Meet the Makers

Meet the Makers!

We have started preparing for the October 2024 Show by connecting with the many makers from our previous shows as well as inviting some who have not yet attended the Ottawa Show. As we get word back on who will be joining us, we will be adding to the list below, so keep checking in!

     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.

  Chocosol Traders, Toronto, Ont

Chocosol is a Canadian bean-to-bar chocolate maker with roots in indigenous Mesomerica. We have been transforming “food of the gods” into artisanal vegan chocolate since our inception in 2006. Our cacao is sourced through direct-trade with farmers in the Americas, then stone-ground and mixed with quality ingredients to make award-winning chocolate. Come visit us for a sample and  discover the stone-ground chocolate difference. Our chocolate bars are produced in a nut, dairy, gluten & soy free facility.

  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.

 


       Allo Simonne, Montreal, Quebec

Allo Simonne is one of the best spreads in the world. They are ultra tasty, with no added oils (not just palm oil), no peanuts and no gluten. The majority of our spreads are vegan.

We are a young Quebec company, locally involved, which focuses on the transparency of its products with a commitment to the environment and to eating well. Attention, addiction guaranteed! 

    

   La Rouère, Moncton, New Brunswick

LaRouère Fabrique de Chocolat is a bean to bar chocolate maker based in Moncton, New Brunswick that draws inspiration from their surroundings as well as their Acadian cultural heritage. Founded in 2021, LaRouère is dedicated to crafting an ever-evolving series of single origin prized cacao, while also introducing less conventional chocolate concepts that push the limits.
With 25 years of musical practice, founders Robin Streb and André Cormier practice chocolate making with the same integrity, creativity and intrepid spirit that ensures every batch is a distinguished chocolate. As advocates for fine flavour  cacao, LaRouère offers a unique space in their neighbourhood where everyone can discover and further understand the wonders of exceptional chocolate.

     Choco Delights, Alymer, Quebec

Indulge in the artistry of chocolate at Choco Delights, where every bite is a journey of flavours and emotions. We've been dedicated to delighting chocolate enthusiasts with our exquisite creations that elevate the simple chocolate to a delectable masterpiece. Each piece of chocolate at Choco Delights is crafted with meticulous attention to detail.Our flavour palette knows no boundaries, ranging from classic favourites like rich dark chocolate and creamy milk chocolate to daring combinations that surprise and captivate .Whether you're celebrating life's milestones, expressing heartfelt sentiments, or simply savouring a quiet moment of indulgence, Choco Delights offers a range of beautifully curated gift options. Let our chocolates be the messenger of your emotions, making your every moment truly special.

 Centre and Main Chocolate Co., Warkworth, Ont 

Centre & Main is award winning chocolate studio that celebrates local flavours with recipes built on local food.  Our collaborations with farmers, foragers and food producers has resulted in a range of flavours that reflects a taste of place.

 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.

   Kasama Chocolate, Vancouver, B.C.

Founded in 2015 by a group of friends in Vancouver who started experimenting with cacao from the Philippines, Kasama Chocolate is an innovative, award-winning craft chocolate company specializing in high-quality, small batch, bean-to-bar chocolate. Located on Vancouver's iconic Granville Island, Kasama Chocolate uses direct or fairly-traded cacao to create unique chocolate bars and bon bons. The word "Kasama" means friendship, camaraderie, and collaboration.

 Chocolat Voyageur, Miramishi, New Brunswick

"Part of my love and devotion to cacao comes from the enjoyment of working with the beans, flavours and the possibilities it enables us, the maker, to create. Another part of the love of cacao comes from the care and love brought to its growing, cultivation and preparation for the market by the farmers and cooperatives. The farmers put so much energy, time and care into cultivating and preparing the beans that I feel privileged to continue the process of making chocolate for my customers to enjoy." - Dominique

 Palette de Bine, Mont Tremblant, Quebec

 Praline- Toi, Montreal, Quebec

Praline-Toi Inc is a Montreal based company founded by Kawnene that produces hazelnut & Madagascar Grand Cru chocolate spread without the addition of palm oil or any type of oil. The goal is to produce a version of the traditional hazelnut and chocolate spread by using quality ingredients. The first Praline-toi product  is the Crunchy Hazelnut and Madagascar Grand Cru Dark Chocolate Spread, containing more than 50% hazelnuts.
Born and raised in Madagascar, Kawnene had the opportunity to work in cocoa fields in the Sambrino Valley, helping farmers implement the best post-harvest practices in farming, such as fermentation and drying. Launching Praline-toi valourizes chocolate made in Madagascar! In addition Praline-toi collaborates with a chocolate maker who purchase cacao beans directly from farmers and makes his chocolate in Antananarivo, Madagascar. This approach enables the farmers to benefit from a higher Farm Gate Price and assures the quality of chocolate used in the chocolate spread.

DWN Craft Chocolatier, Orillia, Ont

  Treize Chocolats, St-Bruno, Quebec

We have been making chocolate for 10 years. In 2022, we decided to aim our focus on the bean-to-bar chocolate production. Pascal, our Master Chocolatier and Owner of Treize Chocolats, wanted to grow the business, offer more options and new choices to our customers - we felt bean-to-bar was the best option for us! It allows Pascal to create unique and more flavorful chocolates using high-quality ingredients; it also allows for more direct contact with the bean farmers around the world, in order to control the quality and taste of the final products.

 Happy Cacao, Quebec