Believe it: Many women will opt for chocolate over sex. Don’t make her choose on Valentine’s Day, of all days. Whet her appetite with product from Toronto’s finest chocolate shops. The rest is up to you.
The chocolatiers at Soma roast small batches of fair trade, organic cacao beans, masterfully executing truffles, cacao nibs and micro-batch single-origin bars. Their Mayan Hot Chocolate — dark chocolate, ginger, vanilla and chili — is the perfect antidote to winter. 55 Mill St., Bldg. 48, 416-815-7662.
Visit this Parisian bakery for Valrhona chocolate ganache-filled cappuccino macaroons, or the Addiction cake: a pink cylinder of chocolate, stuffed with pomegranate and dark chocolate mousse and topped with a dark chocolate truffle. 780 Queen St. W., 416-368-2009.
DailyXY blogger Chris McDonald channels Spain in his vision for Xococava: His talented staff offers creative truffle concoctions, including those filled with Pedro Ximenez sherry, rosemary and honey, and, you’re reading correctly, chorizo. If sausage and chocolate won’t do the trick, opt for a sure bet: fudge brownie ice cream. 1560 Yonge St., 416-979-9916.
OMG Baked Goodness
The best way to a woman’s heart? Vegan chocolate cupcakes, my friend. Don’t let the V-word scare you; these moist, rich delights are decidedly decadent, with icing so creamy, you won’t believe it’s not butter. 1561 Dundas St. W., 647-3485-OMG.
The handmade truffles here fuse traditional French techniques with exciting flavours. Think tangy raspberry vinegar, cardamom and silver leaf, or the classic cognac ganache. Each truffle is topped with edible cocoa butter artwork. 829 Dundas St. W., 416-538-1016.
Image courtesy of Renée Suen