Even if you aren't already addicted to chocolate, you might want to use caution in visiting Chocolat. I avoided the candies for a year or two, enjoying only the hot chocolate drink, but I was with my daughter and son-in-law this trip and they loaded up on the filled chocolate shells (called truffles in Belgium). Chocolat uses Callebaut couverture, the best available generally. There is a better couverture, but very few places in North America have been able to secure a contract with this company, Valrhona, so Callebaut is the acceptable substitute. Chocolat sells Valrhona chocolate bars -- and we were foolish enough not to buy some. Excuse: my daughter was loading up on the truffles.
I also had a cup of the chili hot chocolate -- the chilis do not cover the chocolate taste; my daughter had the regular hot chocolate (second only to Deux Magots in Paris) and my s-i-l a demitasse of some very thick chocolate -- rather a chocolate equivalent of a Turkish coffee.
What more can I say? You've been warned -- and we'll be back on our next trip to Victoria, hooked on Chocolat.
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