ChocoSol Traders – Jaguar chocolate workshop

I just want to give a quick shout out about an upcoming event that is happening for people who love chocolate. ChocoSol Traders is having a Jaguar Chocolate Workshop on Thursday, March 12 from 6-9pm. I had the pleasure of taking a hands-on workshop at ChocoSol Traders last year and was blown away by how much I learned about what isContinue reading “ChocoSol Traders – Jaguar chocolate workshop”

Chocolate isn’t good for you after all

As a dietitian I keep hearing this questions time and time again – is chocolate good for you? Some common responses: Yes! Because it contains anti-oxidants. (This is true) No. Because chocolate contains a lot of fat and sugar. (This is also true) *sigh* I always find headlines like this exhausting because truth be told,Continue reading “Chocolate isn’t good for you after all”

My visit to a chocolate factory – ChocoSol Traders

In order to get more insight about how chocolate is made, I went to a chocolate making tour/workshop at ChocoSol Traders – a boutique, artisanal chocolate shop in Toronto. Chocolate comes from cacao trees which produce pods that hang from the trees and contain cocao seeds. The seeds (also called beans) are separated from theContinue reading “My visit to a chocolate factory – ChocoSol Traders”

Is there such a thing as gluten free chocolate?

I was in one of my favourite chocolate shops when I heard a customer ask “Do you sell gluten free chocolate?” My ears immediately perked up and I tried to nonchalantly see what the person behind the counter would do. She started pointing out a number of chocolates behind the counter that were ‘gluten free’.Continue reading “Is there such a thing as gluten free chocolate?”

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Christmas on the Westcoast – visiting Chocolate Arts

I’m originally from Vancouver so every year I go back for Christmas – which is great. I get to escape the cold Toronto winter for a week and spend time with family and friends. I also get to visit some of my favourite food places. The places can change over the years but right nowContinue reading “Christmas on the Westcoast – visiting Chocolate Arts”

Molten lava cake – is it worth making from scratch?

I have been meaning to do a molten lava cake post ever since I did the taste test on mug cake which apparently is a (very distant) descendant of molten lava cake. I was so disappointed with mug cake that I made it a point to remind myself of the original decadent (and high end) dessertContinue reading “Molten lava cake – is it worth making from scratch?”

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Cook-off: Molten lava cake

For this taste test we bought The Decadent Molten Lava Cakes by President’s Choice ($6.99/4 servings) and Sensations by Compliments Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes ($7.99/4 servings). We then made our own molten lava cakes and tasted all three against each other. The frozen versions come pre-portioned in plastic cups that you pop them out of ontoContinue reading “Cook-off: Molten lava cake”