With Easter just around the corner, many of you will be hunting for chocolate. While a bag of drug-store treats might do the trick for some, here are a few Vancouver chocolatiers offering something different. Hop on over to the shops below to indulge your sweet tooth.
The chocolate shop on Industrial Avenue specializes in high-quality chocolates with unusual flavours and forms. For Easter, they’ve launched a small collection ranging from $12 to $30. The miniature robin eggs, which are available in packs of 10, are made with dark chocolate and filled with housemade peanut butter. The bigger praline eggs, meanwhile, are filled with a choice of hazelnut praline, raspberry almond, or pumpkin seed. For an Easter table centrepiece with true wow factor, the cubic egg, which includes both milk and dark chocolate is a one-of-a-kind chocolate sculpture.
The North Burnaby-based chocolate and pastry shop run by Swiss-born chocolatier Christophe Bonzon has once again created elaborate, sculptural Easter eggs out of chocolate. Treats range from $19.95 for a small caved egg to $65 for an extra-large egg filled with 14 individual chocolates. Kids will love the chocolate poulette, which transforms a simple chocolate egg into a cartoon chicken head.
The Easter collection at Thomas Haas is whimsical and fun. Available at both the Kitsilano and North Vancouver locations, handmade Easter treats start at $18 and top out at around $50. The Easter egg cartons come wrapped and include 12 Easter truffle eggs nestled in colourful Easter grass. Other chocolate treats include solid chocolate bunnies, sold by the weight, and hallowed chocolate Easter eggs filled with chocolate treats. The chocolate flower pot makes a great hostess gift if you’re headed to an Easter party. The sculpture features a chocolate flower pot filled with colourful chocolate eggs, a miniature chocolate bunny, and decorative yellow duck.
Chocolate Arts is a small shop and café located near Granville Island. Like its name implies, the shop specializes in sculpture and art handmade from chocolate. Its Easter collection includes over a dozen varieties, from milk-chocolate bunnies to chocolate eggs filled with other goodies. A sophisticated option is the coconut and lime egg box, a set of six small eggs made from white chocolate, lime reduction, coconut milk, and ganache set in dark chocolate. The outside of each chocolate egg is sprinkled with toasted coconut.
Coal Harbour’s Mink Chocolates has made just a few treats for the Easter holiday. Strawberry-caramel bunny bonbons have miniature paintings screened on each piece. Choose from a classic Easter bunny print of a spring motif with a more sophisticated edge. For kids, the flop-eared chocolate bunny is made from solid dark or milk chocolate. Decorated with a yellow bow, it’s almost too adorable to eat.