By: Jason Freeze
Have you ever walked into a store and become awe struck with delight? To have your senses filled with the aroma of sweet chocolate and a store full of chocolatey treats right in front of your eyes? Well, owner Annette Savoie gets to see this “kid in the candy store” delight pretty much every day.
It’s really quite the ‘treat’ to see so many happy faces come through the door. And for Annette it’s one of the reasons she’s in the chocolate business. She gets to share in the delight of kids and adults as they walk through her store, tantalized by all of her goodies. Annette says, “people have the same sparkle in their eye as children walking in the store. It’s a fun business. When you work with chocolate you never feel like you work a day in your life.”
Annette, her partner Laszlo, and their team are all about giving you that delightful experience. She says, “We didn’t want to be just another chocolate shop. We want you to experience chocolate like you never have before.” With this in mind, Annette provides only the best type of chocolate to make her treats.
“First and foremost, we provide hand crafted Belgian chocolate. So we actually make it here. And we use a high cocoa butter content, which gives it a creamier taste. The higher the cocoa butter the better the quality.”
As we tried some samples, she explained that when you’re looking for chocolate you need to look for the shine. Then smell the chocolate for the aroma. When you break a piece, you should hear that crisp crack. And when you’re tasting a piece, let it melt in your mouth. It’ll give you a more full-bodied taste from the chocolate and will provide you with an even better sensation with the second bite.
As her chocolatey expertise continued to flow, she mentioned that she is just launching a group Tasting Excursion. The idea here is to provide her expertise in a group tasting session. Guests will be taken through a bit of a history lesson, and will journey together through the process of making chocolate from picking the cocoa beans all the way to her store. Once there, she can create many different things with the chocolate and will of course offer some samples of the treats that her team have created before the session. The session is about 40 minutes long and she can accommodate groups of about 15-20 people. Tickets can be purchased at $15 per person.
Once the chocolate gets to their store, Annette and her team can create many different chocolate treats and arrangements. Some of her best-selling items are the peanut butter cups, tortues (pecan and caramel), and her sea salt toffee crunch bark.
Annette also does many seasonal treats. For Valentines they’ll have chocolate covered strawberries, during the Holidays they’ll provide gift baskets and boxes, and for the whole month of October, she currently has chocolate caramel apples! For these, Annette recommends slicing and eating it in smaller bites. Its easier to eat that way and the flavour lingers longer in smaller bites. Plus, if you’re feeling nice, its easier to share that way too.
Besides the seasonal goodies, Annette also offers up some great delights all year round. They can create corporate packages, birthday and anniversary gifts and premade boxes for the everyday chocoholic. Another of their specialties are creating wedding packages. This could be guest favours or creating a dessert table for your reception.
Coming up this Fall, Annette and her team are also celebrating a milestone. Saturday, November 24th will mark her 3rd birthday celebration at the store. For the event, they will be hosting an open house with local musician Shaun Mulrain, prizes and of course samples!
So make sure to head on over to Le Chocolat du Savoie at 320 Colborne St. West (inside the Sobey’s plaza) to help celebrate their special day. And you can always stop on by regularly to settle your chocolate fix!