Where to find the best chocolate in Canada

Want to satisfy your sweet tooth with the most delicious chocolate around? We know just the places to go. Discover nine sweet shops that have the best chocolate in Canada.

By Rheanna Kish and The Test Kitchen

Where to find the best chocolate in Canada
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What better food is there to enjoy than chocolate? We asked Canadian Living readers to share their sources for the nation's best chocolate treats. Here are a few of your favourite chocolatiers. Can't make it to one of these tasty spots? No problem! You can whip up your own decadent treats with our tested-till-perfect recipe for Ganache-Filled Chocolates. 


1. Purdy's (Vancouver)
Since the opening of the original store on Robson Street, Vancouver, in 1907, Purdy's has remained dedicated to producing superb chocolates made with delectable fresh ingredients. Although it is perhaps most famous for its cute (and delicious) chocolate hedgehogs -- hedgehog-shaped chocolates with creamy hazelnut fillings -- Purdy's also creates a vast array of other specialty and filled chocolates. With almost 60 shops 
in B.C., Alberta and Ontario, and 
an online store, a hedgehog or two need never be far from you.

"The best dark chocolate is 
from Purdy's...particularly the dark chocolate pink salt 
caramels and cinnamon chili dark chocolates." 
-- Vicky Radley, 
via Facebook

2. Sweet 
Lollapalooza (Edmonton)
After years of travelling the world, Australian-born chocolatier Brett Roy settled in Edmonton to make some of the finest, freshest confections in the country, which are available at Sweet Lollapalooza. Handmade daily in small batches, his creations change regularly, depending on his inspiration and the season. One of the most popular chocolates is the Passion Paradou, a dark chocolate filled with tropical milk chocolate ganache, which was inspired by Roy's mother's passion fruit pavlova.

3. Chocolatier Constance Popp (Winnipeg)

The storefront on Portage Avenue in Winnipeg is as elegant as the chocolates themselves. Made fresh daily using 
local ingredients when possible and the best quality single-origin chocolate, Constance Popp's chocolates are like little pieces of art. Unique additions, such as maple syrup, tequila, red beets, caraway seeds and bacon, find their way into some of the chocolate creations. The flavours change constantly with the seasons, but the signature chocolate, filled with vanilla bean--cream white chocolate ganache, is a telling sign of the classic contemporary style of this shop.

4. Rheo Thompson (Stratford, Ont.)
Rheo Thompson has been delighting customers with traditional handmade chocolates and candies for more than 43 years. The Mint Smoothie is the signature chocolate that keeps customers coming back. Available in milk or dark chocolate with a refreshing mint centre, it's not to be missed. 
A giant selection of butter, vanilla and peanut butter creams rounds out the offerings. Chocolates and candies 
can also be purchased online.

"
Rheo Thompson Candies in 
Stratford, Ont. Everything in 
the place is incredible!" 
-- Julia Opie, 
via Facebook

5. Anne of Green Gables Chocolates (Charlottetown)

Drawing inspiration from P.E.I.'s most beloved fictional character, Anne of Green Gables Chocolates sells boxes 
of specialty chocolates, including Chocolate Sweeties (a delectable old-fashioned brown sugar fudge enrobed in milk chocolate), Anne's Chocolate Caramels, Bosom Buddies and Marilla's Truffles. (Anne fans will appreciate the references!) In addition to the specialty chocolates, Cow Chips -- fresh P.E.I. potato chips covered in rich milk chocolate -- are a must-try. Find them at multiple locations 
across the province or order online; the company will ship across Canada.


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