It’s something that millions of us around the world enjoy, but we know it by a different name:  chocolate.  The story of chocolate goes back 4,000 years, to ancient Mexico, where the Olmec people used to brew the beans of the cacao tree into a drink used during rituals and as medicine. Centuries later, the Mayans gave the name “xocolatl”, (meaning “bitter water”) to their brew, made of roasted and ground cacao seeds mixed with chilis, water, and cornmeal. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Today, we buy chocolate to drink and chocolate to eat; dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate.  We give it as a gift or savour it ourselves as a guilty pleasure.  Here are our team’s favourite Toronto-area purveyors of chocolate.  (Be sure to check each company’s website for hours and Covid-19 protocols, before heading out!)

It’s something that millions of us around the world enjoy, but we know it by a different name:  chocolate.  The story of chocolate goes back 4,000 years, to ancient Mexico, where the Olmec people used to brew the beans of the cacao tree into a drink used during rituals and as medicine. Centuries later, the Mayans gave the name “xocolatl”, (meaning “bitter water”) to their brew, made of roasted and ground cacao seeds mixed with chilis, water, and cornmeal. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Today, we buy chocolate to drink and chocolate to eat; dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate.  We give it as a gift or savour it ourselves as a guilty pleasure.  Here are our team’s favourite Toronto-area purveyors of chocolate.  (Be sure to check each company’s website for hours and Covid-19 protocols, before heading out!)

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
https://www.rockychoc.com/

Toronto Eaton Centre, Unit H022, Level 1, 220 Yonge Street, Toronto:  416-599-2462
Square One Shopping Centre, Mississauga:  905-277-2462

With 55 locations across Canada, you could indulge your sweet tooth from St. John’s, Nfld., to Campbell River, B.C. and all points in between.  Awesome, hand-made chocolates in countless varieties. Try their peanut butter cups or ginger clusters – yummy!

Stubbe Chocolates
http://www.stubbechocolates.com/

653 Dupont St., Toronto:  416-923-0956

Using family recipes passed down for generations, German-born chef Daniel Stubbe and his team combine the flavours of the traditional European konditorei (pastry shop) with modern chocolate-making techniques.  The chocolate-covered orange peels and mini-florentines are heavenly!

ChocoSol Traders
https://chocosoltraders.com/

1131 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto:  416-923-6675 (currently window service and pick-up only)

ChocoSol crafts small-batch, bean-to-bar, artisanal dark chocolate. You can also find ChocoSol in shops throughout the GTA and beyond, as well as in various markets in Toronto.  Look for the complete list on their website. Or order online, at onlinestore@chocosoltraders.com

SOMA Chocolatemaker
www.somachocolate.com

32 Tank House Lane, Distillery District, Toronto:  416-815-7662
443 King St. W., Toronto:  416-599-7662

SOMA’s Mayan Hot Chocolate, inspired by the ancient elixir of the Mayans, is a must-have; enjoy it in-store or as take-out. A dark chocolate drink, layered with chili peppers, orange peel, ginger, and spices, will warm you on the coldest autumn or winter days.

Purdys Chocolatier
https://www.purdys.com/

Shops across Toronto and the GTA (see their website), including at the Hudson’s Bay Centre, 2 Bloor St. E., Toronto:  416-921-8832

Founded in 1907, in Vancouver, Purdys remains a proudly Canadian company, 113 years later. Their milk chocolate Sweet Georgia Browns, with roasted pecans and soft caramel, are to die for – perfectly, sweet, salty, and gooey. It’s difficult not to go through the whole box in one go!

Leonidas Chocolate
https://leonidaschocolate.ca/

484 Danforth Ave., Toronto:  416-462-0008

Leonidas is the official supplier of chocolate to the Royal Court of Belgium, but you don’t have to be a king to treat yourself royally, by indulging in Leonidas’s mouth-watering Belgian chocolates.

Soul Chocolate
http://soulroasters.com/

583 Gerrard St. E., Toronto:  hello@soulroasters.com (e-mail only)

This little chocolatier, just east of the Don Valley, produces some truly wonderful chocolate bars, hot chocolate mixes, and the most divine salted caramel truffles! And all their chocolate is vegan, containing only cacao and organic cane sugar.

The Chocolate Moose
https://thechocolatemoose.business.site/

2839 Bathurst St., Toronto:  416-784-9092

Behind the modest storefront, you’ll find the most delectable Kosher confections!  Beautifully-crafted chocolates for all kinds of occasions.  Visit their shop or call or e-mail them to order.

Chocolate Charm
http://www.chocolatecharm.ca/

3541 Bathurst St., Toronto:  416-787-4256

Another excellent, Kosher chocolate shop, specializing in the finest hand-made truffles from the highest quality Swiss and Belgian chocolates.

Rhéo Thompson Candies
https://rheothompson.com/

55 Albert St., Stratford:  1-888-271-6910

OK, this shop is located in Stratford, but it’s well worth your while to make the trip for their famous mint smoothie chocolates!

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