A mid-afternoon class cancellation on a Tuesday and a chocolate-less apartment can only result in a single outcome in my world, that is, going to hunt down chocolate. By this I don’t mean a quick jaunt to the grocery store to snatch up a couple of Lindt bars that are on special 2/$6. No, what I’m referring to is a trek across the city at all costs in search of the best selection of single origin, bean-to-bar chocolate Montreal has to offer; and I found it!
Enter La Tablette de Miss Choco, a specialty chocolate shop offering bean-to-bar varieties from all over the world. It’s the exact type of place a person like me should never be left alone in for any extended period of time, but with no one to stop me and a minimal desire to exercise control, I decided to risk it. I make it my mission to seek out chocolate wherever I am, home or abroad, and I have never seen this kind of selection in one place. It was, quite frankly, overwhelming (mainly because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to buy THE EVERYTHING, and didn’t want the pressure of having to narrow it down).
Thankfully they were beyond helpful in explaining the layout of the store and offering samples based on what I described that I liked in chocolate. At La Tablette, you can get bars made in Canada, the US, Europe, or ones that are made specifically where the beans were grown (Vietnam, Madagascar, etc.). I loved the fact that I had never seen 90% of the brands before anywhere else. After tasting Peruvian chocolate that was distinctly reminiscent of dried cherries, virgin chocolate that due to the non-roasted beans was mild and subtle, and a bar from Madagascar that melted luxuriously on your tongue and left the most pleasant, citrusy aftertaste, it was time for the arduous task of deciding which ones to buy and take home with me. I opted for the aforementioned bars from Peru and Madagascar, as well as a 70% bar from Vietnam, and some Willie’s Cacao milk chocolate for good measure (which I may or may not have devoured an entire bar of walking around Prague last summer when I was first introduced to it).
Whether you are as much of a chocolate fiend as I am, or want to begin exploring the world of bean-to-bar chocolate, La Tablette de Miss Choco is a phenomenal starting point. Don’t be afraid to tell them what you like – milk, dark, how dark? Straight up chocolate or other ingredients mixed in? Citrusy, bitter notes or robust berry and smoky tobacco notes? – and they can guide you in the direction of what bars you are most likely to enjoy. They also offer various classes on the chocolate making process, history of chocolate, fair-trade chocolate, and more, if you want to up your chocolate IQ even further. Or just go and taste, purchase, and enjoy, because like good wine, good chocolate is meant to be savoured.
La Tablette de Miss Choco
838 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est, Montreal, QC