SOMA Chocolate TorontoPosted By Jennifer Ho Apr 11 2013 · 0 comments · Snacks & Street Food
So you’re walking around the Distillery District, checking out art, spending time in Old Toronto, taking in the view… out of nowhere, the smell of warm chocolate hits your nostrils. It’s sweet and thick, fragrant and unmistakable. The smell makes the taste of chocolate almost palpable. You don’t know where it’s coming from or what exactly is going on, but you know you have to find the source. If you follow your instincts, you should end up in front of SOMA Chocolate. Go ahead. Take a look inside.
As soon as you open the door, you get hit with a strong whiff of the sweet stuff and for a second your senses are overwhelmed with the scent of chocolate. You immediately notice the glass wall at the back, where you can clearly see chocolate being churned out by these beautiful machines which are then carefully mixed and baked and left to dry by the pastry chefs. It’s a process that you can’t help but stare at in wonder. Then, you take note of the neat stacks of chocolate on chocolate that deck the place out. Different percentages of darkness and richness, a variety of different flavors and add-ins, chocolate popcorn, chocolate toffee, chocolate coffee… You name it, they’ve probably got some variation of it.
After browsing the selection for a bit, we opted to order some hot chocolate and bask in the chocolate aroma. I got the Mayan hot chocolate – made with cayenne for a touch of heat and a combination of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg for a warm spiced taste, my cup was filled to the brim with this thick, drinkable chocolate. Took me a while to finish it due to its richness, but well worth it. The espresso hot chocolate had a distinct coffee taste that cut through the sweetness – recommended for those who like more of a bitter taste.
Of course we couldn’t leave without trying some of the bite sized truffles. The Sicilian pistachio was one of my favorites while the bergamot came as a close second.
Worthy to note that Soma Chocolate has been named “Best Chocolate” by Now Mag. Miss this place already.
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