Toronto is a top destination for chocolate lovers
Being one who has the good fortune to travel often and quite extensively, I have made many dear friends in other cities, and would like to thank my dear friend, Virginia, of Toronto, for having sent me the best birthday present this chocolate-loving girl could ever hope for: SOMA chocolates. Virginia knows good chocolate as she and I visited three European countries last fall and ate chocolate until we had to resort to storing it in our cheeks because it wouldn’t go down.
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For those of you who have never tasted the ecstasy known to me as SOMA chocolate, you are truly missing out. It is without doubt, among the best Canadian-made chocolate I have ever eaten. I adore their dark chocolate truffles filled with ganache made from poignant flavours such as Douglas Fir tree sap, bergamot, Arbequina Spanish olive oil, 8-year-old balsamic vinegar, and local Canadian whisky. They are artistically designed and made from cocoa beans roasted and ground right on the premises.
Virginia was kind enough to send me 2 of SOMA’s delicious mini bars. Just 65 grams each and divided into tiny squares so that those who feel they must practice restraint can easily do so. Unfortunately, SOMA chocolates are best eaten within 10 days of purchase, so I’m just doing my duty in making quick work of it. And yes, my dear chocolate-loving friends, eating chocolate is indeed work for me. I am one of those lucky individuals who LOVES my job!
On my chocolate quests to Toronto, I always try to make a trek to SOMA chocolatemaker to indulge in their single origin truffles.
My palate has become much more refined during the eight years I have been immersed in the world of artisan chocolate. It’s much like drinking wine. You’ve got to keep trying different ones to be able to differentiate between them and to find the ones that you particularly like or don’t like and be able to determine why.
I’m now ready to put SOMA’s single origin truffles to the test against Norman Love’s BLACK collection. I can’t imagine anything being better than them, but then … I hadn’t yet experienced SOMA’s product of quite the same grade.
That’s something you’ll learn after eating a lot of great chocolate. There are often several different grades of chocolate right within the same small shop. As in the case of Norman Love, SOMA, and other fine chocolatemakers … they’re all good. But it is when you get to the purest of chocolate such as the single origin truffles, that you get the flavour, texture, and appearance that sets the best several grades above the rest.
To me, really good chocolate is never too sweet, too bitter, or too gritty. It should be silky smooth (in texture), pure (in ingredients) and intense (in flavour.) And I know I will always find that in the remarkable quality of chocolates I get from SOMA chocolatemaker of Toronto. They are considered by many to be the best Canada has to offer.
Another great chocolate creation made by SOMA is the Milk Old School bar. This thing is addictive! The bar is made from 38% Venezuelan Criollo and is crunchy with cocoa nibs. I live it, and it is surprisingly unsweet for a ‘milk’ chocolate. I loved it paired with a nice glass of Washington Merlot.
Which is why I was happy to include SOMA chocolatemaker on the list I wrote for National Geographic Traveler featuring the 10 Best Chocolate Shops in the world. It is a great chocolate company that never ceases to satisfy.
Another great place to discover great chocolate in Toronto is at The Candy Bar. This small shop is owned by Paola, an incredible chocolate curator with a terrific assortment of amazing chocolate from around the world. Don’t miss it if you’re in Toronto and are a fan of handcrafted artisan chocolate.