I had the pleasure of spending several days over the past week in Toronto. A highlight of my recreational time (most of my time was tied up in meetings) took me to SOMA chocolatmaker’s new location at 443 King Street West.
In addition to SOMA’s unique chocolate creations which I’ve previously written about here, what I really love about SOMA is the fact that they carry a small selection of premium chocolate bars from around the world.
As I’m heading on a chocolate expedition to South America next month, I was particularly looking for bars from Ecuador and Peru and I wasn’t disappointed. SOMA had bars from Kallari and Republica Del Cacao of Ecuador as well as bars and chocolate treats of their own made from exquisite Peruvian chocolate.
I was ecstatic! All were delicious and unique in their own chocolate profiles. As I’ll be getting into the details of those South American chocolate flavours in future posts, I won’t get into them now. I will say that SOMA’s own Twilight Forest Bar made from Peruvian chocolate, Maldon salt, pumpkin seeds and local honey is worth a trip of any length. One of the best chocolate bars I’ve ever had, and it’s made in Toronto, Canada and available online for those of you who can’t get to Toronto via the online product list.
The purpose of this post is indeed to encourage you to look for new and different chocolate flavours wherever and whenever you travel. You’d be surprised where you might find them!
We had a lovely Italian dinner at a small bistro at 147 Spadina Avenue called Fusaro’s Kitchen Italian Eatery where I purchased a Perugina chocolate bar made in Perugia, Italy and imported by a company in New Jersey, USA … which somehow ended up in a small Italian eatery and grocery store in Toronto, Canada!
You’ll find new and exotic chocolate in all sorts of places if you keep your eyes open for it. And if you can’t travel, you can still make incredible finds online from chocolate aficionados like Sarah at ChocAdores in the UK who offers an absolutely amazing array of chocolate and coffee products. I haven’t found one on this side of the pond to be quite as extensive and enticing, but there are certainly many sites that do enable you to order and try a wide selection of chocolates from the comfort of your own home.
So let chocolate take you on a journey of exploration around the world, whether literally, by way of chocolate events, festivals and journeys near and afar, or via your imagination through tasting and enjoying the many flavours of fine artisanal chocolate.
Will you share or keep it all to yourself? Chocolate is meant to be savoured and enjoyed. Let’s share some memorable moments of chocolate discovery. Where have you been when you happened upon a chocolate creation you have not forgotten? Tell us, so that we might experience it for ourselves.
And please join us back here the week of February 27th for our next enticing post.