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The Best Chocolate in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / October 8, 2014

chocolate torontoThe 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.

See also:

The Best Candy Stores in Toronto
The Best Hot Chocolate in Toronto
The Best Florists in Toronto

Soma

Soma

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. More »

ChocoSol

ChocoSol

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. More »

Delight Chocolates

Delight Chocolates

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. More »

Sweet Olenka's

Sweet Olenka's

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. More »

The Chocolateria

The Chocolateria

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. More »

Rococoa

Rococoa

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. More »

Stubbe Chocolate

Stubbe Chocolate

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. More »

Odile Chocolat

Odile Chocolat

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. More »

Coco Crafted Organic Chocolates

Coco Crafted Organic Chocolates

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. More »

MoRoCo Chocolat

MoRoCo Chocolat

Parisian luxe with a twist of mad hatter frivolity is the energy behind MoRoCo, where everything is done in white and dark chocolate and lavender. Go in for the sit-down experience, ordering plates of truffles and bonbons and cups of drinking chocolate, and you'll find yourself in a rabbit hole you might never want to exit. More »

Ambiance Chocolat

Ambiance Chocolat

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. More »

The Candy Bar

The Candy Bar

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. More »

Discussion

15 Comments

Jason / October 8, 2014 at 01:57 pm
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Thank you for making me fat
Billj / October 8, 2014 at 01:58 pm
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The Petro Canada on Spadina and Wellington has a really nice selection of chocolate bars.
Charlie Bravo / October 8, 2014 at 02:07 pm
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Is that snooty guy still working the counter at Soma? Otherwise, great place for chocolate!
Sarah / October 8, 2014 at 02:29 pm
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ChocoSol is the best! Their 5-chillis chocolate bars are some of the best traditional Mexican chocolate I've ever had.
Craig / October 8, 2014 at 02:30 pm
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No mention of Teuscher at Bay/Bloor? Their truffles are very good. Glad to see Ambiance Chocolat on this list - they make amazing things there and their prices are very good value.
Amanda / October 8, 2014 at 06:40 pm
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SOMA #1!!!!
pearlD. / October 9, 2014 at 01:35 pm
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I buy only one specific chocolate...called
Salted Chocolate Caramel, the top has sprinkles of Himalayan Pink Salt...it comes in dark or milk chocolate... I buy it from PURDY'S (originally and probably still in British Columbia). They have 3 outlets in Toronto..walkway to Union Station underground, one at Yorkdale and the other also 'underground, walking through Cumberland Terrace' (near The Bay but going west towards Bay Street. I know other high end chocolatiers carry them but they are much more costly but these PURDY'S are exceptionally good and they do not break the bank....
Julie / October 10, 2014 at 05:30 am
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Chocolate Messenger on Bayview just south of Eglinton is, in my chocolate lover's opinion, the very best in the city. I usually only read and never comment but it felt like a grave chocolate injustice not to share this delicious find. I've indulged in every one that made the list, and then some. Chocolate Messenger is the best, chocolate covered hands down. This Swiss chocolate is creamy, addictive and authentic. The shop smells divine and the owner kind of woos you with his accent before you even take a bite. It's my go to stop for a hostess gift. You also get a free little piece when you pay, one last bite of this chocolate spell. Start with the seemingly simple milk chocolate bar. I can't even find the words... Everything is coming out like hyperbole. But really. Enjoy. Fall in love. I bet you will.
Christiano Basso / October 10, 2014 at 01:11 pm
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The Belgian Chocolate Shop at 2455 Queen St E in the Beaches is a tiny little shop that's well worth the trip! It doesn't get the recognition it deserves.
chocoholic / October 11, 2014 at 02:06 pm
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Shocked to see teuscher not on the list?? pricey but all natural and imported from switzerland every week. definitely the best ive had in canada
Jessica / October 12, 2014 at 01:56 pm
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ChocoSol has actually changed my life. It is exactly what chocolate should be. It has ruined all other chocolate for me, and for that I am grateful.
Jessica / October 13, 2014 at 03:17 pm
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MoRoCo Chocolat is HORRIBLE! Their stale macarons were bad, but their customer service was even worse. I ordered 6 macarons and they had messed up TWO of the flavours. They gave me two wrong macarons. It wasn't even like they put two of the same flavours by accident, they completely gave two flavours I had not even mention. When I returned less than an hour later after noticing, they refused to fix their mistake. None of the six macarons were even touched, I went to exchange them as soon as I realized the order was wrong. They said no exchanges. They don't realize it is not an exchange when the sales associate messes up the order. The manager refused to speak to me as well. They were by far the most mediocre macarons I have had in Toronto as well.
Sara / October 13, 2014 at 06:43 pm
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I would like to add Leonidas. Since they opened on the Danforth a lot of people think that it is just a Greek sweet shop. In fact it is the famous Belgian Leonidas from Bruxelles. Check them out at leonidas.com. Now they already have three stores in Toronto.
Macarons? replying to a comment from Jessica / October 17, 2014 at 05:15 pm
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The article is about chocolate, not macarons.
asfjisafsdafsad / October 31, 2014 at 04:08 pm
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this is true, but i think her point was about their customer service?

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