Cacao is often referred to as a “food of the gods” and when it is turned into delicious chocolate, we can certainly see why. The earliest consumption of cacao can be traced back to 1900 BC with the Olmecs, the first major civilization in Mexico. What began as a spiced beverage eventually evolved into the chocolate we know and love. Toronto has several chocolatiers all over the city that are making incredible chocolate, each in their own unique way. We have created this list of our favourite chocolatiers with confections that will be sure to impress any chocolate lover.
Soul Chocolate specializes in single origin chocolate bars. All their cacao beans are ethically sourced and they have direct relationships with cacao farmers. The cacao beans are then processed in Toronto down to their chocolate bars. Aside from chocolate bars they also make drinking chocolate which you can enjoy directly at their shop or you can purchase a little tin of it to make an indulgent treat in the comfort of your own home. The drinking chocolate is available in Classic and in Chocolate Mint.
Chocosol specializes in bean to bar, stone ground, artisan dark chocolate and drinking chocolate. The “sol” in their name represents how their cacao beans are roasted by solar power in Oaxaca, Mexico, the French word for soil, which is integral to how cacao is grown and the word soul in English. Chocosol was founded in Oaxaca and has been based in Toronto since shortly after their inception. Chocosol works with small farming communities and pay above fair trade costs for their cacao. The Jaguar Swirl bar made with rare albino cacao is truly unique. Chocosol also offers workshops and tours at their shop.
Odile Chocolat’s creations are all completely made by hand. Chocolatier Odile Chatelain is originally from Paris and her chocolates are inspired by her travels. All her bon bons are made with hand cut ganache that is then hand dipped.Odile truly extracts the purest flavours from her ingredients and her Fresh Mint chocolate bon bon tastes like biting into a real mint leaf. All her creations involving citrus peels, are candied in house before they can dipped in chocolate or added to her chocolate ganache fillings. You can also take workshops with Odile herself and learn to make your own chocolate treats.
Soma Chocolatemaker is a bean to bar chocolatier and their cacao beans are ground with a restored 80 year old granite mill at their Distillery District location. Soma Chocolatemaker has a large variety of incredible chocolate confections including bon bons, bars, tumbled nuts and dried fruits, cookies, and amazing chocolate gelato as well. For those that want to learn more, Soma Chocolatemaker also offers guided tastings at their different locations.
Onyx Chocolates make both chocolate bars and chocolate bon bons and they all have inventive flavours. Expect to find colourful chocolate bon bons with flavours like Black Currant Violent and even the king of fruits, Durian. Their bon bons are also very beautiful with colourful designs and geometric lines. Occasionally, they make special edition bars in flavours that are only available for a limited time, such as their Mango Jasmine bar that is currently available. You can find Onyx Chocolates inside of Wong’s Ice Cream, one of our favourite spots for a cold treat.
Stubbe Chocolates & Pastry is owned by Chef Daniel Stubbe, a sixth generation pastry chef who grew up in Meppen, Germany. His shop has beautiful handcrafted chocolate truffles, chocolate bars and decadent pastries and cakes. Chef Stubbe’s desserts are made with family recipes that have been passed down for generations and he tries to combine traditional European flavours with modern chocolate making techniques for their products.
In January 2018, Chef Stubbe launched two exclusive chocolates with Cacao Barry called Verliebt and Verspielt, which means love and playful in German.
CXBO stands for Chocolates by Brandon Olsen. CXBO makes vibrant chocolate bon bons and chocolate bars splattered like a Jackson Pollock painting in creative flavours. They are also known for their signature Ziggy Stardust Disco Egg which is a large hand painted chocolate egg that is filled with several types of aerated chocolate. A variation of this egg can be found at La Banane, a restaurant from the same owners as CXBO. La Banane diners smash the egg together to enjoy hand rolled truffles hidden inside.