Disclaimer: I won the Royce’ Chocolates in a giveaway on Instagram. I love giveaways =D
If you haven’t heard already, Royce’ Chocolates is from Japan and they have opened a kiosk at Richmond Centre. It’s located near Shopper’s Drug Mart and H&M.
You won’t be able to resist checking out some of the goodies in their clean, minimalistic display. Read more
I was gifted with two boxes of chocolates from La Chocolaterie! They are located inside the Japanese market Izumiya. I’ve never been to their store though. I think they also set up booths at farmer’s markets and places like UBC since I’ve seen them there before.
The boxes come with 9 pieces each.
This was Sakura flavoured. I’m not sure what it was exactly but it tasted a bit salty?
This was the Green Tea flavor and there was a distinct green tea flavour in every piece. The chocolates taste very smooth and creamy. The texture is almost like those cheesecake cubes you add to your froyo from Qoola but less creamy and thick. They’re very light and not too sweet and they also have some other unique fruity flavours. The chocolates are really good but they’re a bit pricey since it’s $5 for a box.
If you haven’t noticed already I seem to work near a lot of restaurants! Beta5 Chocolates is also surprisingly close on Industrial Avenue. You would never really look for a chocolate shop there but it is there. Even though they are one of North America’s top 10 chocolatiers, they are also well known for their cream puffs and that’s what we tried!
You can see them working in the back through this large window. The shop part is actually quite small.
Here are all the cream puffs they have available! We were informed they didn’t have any more of the chocolate pastry shells though which was fine.
We decided to share a box of 4 so it was $16/box whereas it is $4.50 each if you buy them individually. At the top left we have the 85% Dark Chocolate and Caramel cream puff, top right is the Milk Chocolate S’mores cream puff, bottom right is the Blueberry Yuzu cream puff and the last one is the Salted Caramel cream puff. They’re all decorated with something on top so you know which one is which.
Close up of my Salted Caramel! Sorry I didn’t take a picture of the inside. The exterior was more crunchy than I expected and these cream puffs were pretty big compared to say Beard Papa’s. The filling was pretty good and not too sweet! There was just enough salt to balance out the sweetness.
I also tried the 85% dark chocolate and caramel cream puff and it was very rich and chocolatey. The consistency of the filling was also more solid and less creamy than my salted caramel.
We all agreed that they were delicious! They are quite pricey though for a cream puff.
Godiva has been offering chocolate milkshakes for over a year now and I’ve always been tempted to try but they always seemed too rich and sweet. If you’ve ever been to Godiva, you will know they make delightful chocolate treats. Albeit on the pricier side compared to Purdy’s or drugstore chocolates. If you haven’t tried their truffles before, walk into a store and chances are that you will get a free sample. I noticed they had a sign outside their store notifying customers about their “Buy 5 shakes, get 1 free” deal so I took the dive and decided to get one.
They offer 6 shake flavours and all look equally delicious! I was thinking about getting the Oreo one but I get Oreo flavoured food way too often. I’m sure I knew what it tasted like already so I went for the Dark Chocolate Raspberry instead. I also thought that maybe the tartness from the raspberry syrup would offset the sweetness a bit too. I like chocolate but I don’t want to overdose on it either.
This is definitely not your typical slushy drink. It’s made with 72% dark chocolate pieces and raspberry sauce. I asked for no whip so that left for more room for them to top up my drink with the milkshake instead! Yay! The flavour was very rich from the dark chocolate and I also found that it tasted a bit grainy because the chocolate pieces did not dissolve in the drink after being blended. That was alright with me though. It totally satisfied my sweet tooth for the day! Maybe a week if you don’t have much of a sweet tooth. Well actually I didn’t think they were overly sweet anyway it was just right since I ordered the dark chocolate one. I thought the raspberry syrup would be blended into the drink though and not just drizzled over it or into the cup. The flavour was still prominent enough though. It tasted exactly as they described it. They are $6 each for a 12oz sized drink which is on the expensive side. The concept is simple but they are just using high quality chocolate. For that price you can get a healthy fruit smoothie with 3-5 servings of fruit from Jugo Juice or something. But everything in moderation right? ;)