celebrating Manitoba-made chocolate

Celebrating Manitoba Day on May 12th always gives me a great opportunity to celebrate the growth and diversity of Manitoba-made chocolate. In this post, I’d like to welcome the newest contributor to the Manitoba chocolate scene.

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I first met Amanda Green of the Melt Chocolate Company at the Everything Chocolate Event in Winnipeg in 2018.

The Melt Chocolate Company was founded in 2018 by Amanda Green of Winnipeg–a former Principal Dancer with the world renown Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Devastated by a hip injury that ended her dancing career far too early, Amanda choose to find a new outlet for her creativity and artistry in the world of artisanal chocolate. From a small commercial kitchen in Winnipeg, she make several flavours of truffles but the Hibiscus Rose housed in white chocolate and the Salted Tequila Lime enrobed in a 70% dark chocolate are the most popular. Although I generally gravitate toward dark chocolate, I truly love the creamy texture of the Hibiscus Rose and the caramel notes found in the Cacao Barry Zephyr White Chocolate.

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We featured the Hibiscus Rose Truffles of Melt Chocolate at our celebration of Manitoba-made chocolate on May 11, 2019, and they were extremely popular with the attendees. These are truly a work of chocolate art.

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Working with couverture from Cacao Barry, Amanda has chosen to join the ranks of hybrid chocolatiers like The Chocolate Lab of Calgary, Alberta, and Adorable Chocolat of Shediac, New Brunswick, who have created their own personalized three-origin Or Noir recipe with guidance from Cacao Barry’s chocolate lab located just outside of Paris, France, and plans to launch Enso, her signature 72.6% dark chocolate bar very shortly. I’ve had the pleasure of tasting the Enso chocolate and really love the vibrancy of its flavours. There is absolutely no bitterness, yet there is an intensity of true chocolate flavour. I love it!

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This is the custom couverture that Cacao Barry has developed for Winnipeg’s Melt Chocolate Company.

As soon as the packaging for the Enso Bar has been developed, I’ll plug the photo in here. But for now, I’ll leave you with a taste-tempting visual of the chocolate discs for the newest pure made-in-Manitoba chocolate bar to hit the streets of the Manitoba capital.

I am thrilled that my hometown of Winnipeg has become a chocolate destination for chocolate lovers from around the world to explore with Manitoba-made chocolate from Morden’s of Winnipeg, Chocolatier Constance Popp, Decadence Chocolates, and Aschenti Cocoa–all featured in exclusive posts on this site and featured at the exclusive 2019 Manitoba Day chocolate tasting. In my work with Chocolatour, I have made an effort to feature chocolate from destinations off the beaten path, and that can certainly be said about Winnipeg, a city of 700,000 set in the geographic centre of Canada. So, welcome Melt Chocolate Company. May you sweeten the the chocolate stage in Winnipeg for many years to come.

Doreen Pendgracs

Known throughout the Web as the "Wizard of Words", I've been a freelance writer since 1993. I'm currently researching and writing volume II of "Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate". Volume I was published in September, 2013.

39 Responses

  1. Janie Law says:

    I found Aschenti Cocoa the first time at Pineridge Farmers Market. I have gone to their place of work on Corydon and bought a variety of their bars for myself and for gifts.
    I have also gone to Constance Popp place of business on Provencher. Love her ginger covered chocolate pieces.
    I am so looking forward to trying yet another chocolate combination. Fell in love with truffles in Tuscany and Hibiscus is my favourite tea combo must be heaven on the tongue

  2. Janet says:

    Those chocolate truffles look so beautiful and yummy!!

  3. Kemkem says:

    OMG the salted tequila lime sounds insanely good! I was drooling reading this. A big welcome to the newest addition to the Manitoba chocolate scene, and thanks for sharing :-).

  4. Nice that you’ve found artisanal chocolates closer to home to satisfy emergency cravings!:-)

    • Doreen says:

      For sure, Irene! I’ve spent a lot of time searching the world for great chocolate. It feels great to know there is now a good variety right here in my home town!

  5. Patti Morrow says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how you manage to sniff out the best chocolate destinations! This time, right in your own hometown — I won’t lie, that would be VERY dangerous for me! I can’t stop thinking about the salted Tequila Lime in 70% dark chocolate. That has my name all over it!

  6. Cindy Ladage says:

    How interesting to go from dancing to becoming a chocolatier! Fascinating!

  7. I should never, ever read these posts without chocolate–good chocolate–on hand. Gosh, these look delicious. I prefer dark chocolate, but would be very tempted by anything Ms. Green puts together!

  8. Lori says:

    I agree with RoseMary. I have to remember to have some good chocolate at the ready. The Melt Chocolate Company is amazing. I wanna hang with you on your next chocolate adventure;)

  9. Beverly says:

    I am certain the Hibiscus Rose chocolates taste as good as they look.

    Congratulations to Amanda Green for finding such a satisfying and creative career.

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Bev. Yes, that Hibiscus Rose truffle is indeed divine. I’m really impressed by Amanda’s creativity and how she brings her artistry into the world of chocolate. I think we will see many more great things from her as she progresses.I hope you will join is for the June 14th wine and chocolate pairing event at Aaron’s on the Lake in Ponemah. πŸ™‚
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  10. I always enjoy your columns! Divine descriptions and photos. Chocolate take on a new dimension with your blog…thank you!

  11. Karen Warren says:

    I love the way these chocolates are made to look as good as they taste! I think my choice would be the Salted Tequila Lime.

  12. Cynthia says:

    I would never have guessed Manitoba being a chocolate destination until I read your blog! We have Jacek in Edmonton.

  13. Rhonda Albom says:

    Those truffles are works of art. The Tequila Lime truffle sounds really good.

  14. Leslie Hanson says:

    Thank you for a great evening last night at Evergreen Gate for your wine and chocolate pairing event. Loved your presentation and obvious passion for all things chocolate! The chocolates and wine were so good and I absolutely loved the cacao tea! I think I might be seeing you in June at your next event!

    • Thank you so much, Leslie, for coming out to the event with your family. I enjoyed meeting you all! And I’ll look forward to meeting your mother if you come out for the June 14th event in Ponemah. Aaron’s on the Lake is an incredible destination. Be sure to book your tickets as soon as you can as it sold out last tome we did it. See the link on my events page. Thanks and have a wonderful Mother’s Day!
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  15. Erin says:

    I need to get to Manitoba to try some of these chocolates! Those chocolates from Melt are works of art. Definitely thinking I need to get to Winnipeg soon!

  16. Interesting reading about Manitoba-made chocolate. I’m on board with all of it. Pinned your post. Thanks.

  17. Happy Manitoba Day — belatedly. Hope you enjoyed your favorite chocolates to celebrate. Melt’s chocolates look delicious and so pretty. Yay for Amanda Green!

  18. Doreen, we loved this piece on Manitoba made chocolate. We are actually planning our first Canadian city visit this summer, in Quebec City. We hope to find some nice chocolatiers there.

  19. Delores Luschinski says:

    The Hibiscus Rose truffle was almost too pretty to eat! So beautifully decorated. I loved the creamy centre and delicate taste. I would definitely purchase this one. The evening was as educational as it was tasty! Thank you for passing on your love of chocolate!

  20. I absolutely loved the Hibiscus Rose truffle, tasted at the Manitoba Day chocolate and wine pairing at Evergreen Gate. Would love to try the dark chocolate and lime sometime! Thank you for introducing me to these and other local chocolate delicacies!

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