Looking for creative/divine chocolates--can be anywhere in Ontario
- Ediblethoughts Jan 27, 2009 08:20 AM
And by creative, I mean unusual flavours but that said, I tend to not like the "first course" flavours mixed with chocolate (ex., chillies) or flowers (ex. lavender) or teas (ex. chamomile). Fruit flavours, coffee flavours and nuts and liqueurs are all good. I'm looking for a chocolate store gem that is a bit off the Godiva-beaten path. And while I'm not keen on driving really far for it, I will be happy to pay delivery/shipping costs. (I got all worked up about this idea looking at the US Consumer's Report on excellent chocolates but most of these are in the US and the ones that look really good won't ship across the border---so I decided to come here and ask if anyone knows any closer to home. I'm also willing to go outside Ontario within Canada so if anyone has travelled....)
Thomas Haas out of Vancouver does beautiful chocolates of all types. He used to be Daniel Boulud's pastry chef in NYC and now runs his own business.
You can order online through his website and I believe that Senses in Toronto (the one at Yonge and Queen in particular) also carries at least some of the items including the chocolates. He uses no preservatives so they have a short shelf life.
He also makes these "sparkle" cookies that you finish baking at home and they are unbelievably good. They are like baked truffles.
Have you ever tried Érico's Chocolates in Quebec City?
We found them on a trip to the Winter Carnival. Lucky you can mail order. I was just looking at this site this week, wishing I could order the cocoa powder I picked up there. Their chocolates (and cocoa powder) are quite special...and far superior to Godiva!
I bought some great chocolates from Jubilee chocolates from Pennsylvania. I had them shipped to a friend in Toronto. They are socially conscious chocolatiers and for example, use mint that was grown by kids at a nearby school. My friends LOVED the chocolates.
An in-town recommendation is at Celestin. They are selling handpainted chocolates from a local artisan. The designs are beautiful though I can't speak for the taste.
I'll keep that information for the next one to look into. And after doing a little surfing, I think it's actually the same company as one that the Consumer's Report article mentioned as being excellent (called John & Kira--see link below). I was going to order some of these but there were only about 4 types that interested me (and only 10 different types of chocolates in total that I can see) and I wasn't sure it was worth incurring the shipping cost for that. However, based on your recommendation, I'll file it as a possible future order. And next time on Mt. Pleasant, I'll give Celestin a look. I think I did purchase chocolate from them once a year or two ago but I'm not absolutely sure...