"Agave Orange Meets Walnuts" -
sweet chewy orange peel with crunchy walnut pieces
We wandered in after running errands one recent afternoon, and we sure are glad we did. We met and had a delicious chat with chocolatier Diane, whose pride in her fine quality products was clear from the get-go. Diane informed us that she inherited her love of chocolate, as well as some of her recipes from her Canadian-French memere, and then studied in Belgium to learn technique. She uses organic ingredients (including sweeteners) whenever possible, only the highest quality dark chocolate, and dried fruits and nuts from a local supplier.
"Egyptian Jewel" -
a truffle of chocolate ganache, roasted cardamom,
nutmeg, cinnamon and orange peel
The "factory store," located in the Manchester Parkade Plaza, consists of a wide storefront with two cases full of a variety of chocolates; one case is entirely sugar free. Each chocolate is prettier than the next, made with many different shapes and molds. All are labelled with mouth-watering descriptions of the ingredients, so you can find exactly what you're looking for, or be tempted by the offerings. The flavor combinations are sophisticated as well as delicious.
"Hot and Smokey Caramel" -
dark-chocolate coated buttery caramel
with the spicy kick of chili pepper
and the smoky saltiness of smoked sea salt
We tried a dozen different chocolates and not one was a disappointment. Half-way through nibbling, we thought we ought to take a few pictures of some of our absolute favorites. Thank goodness we bought some doubles!
"Ginger Explosion" -
a truffle with candied ginger
roasted in cayenne pepper and cinnamon
Behind the storefront is the factory where Diane concocts and packages her creations. Her hand-made organic chocolates are gluten-free and vegan, and made without cholesterol, trans fat, corn syrup, or refined sugar. And they are some of the best chocolates we have ever had - and that includes chocolates from France and Belgium. This chocolate shop truly is a "treasure." We will be back, again and again and again!
We don't know the name of this one,
but it was a caramel with subtle vanilla and lavender flavors.