Chocolatier Bobbi-Joan transforms Belgian and Swiss chocolate into an ever-changing parade of sumptuous treats. Hundreds of molds churn out chocolate shapes for every conceivable celebration, from a baby's first birthday to a landscaper's final wheelbarrow race. Divvy up a fanciful feast of chocolate pizza ($15.99), or indulge in a sonnet-inspiring classic chocolate bar ($1.99) or morsel-laden chocolate bark ($5.99). Offering a sweet alternative to generic greeting cards or off-brand kisses, Sweet Thoughts will happily craft one-of-a-kind orders to suit special needs.
Like the range it was named after, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has carved a path across North America, opening its first Canadian store in Whistler in 1988. Every day, refrigerated trucks dispatched from a 53,000-square-foot factory bring fresh treats to glistening display cases in each confectionary outpost.
Today, these hefty morsels reside behind display glass in the form of truffles, molded chocolates, and signature treats such as the Bear—a palm-sized mix of caramel, roasted nuts, and a thick coating of chocolate. Each shop also churns out fudge made daily and candy apples dipped in caramel, nuts, and even cheesecake. Assorted goodies fit into artistically arranged baskets, and seasonal and holiday treats make for tasty stocking stuffers or a good way to fill your mouth during awkward silences at family séances.
Perkins began as a single humble Ohio pancake house in 1958. More than 50 years––and 440 national locations––later, each Perkins restaurant stays true to its roots by keeping those signature buttermilk pancakes the focal point of a 90-plus-item menu. Cooks layer the popular flapjacks in stacks of two, three, or even five and make the fluffy towers all the more tempting with toppings such as glazed strawberries, whipped cream, or flavored syrups. Breakfast favorites—including hearty omelets and country benedicts—are served all day, meaning kids and adults can order short stacks to accompany their jumbo-shrimp or steak dinner, instead of smuggling them in under a stovepipe hat. Unlike most other chain restaurants, Perkins also features in-store bakeries that churn out the shop's real fruit and cream pies, muffins, and chocolate-chip cookies.
Criveller Cakes & Pastries is an elegant European-style patisserie lined with rows of truffles, chocolates, and other tasty temptations prepared from scratch by a master pastry chef. Criveller's truffles are edible pieces of art, giving eyes some consolation for never experiencing flavour outside of mentholated eye drops. Sink teeth into a sweet sculpture flavoured with amaretto, champagne, cherry, coffee, cognac, hazelnut, ice wine, Irish cream, and strega. Chocolates come in a variety of shapes, from hearts to shells to strawberries, and are available in 21 flavours that include scotch milk chocolate, grape ice wine milk chocolate, white chocolate, and mint dark chocolate among their noble ranks. Choose your own assortment or pick up a pre-made variety pack in the store.
No one can accuse baking guru Tanya of skimping on her ingredients, which include real butter, vanilla beans, bavarian cream, and caramelized pralines. She lavishes both time and attention on each of the creations that incorporate these lavish components, ensuring that each custom 3-D cake tastes as good as it looks. In addition to sculpting deluxe desserts in the shapes of Chanel purses, Twilight books, or any other creative request, Tanya whips up classic cakes to accompany special events such as birthdays or the family dog's high-school graduation. The multitalented chef also conjures cupcakes and pastries including eclairs, tarts, and miniature cheesecakes, which make taste buds swoon with such gourmet tastes as Nutella and Toblerone. :m]]