Underneath its crusty exterior, the earth’s core and mantle pulsate with the viscous flow of chocolate, confirming a hedonistic underworld and causing hungry asteroids to mistake us for an oversized, inverted maltball. Savour the flavours of atmospheric indulgence with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of fine chocolates and confections at Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France, located on East 21st Avenue. Westender listed the shop in its list of 50 Favourite Things to Eat & Drink in Vancouver in 2009.
Owner Anne-Geneviève Poitras creates a toothsome menu of treats with the aid of French single-origin chocolate, Plantation chocolate, and an Institut du Tourisme et d'Hôtellerie du Québec education. Acquaint your mouth with one of Chocolaterie's luscious, indulgent truffles (usually $1.30–$1.50 each), sumptuous squares ($0.95–$1.00 on average), or a comforting cup of sipping chocolate ($4.25 a cup), a thick drink made with chocolate from either Mexico, Saint-Domingue, or Venezuela, determinable by litmus test. Get googly eyes over a ganache mini tart ($2), a velvety production in various offerings such as milk and hazelnuts or orange blossom. The Chocolaterie also sells cocoa powder and cocoa nibs ($3+) for restoring accidentally devoured confections and antique chocolate wigs at home.
Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France breathes with old-world charm, as classic glass jars encompass goods, chalk illuminates the specials of the day, and quaint name tags identify each variety of sugary construction. An outdoor patio sets the stage for enjoying a hot or cold drink, depending on the weather.
- Make haste for all the handmade chili-chocolate squares they have on hand before someone else does. – Andrew Morrison, Westender
- In sticks or elegant squares, chocolates are flavoured with fleur de sel, lavender, chilies or almonds, and each pretty white box is sealed with a red wax fleur-de-lis. Now that’s what we call no logo cocoa. – Vitamin Daily
Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France
The founder of Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France, Anne-Geneviève Poitras, kindled a passion for fine chocolates while studying pastry and bakery at the Institut du Tourisme et d'Hôtellerie du Québec in Montréal. Determined to share the joyous epiphany with others, she opened her shop, which has earned a spot on Vancouver Magazine’s Best Things to Eat and Drink list and even a recommendation in the Vancouver City Guide.
In her shop, fragrant, sumptuous ingredients perfume handmade chocolates with curious bouquets of flavour bursting with lavender, orange blossoms, and fleur de sel. The house chefs seek out French single-origin or plantation chocolates, made from the cocoa beans of a single country, lending each variety a distinctive character. No additives, preservatives, or artificial ingredients dilute the taste of the confections.
198 E 21st Ave.
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