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What’s not to love about chocolate? It can be sweet, bitter, salty or fruity and comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Plus, it seems to be the magic ticket to making any crummy day just a little bit better.

But you don’t have to be a fan of the stuff in order to appreciate these amazing creations from some of Canada’s best chocolate makers. From truffles of all different colours to full-on sculptures and works of art, here are some of the most brilliant displays our country’s chocolatiers have to offer.

Soma

David Castellan and Cynthia Leung opened their first Toronto shop back in 2003; since then, Soma has become one of the best-known chocolate stops in the city. It’s so popular that they’ve even opened a second location. Just look at these gorgeous chocolate eggs on hazelnut nests, which fit into rustic mason jars and make for perfect, little gifts.


CXBO

Chocolates X Brandon Olsen, another Toronto-based stop, features eclectic chocolate combinations like ginger tea, pear and maple or pink lemonade. As a trained chef, Olsen has been running the company with his fiancee Sarah Keenleyside since 2016. And with gorgeous truffles in all hues of the rainbow, one box just wouldn’t be enough.

Sweet Lollapalooza

Handmade ganaches, chocolate bars, truffles and bon bons are the claim to fame for this internationally-renowned Edmonton shop. Australian chef-turned-chocolatier Brett Roy’s creations are as delicious as they are unique. We mean, just check out these awesome metallic swirls.

Chocolatier Constance Popp

This popular Winnipeg shop uses only natural, whole food ingredients with no preservatives or artificial flavours to make little flavour bombs of heaven. Or big bombs, if you’re looking at this intricate and layered blueberry chocolate bomb — it’s big enough to share… but you probably won’t want to.

Newfoundland Chocolate Company

Handmade chocolates that are delicious, eye-catching and showcase the province is the mantra of this chocolate company, which now boasts storefront locations in Nova Scotia as they continue to expand. So how did they capture our hearts? Well let’s just say we’ve never seen a chocolate sculpture quite like this before…

Beta5 Chocolates

This Vancouver shop has quite the list of accolades behind it, including one of the top 10 chocolatiers in North America and more than a few international chocolate awards. Co-founder Adam Chandler’s chocolate creations are elegant and pretty, with just the right touch of sophistication.


ChocolaTas

Master Belgium chocolate maker Wim Tas loves the stuff so much that chocolate is what brought him and his wife, fellow chocolatier Veve, together in the first place. When the couple immigrated to Canada, they opened this popular Vancouver shop, crafting stunning chocolate “jewels” with unique flavours like tomato basil raspberry or gin.

From Lavender to Tomato Basil Raspberry, little works of art that taste as good as they look😍😛😇

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Chocolats Genevieve Grandbois

Genevieve Grandbois has spent most of her young life dedicated to the art of chocolate making, and her shop in Montreal certainly reflects all of the skills she’s acquired over the years. Some of her classics, like these brilliant, mosaic-inspired pieces of chocolate, are almost too pretty to eat.

Nos délicieux 9 classiques! Votre préféré, c’est lequel? #chocolatsgg #instafood #chocolat #mtl #shoplocal

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Decadence Chocolates

This Winnipeg stop continues to grow in popularity thanks to its public kitchen, unique offerings and wide-range of bars, bon bons and truffles available. For instance, these beautiful chocolate-covered strawberries take the classic treat to a whole new level.

Epiphanie Chocolate

Founder Debra Fleck runs this Calgary chocolate shop, where a variety of chocolates with only natural filings and colourings have been on display since its opening. We love the shop’s ability to recreate art on such a tiny canvas, showcasing everything from Winnie the Pooh to flowers and retro circles.

This is how you can please everyone!

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Thomas Haas

This fourth-generation pâtissier naturally runs a shop with his own name on its Vancouver storefront, and why wouldn’t he? The man has worked with the likes of Daniel Boulud and he’s been named one of the top 10 pastry chefs in America. Obviously, his chocolates melt our hearts.

Mother’s Day week! #chocolate #hearts #limitededition

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Cocohari

In Ottawa, this vegan, gluten-free and nut-free chocolate shop uses local and fresh ingredients to give chocolate samplers a tour of the world. Celebrate your home and native land with these gorgeous, edible pieces of art.