In Pursuit of Chocolate

by Julie Van Rosendaal

Calgarians have a long-running appreciation for good quality chocolate. The city is like a box of chocolates; you might not know what you’re gonna get – but you’ll know the getting is good.
Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut
Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut has been a sweet institution since the first store opened in 1983. Now owned by Cococo Chocolatiers, many of the chocolates they produce in their Calgary factory (and flagship store) are the same ones that made them famous in the eighties. Try the classic hazelnut cup – the dark chocolate cup filled with hazelnut paste has been on offer since the beginning.
Having operated a candy factory here since 1909, Olivier’s is Calgary’s version of Willy Wonka. The Inglewood institution makes their own version of delicious hedgehog chocolates – never mind seconds, you’ll want thirds!
Papa Chocolat
After 27 years running his chocolatier, Bernard Callebaut has reinvented himself as Papa Chocolat, crafting a new, smaller line of high quality chocolates filled with unique, hand-picked ingredients. Try the Winston (as in Churchill) – a dried grape marinated in fine malt whiskey, then wrapped in semi-sweet ganache and tucked into a shell.
Discover Calgary’s other local chocolatiers, Choklat, Epiphanie Chocolates, and Wicked Chocolate in Julie’s ‘Chocolate in the City’ article.
by Christie Goss
Many award winning chocolatiers call Alberta’s capital home and are producing enchanting chocolate creations (the uniquely-Edmonton kind) that are sure to surprise even the most seasoned chocolate lover.
JACEK Chocolate Couture
Described as artisan chocolate clad in decadence, JACEK masterpieces are a fusion of sweet treat and fashion. Each season, chocolatier Jacqueline Jacek releases a new collection offering a combination of classic flavors with a contemporary flair. High-shine and vibrant color coatings make for mouth-watering offerings.
 Sweet Lollapalooza
As Sweet Lollapalooza exclaims; while it’s not officially an essential food group yet, it’s a great time to be a chocoholic! Fresh, small batch, premium chocolate is crafted daily onsite in this boutique chocolate haven in downtown Edmonton. Inspired by what is fresh and available, as well as by the changing influences of the best chocolate in the world, creations and flavor profiles change regularly.
The Violet Chocolate Co.
The Violet Chocolate Company is a high-end boutique that uses old-world chocolate crafting techniques to produce modern, unique flavor profiles. All creations are gluten-free, ethically-sourced, and made with local ingredients whenever possible so there is nothing standing in your way of indulgence. 

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