Pick up a packet of chocolate in any store and you’ll probably have to look through a laundry list of ingredients before finding the word ‘cocoa’. From sugar to an array of additives and preservatives, the chocolate that many of us enjoy eating isn’t what chocolate is meant to taste like at all.
But that’s a world away from what is being served up over at Richmond’s Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut.
The company has been handcrafting delicious Belgian chocolate right here in Canada for more than 60 years. Alongside the decades of combined experience the master chocolatiers pour into every product; the company handpicks simple, natural, and thoughtful ingredients for their internationally acclaimed chocolate. And, according to owner Rustam Teja, you can taste the difference.
“The chocolates are made using only the best sustainable chocolate, the finest natural ingredients, and no artificial preservatives ever. They taste great too.” Teja is one of 30 retailers from across North America who exclusively sells Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut products. He’s been running his dealership at Richmond’s Blundell Centre for more than 27 years, but still enjoys talking to customers who have only just discovered the chocolates.
“I get customers all the time who have only just found out about the chocolates,” Teja says. “They’ve either received a box as a present, or tried the chocolates at their work and loved them so much that they have tracked down my shop so that they can buy them themselves.”
Alongside introducing them to what chocolate is really supposed to taste like, Teja also takes great pride in telling new customers about the products’ Rainforest Alliance Certification. Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut only buys ingredients that have been certified sustainable, and that support the development of communities alongside good agricultural practices in West Africa.
All of which means the chocolates don't just taste good, but you can feel good about buying them too.
If you want to try Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut’s products yourself visit the store at the Blundell Centre, Richmond’s convenient one-stop destination for friendly service from local business owners. For more information, visit http://www.blundellcentre.ca