles and other molded chocolate scultures. You can get a really nice gift - like these adorable chocolate baby shoes. I loved the raspberry rose and Cointreau flavored truffles. There's even imported high quality international chocolate like Tanzanie. The chocolatier was really knowledgeable and took time to explain how the cocoa beans growing in different regions produce different unique flavors. I could really taste a difference. And the truffles are crafted on site by the chocolatier. There are so many choices. I was dazzled by the English toffee - it's to die for - unlike store candy bars like score or heath, which stick to teeth, this toffee melts in your mouth with a full rich flavor. I got some and brought it over for a dinner with friends. Everyone was raving. I'll have to bring more next time!

website:

http://rococoa.ca/
ruben d gutierrez / March 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm
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CHOCOLATE QUE VALE UN PERU
http://vimeo.com/54406874

John ravenscroft / March 26, 2013 at 10:03 pm
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The Chocolate Messenger in Bayview Avenue, still my preferred chocolate supplier. Their fresh cream truffles are unique.
Regret you missed that chocolatier
kiki replying to a comment from Bernie / April 2, 2013 at 09:12 am
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To let all the chocolate people know that the Simone Marie Location in Yorkville is closed .............perhaps now available on-line only..
kikiB
Chocolate Tales / August 18, 2013 at 04:46 pm
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Won't miss a chance to mention http://www.chocolatetales.ca/ here :)
リモワ スーツケース 最安値 / October 19, 2013 at 12:41 am
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maltezer / February 12, 2014 at 05:37 pm
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Where is the best chocolate martini in Toronto?
The Candy Bar / February 12, 2014 at 05:59 pm
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The Candy Bar has a fabulous selection of imported and local chocolate. Slitti, Amedei, Venchi, Baratti e Milano, Valrhona, Valor, Galler Dolfin, Fazer and a nice British section too. Chocosol, Anna Tolazzi, Denman Island, Galerie au Chocolat, Laura Slack and Fraktels too. What are you waiting for? The Candy Bar, chocolate and candy to make you happy! www.thecandybar.ca
waseem zeeshan / February 12, 2014 at 06:11 pm
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i dont think they are real chocolate lovers when they did not mention the name "sweet olenka's " this place has the worlds best icecreame period and homade chocolate to die for
bunnylover / February 12, 2014 at 10:39 pm
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Check out Chocolateria on Roncesvalles....awesome chocolates and while your there try the "kitchen sink" ice cream. Omg....soooooooo good 😀
shashi chauahn / February 15, 2014 at 05:41 am
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Iliana / February 20, 2014 at 09:25 am
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We spent an evening with Chocolate Tales learning about secrets, myths and occasional science lessons told by cheeky Coco Janelle. It felt rather magical as we sat listening to stories from an Aztec King to a Spanish explorer and his daughter's wedding. It all revolved around chocolate, the fruit of the gods. We also discussed common myths and basic chemical processes for us to really wrap our heads around chocolate - from the tree it come from, to the process is undergoes and ways to enjoy it. We had some awesome chocolate - a Belgium brand Belcolade that Chocolate Tales offers on their website for sale.
Go to my blog to see our fu;l experience: http://ilianaspalette.blogspot.ca/2014/02/chocolate-tales.html

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