Ontario’s top chocolatiers
It’s loaded with flavanols, naturally-occurring compounds that are powerful antioxidants. It contains serotonin, a mood enhancer and stress reliever. And, perhaps most importantly, it tastes like a slice of heaven.
For all these reasons, we’re taking the hunt out of finding your chocolate fix this season.
Discover the amazing treats Ontario’s bakers, confectioners and chocolate makers are whipping up on these chocolate trails and tours.
Join local foodie tour company, C’est Bon, on a tasting adventure through the historic ByWard Market neighbourhood in downtown Ottawa.
Sample chocolate creations including pastries, gelato, hot chocolate and macarons in specialty shops, cafes and restaurants.
Walking tours take place on Saturdays, and last approximately two hours. Private tours can be arranged for groups of four or more.
This self-guided trail will lead your taste buds to sweet treats like hand-made truffles, chocolate honey and chocolate martinis.
Trail guides are available to purchase at several places in downtown Stratford. Each package contains six vouchers for your choice of participating stops along the trail. Meet the makers and sample their creations. And there’s no need to rush. The vouchers can be used over multiple days for those who really want to savour the experience.
Stops along the trail include Black Angus Bakery, Lady Glaze Doughnuts, Rheo Thompson Candies and Rocky Mtn Chocolate.
Chocoholics at Tasty Tours offer the ultimate guided weekend journey that follows the flavour of chocolate to downtown boutique sweet shops and chocolatiers and even includes an exclusive chocolate-making demonstration.
Top it off with a Toffle, a decadent, Canadian-inspired cross between a maple butter tart and a chocolate truffle.
Tours start at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and last about three hours. Kids under seven years old are free.
Set out on a customized, self-guided, two-day road trip to taste candied treats and chocolate galore from Cobourg to Campbellford.
Obsessed with all things chocolate, CFX is always experimenting with new ingredients, techniques and combinations resulting in some of the best and most unexpected assortments of chocolate products.
Sample amazing creations and witness the chocolate-making process a tour of the facility, located in the heart of wine country.
Chocolate tours take place daily between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and last about an hour, although you’ll want to make time to visit their retail store and pick up your favourite flavours. They’re also wheelchair accessible.
Location: 335 Four Mile Creek Road, St. Davids
Visit this award-winning bean-to-bar chocolate workshop in eastern Ontario, less than an hour west of Ottawa. Browse the retail store for a wide assortment of delicious chocolates, confections and more and including the prize-winning Hispaniola bar.
Witness the magic happen on a guided tour. Follow the full process, from ethical and sustainable bean sourcing to wrapping the final product and all the complex steps in between.
Tours take place every Saturday and require advance ticket reservations as space is limited.
Location: 476 Ottawa Street, Almonte
This Toronto-based chocolatier was voted one of the world’s top 10 chocolate shops in the world by National Geographic.
Soma chocolates started out with a facility and shop in Toronto’s distillery district and has since expanded to two stores and a factory facility in the Greater Toronto Area.
Sample and shop in one of their boutiques or visit the chocolate factory for special workshops and tastings.
More chocolate shops
Located almost exactly halfway between Waterloo and London, Habitual Chocolate is home to Canada’s largest selection of handcrafted, artisanal bean-to-bar chocolate.
You’ll also discover treats like chocolate dipped fruit, delicious hot chocolate and handmade ice cream.
Location: 389 Dundas Street, Woodstock
Annies Chocolates is a family owned and operated business that was born from a special recipe book handed down in the family for over a century.
Signature treats include handmade chocolates, fudge, candies and butter tarts.
Raven Rising started out as an e-commerce business but has recently opened its doors to a downtown Sudbury shop.
Chef and owner Tammy Maki embraces her Indigenous heritage and love of confectionery by creating delicious and innovative chocolate treats using Indigenous ingredients.
Location: 66 Cedar Street, Sudbury
A visit to Hershey’s Chocolate World in Niagara Falls is bliss for anyone with a sweet tooth. Signature products in the store’s cafe include a Hershey milkshake topped with a single Hershey Kiss.
Create a mix of your favourite chocolates, pose for a picture with your favourite Hershey chocolate characters in the photo studio and shop for Hershey branded merchandise. You’ll find everything from shirts and stuffed animals to keychains and beer mugs.
Location: 5701 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls
Muskoka’s favourite chocolate stop supplies the best Belgian chocolates and handmade truffles as well as an array of candies and ice cream flavours. Other locations in the province include Toronto and Port Perry.
Location: 65 Main Street East, Huntsville
Get your fill of chocolate dipped strawberries, truffles, mint sensations, artisan chocolate bars, chocolate covered nuts, chewy caramels, salt water taffy and more.
This family-owned and operated shop first opened in Paris, but the business has expanded to a second location in Ancaster.
Location: 89 Grand River Street North, Paris
A wide variety of unique and novelty chocolate molds and designs at Williams are a big hit for special holidays like Valentine’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
And the traditional handcrafted Belgian style chocolate is a perfect gift for the chocolate lover in your life any time of year.
Location: 460 Hopkins Street, Whitby
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Last updated: October 16, 2023