Meet the Makers

Drop back often and check out our growing list of vendors. 

Hummingbrid Chocolate  Hummingbird Chocolate Maker, Almonte, Ont

Hummingbird Chocolate is owned by Drew and Erica Gilmour, former international aid workers who spent their careers working with farmers in developing countries. They gained a deep respect and affection for people who make food, from grower to artisan, and started making chocolate as a way to stay connected with farmers while learning to craft something they love (and love to eat). 


In 2012, they began selling chocolate at the Ottawa Farmers' Market with great success. Their casual hobby quickly turned into a passion and today Hummingbird is one of the world's best producers of bean-to-bar chocolate.

   JoJo CoCo Chocolate, Kanata, Ont

 JoJo CoCo Chocolate is a locally owned, small boutique with a big passion for chocolate. Joanne and Jay Mutter opened the store in March 2012 and have been curating an exceptional collection of unique, fine quality chocolate ever since. Their chocolate is sourced from small producers who are recognized as exceptional chocolate makers, with a focus first on Canadian makers, and then the rest of the world. JoJo CoCo has a team of people who are friendly and knowledgeable chocolate geeks! With a vision to create a fun and interactive customer experience, the team at JoJo CoCo enjoys many in-depth conversations with the store’s visitors about chocolate and the makers. The love of chocolate combined with curiosity has led JoJo CoCo to create “Chocolate With…” a series of chocolate tasting and chocolate pairing events because really, is there anything that cannot be further enjoyed by adding chocolate? 

 

DesBarres Chocolate  Desbarres Chocolate, Uxbridge, Ont

DesBarres Chocolate is a small batch bean to bar maker of fine dark chocolate. Founded in Uxbridge, Arian and Erik started with enthusiasm, passion and curiosity to make the best chocolate with the best ingredients. Their hard work paid off and by 2017, they were winning international awards and shipping their chocolate throughout North America. 

They have been crafting award-winning, small batch, single origin chocolate ever since. Their micro-batch, two-ingredient chocolate is designed to highlight the best flavours of the cacao harvest using clean and simple ingredients. DesBarres explores the variety and complexity of cacao while delivering every bar with a smooth, memorable richness  that we all associate with the best of fine chocolate.

Finnia Chocolate and Cacao, Gore Bay, Ont 

Finnia Chocolate and Cacao is Northern Ontario's bean-to-bar craft chocolate maker. All of Finnia's single origin chocolate bars, flavoured bars, truffles, frozen treats, hot chocolate and baking is made entirely from scratch in a small factory on Manitoulin Island. We hand sort, roast, crack and shell the cocoa beans, then carefully refine them into smooth and very creamy chocolate. Our mission is to create unique chocolate experiences, while maintaining the natural flavours of each type of cocoa bean that we work with. We use NO artificial colours and NO artificial flavours in any of our creations, and use only organic cane and maple sugars, organic cocoa beans in our chocolates.

Visit us online at finniachocolate.com or finniachocolate.shop, on Instagram & Facebook at @finniachocolate, or find our chocolate at a local retailer near you.

 

      Chocolats Monarque, Montreal, Que 

 

     Alicja Confections, Ottawa, Ont

 

      Chocosol Traders, Toronto, Ont

ChocoSol Traders is an artisanal chocolate maker in Toronto and we use organic, forest garden, shade-grown cacao that we source directly from Indigenous communities in Southern Mexico. In addition we source organic cacao from communities in the Dominican Republic and Ecuador.
Our chocolates are made without dairy, gluten, soy, and nuts, and are also vegan.  We specialize in both eating chocolate and drinking chocolate (xocolatl), and offer a number of other sustainably grown foods that are sourced directly from farmers such as coffee, roasted cacao beans, cacao nibs and vanilla.

 Centre and Main Chocolate Co., Warkworth, Ont 

Creating luscious chocolate wickedness that you can feel good about, is what Centre and Main does best. We craft each recipe to make you feel nurtured, nourished and exquisitely spoiled. Chocolate delivers pleasure like nothing else can. With its unique chemistry and medley of essential nutrients, it's no wonder it has been considered the world's most perfect food.

At Centre and Main, we blend this superfood with additional delicious and healthful ingredients. The result is a collection of guilt-free chocolates, just waiting to deliver their palate-awakening moments of bliss.

  Anna Stubbe Chocolates and Confections, Kanata, Ont

My passion for chocolate from around the world, the flavour of nougat, and texture of marzipan, grew in me from an early age, since both sides of my family have strong traditions in pastry and chocolate.

 

    VAKA Chocolate, London, Ont

bean to bar chocolate maker, headed by Serge Savchuk, a designer + musician ~ turned chef, who expresses his love of food and exploration through chocolate. We aim to foster the childhood sense of wonder, dare and playfulness in a variety of inclusion~crafted bars (and some single origin gems) inspired by our world travels, nerd-like obsession with novel ingredients and a gentle whisper of "what if?".

What started off as a home kitchen experiment of "hey, I wonder what it's like to make chocolate from the beans..." in 2019, has grown into an opening of Vaka Chocolatory in 2020: a full time chocolate making and ice-cream churning adventure, based iN London, Ontario, with a devout following of Vaka enthusiasts locally as well as across Canada. All of our creations are plant-based and gluten free.

DWN Chocolate, Orillia, Ont

DWN Craft Chocolatier makes uniquely flavoured chocolate bars and panned items that are hand-crafted in small batches in Orillia, Ontario. DWN incorporates the fundamentals of bean-to-bar chocolate with a focus on natural and local ingredients. Founded by Dawn Nita who relocated to the Sunshine City of Orillia to launch DWN Chocolatier after spending the last decade managing two of Toronto's most prominent independent chocolate brands. Dawn draws from years of making jams and preserves, and a food career based on the fundamentals of fine dining and local ingredients.

 

 

 Qantu cacao et chocolat, Montreal, QC 

 

  Avanaa Chocolate, Montreal, QC
​The idea of Avanaa was born a few years ago on a trip to Mexico. After walking every day in front of tiny workshops crafting chocolate from cacao beans, the makers at Avanaa realized they knew absolutely nothing about chocolate making, even though they ate chocolate every single day. They asked themselves why don't we do this in Montreal? A year of research and travel led to the opening of Avanaa Chocolate in 2017.