La Chocolaterie is the best chocolate store in the Lower Mainland. I really mean that because I have never been so excited and addicted to chocolates until now. Ever since my first bite at the Bakers Market, I have not been able to stop myself. They are my version of Willy Wonka. The owners – Taka & Kayoko have really dedicated themselves on making quality chocolates!
Their store is inside Izumi-Ya Japanese Marketplace. Its a small space, but thats where all the magic happens.
They are best known for their Ganache Chocolates. Really smooth chocolatey texture with amazing balance of flavour. I’m pretty sure they have over 30 flavours. Really unique flavours like blueberry, mango, green tea, black sesame, sake, red bean and even wasabi.
They also have chocolate bars too! These may look normal, but they are truly amazing. Earl Grey and the matcha bars are really good!
These ganache chocolates part of their coconama collection are really the gem of it all!
Favorite Pack ($5) contains 6 of the most popular flavours. You can’t go wrong with this since these are tried and tested flavours.
The green tea is quite strong, so if you aren’t familiar with the taste of green tea, it will be quite bitter.
Adventurers Pack ($5) is not for all. Judging by the flavours, it won’t appeal to everyone. The flavour is very subtle and acts as a secondary flavour to accompany the chocolaty ganache taste. The wasabi is not spicy at all, but you do get the faint flavour of wasabi.
I know some people may be scared of it, but it’s not bad at all.
6 pack of Tarts ($8.80) is assorted and you can choose what flavours you want inside. I initially thought the the tarts were a bit weird, but the tart make the ganache not as sweet. It makes for great presents…but in this case….I ate them all.
I also got Gift Basket A for $30 and it had a good assortment of everything in their store, so my coworkers really enjoyed it.
My all time favorite flavours:
- Blueberry, mango, earl grey, coffee, black sesame, strong matcha and lemon basil.
Words of Wisdom:
- Great Unforgettable Gifts (especially for the office)…step aside Ferrero Rocher!
- Get a gift basket if you want to try a little bit of everything but can’t decide
- Can be found at the Vancouver Bakers Market