Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mmmmm chocolate

Todays stop on my tour of the Distillery is Soma Chocolates. Soma is an artisanal chocolate maker, handcrafting their chocolates in small batches. This allows them to maintain a very high level of quality and the freedom to make some quirky and creative combinations, chocolate covered cornuts anyone! (they are delicious!)
I am pretty sure I have tried almost everything in the shop and can tell you that there are virtually no wrong turns. On my personal favourite list are the Amaretti cookies, the almond clusters, and the brown butter truffle!
But the jewel in the crown, their Mona Lisa, has to be the Mayan hot chocolate, also known as the "drink of the gods" But to compare this to "hot chocolate" is an insult. This is a elixir of molten chocolate, with a hint of spice and undertones of ginger, vanilla, and orange. It's complex and simple at the same time. It's not uncommon to see people unabashedly licking the inside of the cup... giving serious thought to getting another. I try to limit my exposure, it can be hazardous to the waistline working 100 ft from such pure, uncut awesomeness!