For the Love of Chocolate – From Lisa Borden Herself & The Borden BIG LIST #wellbeingwednesday
When buying chocolate for yourself and your loved ones, skip those conventional bars found in big box stores, and opt for sweet treats that are made with love by incredible local businesses around Toronto. Quality, organic ingredients that are certified Fair Trade always taste better and you can ensure that the people who craft, grow, and harvest the cacao are being paid fairly.
The chocolates I share with friends and family are not only incredibly delicious, they’re also guilt-free and made with some of the most nutritious, ethical ingredients on the planet. Without refined sugars and toxic filler ingredients, eating chocolate can even be good for you—it’s how I justify eating it for breakfast!
Share these wonderfully rich chocolates with those you love but be sure to save some for yourself! It’s what makes the world go round.
Live on Chocolate Truffles
Treat your loved ones to these raw, decadent, healthy dark chocolate truffles, beautifully hand-decorated by the owner who is a trained artist. She hand-makes her truffles in small artisanal batches, incorporating the highest quality ingredients like spirulina, maca, and caramel. Live on Chocolate moulds their truffles into shapes for every holiday, so you can be sure to find a box fitting for any occasion. Visit: liveonchocolate.ca
Giddy Yoyo Chocolate Bars
Giddy Yoyo rises above and beyond their organic label using wild, heirloom cacao. Their chocolate bars highlight unique, complimentary flavours such as mint, vanilla salt, and raspberry, and combines superfoods like chaga and spirulina, resulting in a lovely 60% to 100% dark chocolate that’s nutrient dense and made in a dedicated nut-free facility. Visit giddyyoyo.com
ChocoSol Traders Artisanal Chocolates
ChocoSol is the stand at your local farmer’s market that you don’t want to miss. Bring your own reusable container to buy from them in bulk, and ask them about their cacao. They are passionate story tellers when it comes to their horizontal trade relationships with Indigenous communities in the Lacondon Jungle and the Oaxaca Mountains. ChocoSol makes their stoneground chocolate in batches in Toronto where they have a storefront on St. Clair West. They even have hot and cold drinking chocolates for those looking to try something different. Visit chocosoltraders.com
Doug McNish’s Chocolate Superfood Clusters
Right here in Toronto, we have award-winning vegan chef, Doug McNish. His chocolate superfood clusters are loaded with mulberries, goji berries, chia seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, and shredded coconut—exactly the type of comfort food you can expect from world famous chef. Not only do these clusters taste great, but they are packed with nutrient-rich ingredients. Never underestimate the power of good chocolate. Visit dougmcnish.com
Sweets from the Earth
For anyone with a sweet tooth and a penchant for caramel, Sweets from the Earth’s Caramel Pecan Bars are a sinfully delicious treat. Encased in a smooth chocolatey coating, this is the closest thing on this list you will find to an actual candy bar, reminiscent of your favourite, gooey, caramel treats. Who says indulgence needs to be a bad thing? Visit sweetsfromtheearth.com
LISA BORDEN is the owner of Borden Communications in Toronto. For more eco-inspired lists of the best stuff, visit thebordenbiglist.com