This month treat your sweetheart to some of these chocolate hot spots chosen by Where editors across the country. From sweets made by local chocolatiers to haute cuisine combinations, Canada has some world-class chocolate destinations.
Edmontonians and visitors alike line the streets to indulge their sweet tooth in the heavenly chocolate found at Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut, an award-winning chocolate shop whose ingredients are imported from around the world.
Toronto offers dozens of ways for chocoholics to get their fix, but when locals name their absolute favourite addiction enablers, a trio of boutiques comes out on top. Soma Chocolatemaker, a must-visit destination in the Distillery District, is renowned for its micro-batch artisan chocolates and thick, spicy Mayan hot chocolate, while Xococava (1560 Yonge St, 416-979-9916) infuses its truffles with such intriguing flavours as chorizo sausage, cedar and fennel pollen. And for true decadence, take a seat in the plush lounge at Moroco Chocolat and savour one of their sinful chocolate-based desserts, then pick up some fondue-to-go before you leave.
Thomas Haas satisfies sugar cravings with luscious sweet-treats including truffle-like sparkle cookies and coffee-infused ganache. A sip of the Aztec hot chocolate is a must with spicy hints of ancho chilli and chipotle. And head to Mink A Chocolate Cafe for their tableside chocolate fondue, available in both milk and dark varieties. Enjoy it with a plate of seasonal fruit or roasted marshmallows.
Butter-caramel chocolate bars and dark chocolate almond brittle are popular choices at Rogers’ Chocolates in Whistler.
Candy company Mordens’ of Winnipeg is celebrating a 50-year milestone producing a wide range of chocolates. A must-try is the signature Russian Mints for a taste of melt-in-your-mouth heaven.
Banff’s Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut offers hand-made delicacies to tempt such as the maple and white chocolate ganache filled Canadian truffle, and award winning dark, milk and white chocolate. Canmore’s Le Chocolatier makes their Belgium chocolate onsite (watch through the window) and one local specialty is their milk or dark Canmore Rundle Rock with almonds, cranberries, coconut, granola, rice krispies and pistachios.
In Victoria, chocolate really is synonymous with Rogers. The first Rogers’ Chocolates were carefully crafted in 1885 in the back of Charles “Candy” Rogers’ grocery store, and by 1891 he expanded to the company’s current heritage storefront on Government Street. More than 100 years later, the chocolates remain delicious and a sought-after icon of Victoria!
With two locations in Ottawa, Truffle Treasures offers twice the opportunity to get your sugar-fix. From homemade peanut butter cups to pistachio and pomegranate truffles, this charming shop offers something for all palates.
Indulge in a rich chocolate fondue made by local chocolatier Bernard Callebaut at places like Laurier Lounge, serving seasonal fruit and banana bread and The Living Room with fresh fruit, cookies, cake, biscotti, and cashew praline dipped in white & bittersweet chocolate ganache.
Serious chocolate junkies in Halifax need to visit Ekaterina’s Fine World Chocolates tout suite. Nestled in Bishop’s Landing on Lower Water Street, the shop boasts a mouthwatering array of classic milk, decadent dark or sophisticated white chocolate creations, including beautifully wrapped Godiva and Neuhaus treats.