My boyfriend is madly trying to come up with something special for our Valentine’s Day dinner, and I’m hoping that somehow chocolate figures into the plans. Would I choose chocolate over him? Hmm; let’s not answer that question just in case he finds out.
Being a food writer is tough but chocolate research is probably the most difficult task of all. I mean, who wants to try the most sinful chocolate-y desserts that Richmond, BC, has to offer until you’re in a happy swoon? Not me, I say, with a spoonful of dense chocolate cake in my mouth.
If you need a chocolate fix this February 14th, I’ve scouted out five items that will most definitely remind you why you love chocolate so very much. And don’t forget, calories don’t count on Valentine’s Day!
1. Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake at Diplomat Bakery
Grab a fork as quick as you can and dig into the satisfyingly rich Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake ($5.50 per slice, $49.00 for 7″and $49.00 for 9″) at Diplomat Bakery. This heavenly creation involves layers of silky white and dark chocolate mousse, as well as fluffy white and dark chocolate sponge cake. Friendly staff at this longstanding Richmond bakery can also help suggest other popular chocolate treats, like cappuccino cake, espresso chocolate fudge cake, and red velvet cake. The list goes on and on.
2. Crispy ‘Praline & Fruit’ Cocoa Bean To Bar Heart Collection at Wild Sweets
Dominique and Cindy Duby of Wild Sweets are mad scientists of chocolate, constantly innovating with novel techniques, flavours and ingredients. The results are unforgettable. They have created Crispy ‘Praline & Fruit’ Cocoa Bean To Bar Heart Collection ($23.99), which comes with four different flavors of chocolate. They are heart shaped hazelnut praline and creamy fruit ganache, finished with an elegant pattern. They are almost too beautiful to eat (but you will). Check out their website for ordering details.
3. Chocolate Pot de Creme at Sweet Spot Bakery
The charming Sweet Spot Bakery in the heart of Steveston Village is a destination for expertly crafted desserts. The attention to aesthetic detail is impressive, as is the use of high quality ingredients. The Chocolate Pot de Creme ($5.75) uses 64% Cacao Barry chocolate, and also contains hints of amaretto and coffee. Fresh raspberry, whipped cream, and white chocolate pearls finish off this lovely dessert. Other selections that you won’t be able to refuse include a dark chocolate mousse dome with blackout cake and salted caramel. Honestly, all of the concoctions here are divine.
4. Chocolate Lollipops at Sinfully the Best
For the mother lode of gourmet Valentine’s Day chocolates, make sure to drop by Sinfully the Best in Steveston Village. This charming shop, which sells their own handmade chocolates, has a great selection of bonbons and chocolate bars to choose from. The Lollipops ($2.85) come in dark, milk, and white chocolate. They would be an affordable and delicious way to say I love you. Bags of foil wrapped chocolate hearts and heart-decorated chocolate bars are also available,
5. Vegan Chocolate Cake at Little Fox Bake House
For those who are looking for vegan and gluten free options, head over to the Little Fox Bake House. Known for their traditional French techniques, the Little Fox Bake House, offers everything from Vegan Chocolate Mousse Cake( $6.50 per slice, $29.00 for 6″and $46.00 for 8″) which uses a coconut based dark chocolate mouse with a vegan chocolate sponge to a gluten free Chocolate Passionfruit ($6.50 per slice,$46.00 for 8″). The latter is made with a dark chocolate mousse and passionfruit cremeux center, chocolate sponge and finished with a chocolate glaze. The shop offers regular cakes and pastries as well.
Here’s to celebrating love and chocolate this Valentine’s Day!
Last Updated on November 5, 2022 by Tourism Richmond