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Canadian Chocolate Partners 2020

Just 3 of our many bean to bar chocolate partners in Canada

ChocoSol

We are madly in love with these unique bars by ChocoSol. Made with Mexican, Guatemalan, Dominican Republic and Ecuadorian cocoa beans and, using a specific method that involves a low processing time, the result is a “rustic, full bodied mouth-feel and texture” that is simply delicious.

Using other ingredients, such as vanilla, sea salt, cherry, and pumpkin seeds or chilis, ChocoSol changes the texture, mouth-feel and experience of each unique bar.

ChocoSol’s award winning Jaguar Swirl and Jaguar Pure are beautifully made bars using albino cacao grown in Mexico. This cacao is seeing a regeneration through the efforts of ChocoSol and other artisans and farmers. These two bars are exceptional in taste and texture and should be on your “must try” list!

All bars are soy, gluten, dairy and nut free as well as vegan, and made in Toronto.

cócó

We first tried cócó bars at the Winter Chocolate Show in Toronto in 2018 and decided right away that we needed to offer these bars to our customers. Brendan makes all his bars in small batches in Kingston, Ontario. All of his bars are made with Peruvian cocoa beans from the Ucayali River area, known for delicate fruity flavours, that provide a base for Brenda’s creative flavour inclusions.

Raspberry Tea, Olive Oil, Beer, Strawberry Champagne and Raspberry Balsamic are just some of the interesting flavour combinations in these 70% dark bars.

Bars are made with organic cacao and organic cane sugar and are soy free. 

DESBARRES

Based in Uxbridge, Ontario, chocolate makers Erik and Ariane are making single origin bars with fantastic flavour and a wonderful mouth feel. At the 2019 Academy of Chocolate Awards in London, UK, DESBARRES was the Winner of the International Rising Star Award, as well as receiving Gold awards for 2 bars, and bronze for 3 others!

Using cacao beans from Guatemala, Madagascar, Belize and Dominican Republic, and mixing in some interesting flavours such as saffron, cardamom, black pepper or nutmeg their bars are a stand out for unique flavour! 

All bars are gluten and soy free, and vegan.

Finnia

Finnia is a customer favourite with their ever changing assortment of bars. Lisabeth, the chief chocolate maker at Finnia, is always working on new bars, whether it’s different origins or flavour combinations, she is often coming up with a new bar we absolutely have to have in our store! 

In 2018, two of Finnia's bars were awarded Bronze in their categories by the Academy of Chocolate 2018. Buttermilk, so rich and creamy you’ll moan when you taste it. 80% Canadian Maple that will make you stand up and pay attention to the flavour the maple adds to the rich flavours of the Honduras cocoa.

The 70% Honduras bar is a new addition in our Chocolate & Wine events because it pairs so deliciously well with it’s Catena Malbec partner! And the Special Edition bar The Sweet & Salty Canadian in a Peruvian cacao, sweetened with maple sugar and sprinkled with pure maple flakes, is not to be missed!

Made with all organic ingredients.

Hummingbird

Hummingbird Chocolate needs no introduction! Our local rock star of the chocolate world, making award winning chocolate from their workshop in Almonte, Ont.

Whether you like plain dark bars with beans from Honduras, Dominican Republic, Columbia or Haiti, or flavoured bars like the Mayan, Fleur de Sel or PB and Joy - or even want to enjoy a bar sweetened with maple, Hummingbird has made a bar, or two, for you!

Hummingbird Chocolate bars have been recognized internationally for their wonderful chocolate.  Along with receiving at least 85 awards from The Academy of Chocolate or the International Chocolate competitions, in 2016 they were awarded with the Golden Bean, giving their hispaniola bar the prestigious title of “best chocolate in the world”!

The plain bars are soy free, gluten free and vegan. 

McGuire Chocolate

Recently relocated from Calgary to St Andrews, New Brunswick, Mark and Victoria have been making chocolate since 2016. Their line of single origin bars ranges in cocoa content from 55% to 100% and they are working with some pretty interesting bean origins.

Along with beans from Belize, Costa Rica and Venezuela, they also use beans from India and Colombia. They love their cat so much, they have named all their flavour bars after him, so you can see Hank the cat on their milk, spicy, peanut and salted bars!

The newest bar we have in store is the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie bar with beans from Venezuela and Vegan Oat Milk, this bar tastes like an oatmeal raisin cookie!

All bars are soy and gluten free.

Olivia

Made in Gatineau Quebec using a process that removes the bitterness from chocolate, Olivia Chocolat produces high cocoa content bars that are rich and full of flavour. Their chocolate is also vegan, allergen free and nut free – so that means everyone can enjoy this chocolate!

“Milk” options are created with coconut milk or hemp milk. Combining superfoods and a high cocoa content for “milk” bars makes for a sweet but healthy option and perfect for when your sweet tooth has a craving.

Palette de Bine

In Mont Tremblant, Quebec, chocolate maker, Palette de Bine, suffered a devastating fire in the fall of 2017, losing everything – the work shop, recipes, cocoa beans and the store. But, Christine Blais, the chocolate maker extraordinaire behind Palette de Bine, worked through this major set back and is producing beautiful bars once again.

Particular about the cacao beans she uses, Christine’s current assortment includes bars with Peru Nacional, Madagascar, Ecuador, Bolivia, Tanzania cacao as well as the newest beans - single-origin chocolate from Trinidad. Each with amazing and very different flavour profiles despite the same origin. The award winning Bines a l’erable made from Bolivia Wild Harvest cacao and Maple is to die for!

Other inclusions are coffee, fleur de sel, coconut and the very intriguing Sapin, a bar made with balsam fir needles grounded into powder and 70% Wild Bolivia cacao.

As well, a 100% Guatemala bar and a 110% bar. When asked what the heck is a 110% bar, Christine tells us it’s the 100% bar with 10% more cocoa nibs sprinkled in : )

The bars are all dairy, gluten, soy and nut free.

Sirene

We sell so many bars by Sirene Chocolate we never seem to have them all in stock at the same time! 

Sirene Chocolate is crafted by Taylor Kennedy in his workshop in Victoria BC. He uses direct-sourced beans from select farms and “brings out the complex range of natural flavours inherent in each bean and transforms it into the chocolate of your dreams.” (Sirene). And true to his word, Taylor is producing dreamy chocolate that is winning multiple awards every year.

We love how Taylor describes his multi award winning Dark Milk bar - “Lets’ be clear. This is not milk chocolate, it is dark chocolate with milk added as flavour.” Say what?

All bars, except Dark Milk, are gluten, soy, dairy and nut free.

SOMA

SOMA Chocolate started their adventure into chocolate in 2003, working from their workshop/retail shop in the Distillery area of Toronto. Their chocolate is nothing short of amazing and is loved by their fellow Torontonians, as well as anyone who can get their hands on it! We have been fortunate to carry SOMA chocolate in our store since we began our own chocolate adventure back in 2012.

Award winning, creative and explorative chocolate makers, the people at SOMA continue to send us our old favourites and give us new favourites.

Options include dairy free, gluten free, soy free plain dark micro batch bars made from single origin beans, as well as Roasted White, Milk Old School and Milk Starry Night.

Sweetness Chocolate

Sweetness Chocolate was added to our store after meeting Michèle Bowman, chocolate maker with a MAJOR creative streak, at the Winter Chocolate Show in 2019. Her bars are all bean to bar with origins such as Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Honduras and Peru and when she combines these beans with her imagination - WHAM! And her imagination never ends, so we receive new flavour combos every time she sends us a box!

Roasted White with Salt, Strawberry Pink Pepper, Spicy Peanut Praline, Anise and Sea Salt are just a few of the many flavour combinations we have put on the shelves! Michèle crafts her chocolate in Windsor, Ontario.


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