Every vegetable dreams of someday growing up to be chocolate, but sadly, most vegetables are harvested before they can see that dream fulfilled. Give hope to baby carrots with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of chocolates and confections from CocoaNymph, located in Kitsilano. This Groupon is not valid toward custom orders.
CocoaNymph silences naysayers by proving that people do, in fact, like to eat chocolate. These handmade concoctions, containing no preservatives, attain the zenith of savoury sweetness through the use of high-quality Belgian chocolate. Sample the white-chocolate-on-white-chocolate charm of the Amy ($15 for a box of eight); get wicked with the Elphaba ($15 for a box of eight), containing white-chocolate and pistachio ganache topped with dark-chocolate and cardamom ganache and garnished with a pistachio nut; or escape from a Devil’s Island of dire delicacies with the Papillon ($15 for a box of eight), bringing together dark chocolate and raspberry. CocoaNymph’s chocolate bars similarly tantalize taste buds—the Sea Nymph ($6) serenades stomachs with a siren’s call of dark chocolate enhanced with fleur de sel and English toffee. Other couture confections include maple-glazed pecans ($12), handcrafted vanilla marshmallows ($7), and English toffee garnished with candied pecans ($15).
Step into CocoaNymph’s cave of appetizing aphrodisiacs, where espresso, hot chocolate, and locally made ice cream are also available for purchase, and take the brave first steps in admitting that you are a chocoholic and you’ll make no apologies for it.
- The chocolate at Cocoanymph are each distinctive and unique, resulting in exotic creations that push the boundaries of a chocolate truffle. One of my favourites was the Elphaba—pistachio-flavoured white chocolate ganache is layered on cardamom-flavoured dark chocolate and topped with a crunchy pistachio. Indeed, if life were like this box of chocolate, it would be one thrilling ride. – Cristina Peralejo, Vancouver Observer
- If you're headed out to the University of B.C. for Olympic Games or to better your mind, you'll more than likely pass this place. Stop by for the Sea Nymph, the store's most popular sin. It's 64-per-cent dark chocolate, scattered with English toffee bits and sea salt. – Mia Stainsby, Vancouver Sun
No wider than a postage stamp, the Elphaba truffle’s small size belies its complexity. Beneath its chocolate shell, layers of white and dark chocolate alternate between pistachio-and-cardamom ganache, creating a symphony of unexpected flavours. Inspired sweets such as these have earned CocoaNymph accolades from the Vancouver Observer, which praises the treats as “exotic creations that push the boundaries of a chocolate truffle.”
Chocolatiers pass on their expertise during chocolate-making classes that allow each student to decorate their own batches. All classes take place in the shop, whose romantic atmosphere complements its chocolatey aromas. Punched-tin lanterns illuminate mauve and violet walls and the baby grand piano where staffers belt out ballads about their love for truffles.
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