Toronto’s best chocolatiers are sweet toothed alchemists operating boutique businesses committed to forging small but potent batches of rich flavour. We’re also happy to report that they’re dedicated to fair trade philosophies, serving a little dose of enlightenment with each delectable mouthful. These are some of the best chocolatiers in Toronto.
CHOCOLATE BY WICKERHEAD | 2375 QUEEN ST. E
Logging training at the Callebaut Chocolate Academy, Chocolate by Wickerhead owner Sharon Shoot has been making chocolate since 1988. Operating out of a small space in the Beaches, her boutique offers solid Belgian chocolates in the shape of portly buddhas and others filled with Earl Grey ganache, and her signature Belgian chocolate popcorn is a definite must-try.
CHOCOSOL | 1131 ST. CLAIR AVE. W
ChocoSol started selling its artisanal, stone ground, fair trade, vegan chocolate at farmers’ markets and special events in 2004. With a storefront also on St. Clair, owner/founder Michael Sacco still prefers to identify it as a “learning community social enterprise” before a business. Inspired by his time spent working in partnership with Indigenous learning communities in Oaxaca, Mexico, ChocoSol uses a low shear and low heat process that produces an earthier as well environmentally friendly chocolate. Specializing in Mexican drinking chocolates like Mayan Cocolate they also host workshops and training sessions and encourage customers to bring their own reusable containers to take their products home in.
COCO CRAFTED ORGANIC CHOCOLATES | 365 JANE ST.
There’s something for everyone at this small store on Jane Street. With an emphasis on handmade, craft design, here chocolate comes in all shapes in sizes, so on top of the standard truffles, chocolate-dipped nuts, and hot chocolates, you’ll also find chocolate stilettos (all size-six, one wear only), paddles, bike parts, and chess sets.
DELIGHT CHOCOLATES | 3040 DUNDAS ST. W
Owned and operated by husband and wife team Jennifer Rashleigh and Jeff Brown, this Junction chocolatier is singly sourced exclusively from La Siembra’s organic, fair trade farm. in the Dominican Republic. Paired with cream from grass fed cows at Harmony Organic in Ontario and Espresso from Alternative Grounds, this shop offers customers a variety of flavours that includes classics like rum and toasted hazelnut, with off-kilter choices like Quebec blue cheese and grapefruit chili.
DEMEERSMAN | 60 BLOOR ST. W
Working with world-renowned Belgium-based chocolatiers like Chocolatier M and Centho, Guido de Meersman is a Belgium native bringing Canada authentic, single-origin, homeland tastes that span the Flanders countryside south of Brussels to coastal Knokke-Heist. Operating out of a boutique space in Yorkville, DeMeersman also ships its products anywhere else Canada Post will take them.
MAISONETTE | 12 TANK HOUSE LN.
Laura Slack filled her Distillery District boutique with edibles from fellow local food artisans like Kitten and the Bear’s and Sloane Tea. Though it’s Slack’s handmade luxury chocolate creations, –four-hour projects like her famous skull-shaped black garlic-infused caramel truffles and chocolate-dipped bacon toffee that are the real pull here.
SOMA CHOCOLATEMAKER | 32 TANK HOUSE LANE, 443 KING ST. W
In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, soma is a universally endorsed drug that induces euphoria and social harmony. Producing small batch drinking chocolates, chocolate tumbled nuts, truffles, bars, and cookies – with their chocolate making business of the same name, husband-and-wife team David Castellan and Cynthia Leung have arguably been doing the same since opening their first chocolate factory in the Distillery District in 2003, now also hawking the sweet stuff on King West.
Main photo courtesy Soma Chocolate