Enjoy distinctive chocolates and truffles created by chocolatier David Castellan at his Soma Chocolate shop in the Distillery District. Using raw cocoa beans, Castellan creates chocolates with surprising combinations. Try the chocolate bars made with chilies, ginger and vanilla, milk chocolate with dried cherries, sultry bergamot truffles or luscious caramel. Enjoy home-made gelato or a a cup of Mayan hot chocolate on the patio.
Head over Kensington Market to The Chocolate Addict. This tiny shop is filled with everything chocolate dipped from cashews, fortune cookies to Pringles. Try one of the hand-made chocolate roses, a speciality of the owner. Pick up some chocolate loonies, moose droppings (chocolate-covered almonds) or icewine truffles. Buy fair trade chocolate alongside premium offerings for Dolfin and other well known chocolates. In the summer, the shops sells ice cream in the summer and hot chocolate in the winter.
Yorkville’s MoRoCo sells boutique European chocolates ranging from chocolates, Truffles, Macarons, Confections and bars all made in house by using Valrhona Chocolate from France. Next door is the Salon serving lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and afternoon high tea and of course hot chocolate. The menu includes a variety of sandwiches, pastas and salads along with phenomenally decadent desserts. Late night events include a mixologist lounge with a DJ. There’s even chocolate hand print wall of fame.
Xococava at Yonge and St. Clair sells an array of gourmet truffles for the adventurous. Try chocolates infused with traces of cedar, chorizo, fennel pollen, olive oil, or thyme. Its ice cream and sorbet are equally delicious and unusual created with seasonal ingredients.
Delight Chocolates has two locations offering its handmade, fair trade, organic chocolates. The original shop is in the Junction and the newer shop is on West Queen West. Both offer delicious chocolate ranging from the conventional to the extra-dark, pumpkin spice or cardamom-rosewater. Also available: incredibly rich, all-natural organic ice creams and sorbets.