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Chocolat | Victoria | Fort St, near Douglas

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#1 Caramia

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 04:40 PM

This is my favourite chocolate shop in Victoria. Unlike the rich sweet chocolates of Rogers and Purdies, these are creamy and silky tasting. One chocolate and I am transported. But today I am inspired because I tried their cafe mocha for the first time. I think I am in love. I have not had a better cafe mocha ever, anywhere, period. Not even at Habit, and that is saying alot! I guess they use their own chocolate. I'd asked for whipped cream and chocolate shavings but the fellow making it seemed a bit hesitant, and I was sort of in a rush so I took it without. And I am glad I didn't. It would have been a sacrilege.

#2 Ms. B. Havin

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 05:11 PM

I agree, this place has the best chocolates -- and great coffee, too. Whenever anyone at our house has a birthday or there's some special event, we use it as an excuse to get a box of chocolates. Out of this world...
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#3 martini

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 05:48 PM

Thanks for the info!
I don't know how many times I've walked by there wondering what it's like.

#4 G-Man


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Posted 13 August 2008 - 06:11 AM

I love how you can smell it on the street when you walk by.

#5 Dinya

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 08:25 AM

Their truffle chocolates are to die for too.

#6 martylopez

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 11:09 AM

I stopped by twice during a recent trip to Victoria. I quite enjoyed the wasabi ginger.


#7 Matt R.

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 09:36 PM

Stopped in today on the way to work and picked up a medium sized box of their choice - $105/kg, it ain't cheap. The good stuff never is.

And this was good stuff.... the filled chocolates all have a nice thin shell, lots of snap (excellent tempering, I bet they use a machine) and clearly quality ingredients going in. Of the few I tried tonight, I particularly like the soft filled ones, nice and runny. The whole experience was deeply satisfying. While I still really like Purdy's and Rogers, there really isn't much point in comparing the three stores. Chocolat is just that different.

Better than my usual Cadbury Fruit and Nut bar!


#8 julienne

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 09:34 AM

Sad to hear that Helene Pappas the mastermind behind Chocolat died at the end of March. Rest in peace.


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