1560 Yonge Street
Located just a few yards off Younge and tucked out of view is a tiny chocolatier called XOCOCAVA. I must thank a good friend of mine who sent me here, but I sure wish he had given me a little better directions than “Younge and St.Clair”.
As this was my first time walking into this establishment – my eyes were fixated on trying to understand what resembled a ‘periodic table’ of chocolate truffles. Once I managed to figure this out, I was faced with the larger decision of beverages, pastries, candies, ice cream and sorbets.
We started with a couple cups of Hot Xocolata. As expected, this carried a slightly bitter cocoa flavour which I enjoyed (while my wife was less thrilled).
This gave us a little bit of time to debate a selection of five truffles to take away. Categorized into: Spanish, Savoury, Wild, Exotic and Classic (each with five unique flavours) – we decided to choose one from each category ($10). Before I release our list – peruse the menu to see what you would choose…
XO: Chorizo ( you read correct – pork sausage! )
OA: Salted Caramel ( salty-sweet )
CX: Cedar ( just like my deck )
AO: Masala Chai ( spiced goodness)
VA: Raspberry ( classic – as categorized)
Each truffle measuring about one square inch, represented the descriptive flavour exactly. Stamped with the two-letter code on the underside of each truffle, we had fun sampling each before matching it to the code. My favorite was the OA, and the wife preferred the AO, which confirmed – she is my polar opposite.
Definitely an interesting twist on your local candy store.