Top 5 places to get chocolate in Burlington


Whether it’s dark, milk, white, or some type of hybrid combining all things chocolaty, Burlington has some yummy places to hit that craving. We all know Count Chocula was a legit boss … Who didn’t drive their parents crazy with a sugar addiction? At any rate, we’re all grown up now (although some of us remain kids at heart) and are far more sophisticated, as in graduating to dark chocolate-covered almonds and raisins. Here are our top 5 places to score chocolate in Burlington.

5. Kelly's Bake Shoppe

Topped with generous dollops of icing, the best-selling Mile High Brownie tastes too sinful to be made with natural ingredients. The brownie is stacked with flavour: chocolate buttercream, vanilla buttercream, chocolate ganache, and organic caramel. I think a trip to the dentist is likely in order after this visit. It’s one of many options you’ll find on any given day. There’s even vegan soft-serve ice cream, naturally, in chocolate. Using natural, real whole-food ingredients, Kelly's offers gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free goodies. Naturally, the lineup at this Brant St. hotspot wraps around the corner on weekends.

4. MollyCake

Delicious treats are in store for anyone who wanders into MollyCake, where everything is made from scratch. I sampled their top three sellers ... The Cookie (with white, milk, and dark chocolate and pieces of Skor), a peanut butter banana cupcake, and macarons (I chose pistachio and lemon). The Cookie was ridiculously amazing. The shop, which has been on Brant St. for about three years (they've relocated from the city’s north end) offers great service and wonderfully tasty treats. There was even a vegan offering: a peanut butter cup with dark chocolate that's "better than Reese's," I was told. Were they right? You'll have to go down there yourself to find out.

3. Sinful Desserts

This little shop on Mainway offers up a variety of high-end European desserts which are simply decadent. From wedding cake to delectable little German treats to Belgian chocolate, items are made from scratch. The shop has been tempting Burlington residents since 1996. There are also pastries (meringue to cranberry concoctions), and biscotti, too. Check it out already but don’t blame us for the sugar high.

2. Casteleyn Belgian Chocolates

I popped into this cute boutique on Brant St. out of curiosity and walked out with an appreciation for independent chocolatiers. From citrus flavours to creamy layers and textures, items are sold individually or by boxes of 10, 20, and 40. The top three sellers are: Maple Leaf (marzipan); Envelope (caramel), and Aspen Leaf (vanilla chocolate). I asked about ginger. They had it. So I tried (and fell in love with) the candied Australian ginger. There are also orangettes (candied organic orange rind), and lemonettes (candied organic lemon rind). Yum! The dark versions weren't overly sweet, which was a complete win. Think of all the antioxidants you’ll get to reap as a side benefit! There's no seating but what's to stop you from grabbing a bag of goodies then taking a stroll by the water? Drop $10 and pick up an espresso, latte, Belgian hot chocolate, or tea and something to nibble on and marvel at the authenticity of this unique downtown shop.

1. Walker's Chocolates

This long-time Burlington shop has the most incredible dark chocolate almond bark I’ve ever tasted. Then there are the Mint Meltaways, their signature minty-filled chocolate treat, available in milk or dark, that's perfect as an after-dinner treat. I dare you to eat just one. This candy shop opened in 1983 and has everything you could ever imagine: chocolate-covered popcorn, jubes, licorice, and even Irish Oreos. During the summer they’re offering a chocolate-covered frozen banana. In addition to the flagship store on Fairview, there are three more locations: one in Oakville and two in Hamilton ... sweet! 

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