David H. Chow is an infamous pastry chef and more importantly, a chocolatier in Toronto. One of the most popular products would probably be the photogenic BONBONS. It is different from regular chocolate because it is handcrafted with love and care. Each piece is unique, and they often have various layers of flavors. Chocolatiers will use their creativity and bring surprises into each piece. That’s why I am very obsessed with bonbons. So I have begged my friend, who was going to visit her boyfriend in Toronto, to bring me a box of those mysterious and beautiful bonbons as souvenirs.
My friend bought a box of 12, and it is $32/box. Yes, I have to admit that bonbons are way more expensive than regular chocolate. However, I can also guarantee that you would not regret trying once in your lifetime.
Here are the 12 flavors that I get to try (from the top row):
- Raspberry Tonka Bean
- Stirling Butter Caramel
- Meyer Lemon Thyme
- 70% Dark Chocolate
- White Truffle Hazelnut
- Mango Pineapple Habanero
- Arbequina Olive Oil
- Banana Passion Fruit
- Grapefruit & Black Sesame
- Sweet Corn Tarragon
- Spiced Cherry Pistachio
- Yuzu & Bergamot
My #1 favourite would be Grapefruit & Black Sesame – simple but bomb! This combination definitely brings out the black sesame flavor, but the subtle sourness still remains. My #2 is Yuzu & Bergamot – “citrusy”. My #3 would be the Mango Pineapple Habanero – spicy. Yes, you read it right! At first, I did not know what Habanero, but the taste of the chocolate explains it all. It was sweet at first, but after few seconds, the spiciness kicks in. Very strong and surprising, but I had fun eating it. My least favourite would probably be the Spiced Cherry Pistachio because it definitely has a very strong “medicine/cough syrup flavor”, and I was never a fan of cherry coming in other forms in my food.
Overall I enjoyed my box of bonbons, and it was great to taste an entirely new world and flavors from a different chocolatier. Though I have to say that my friends and I agreed that there are some “hit or miss” flavors, we all recommend you to go and check it out at least once if you were ever in Toronto. Currently, they are selling them at Saks Food Hall by Pusateri’s in Eaton Center. Or you can check out their website to look for more locations.
Taste: 4/5 • Quality-Price: 4.5/5
ADDRESS: 176 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2L7 (Saks Food Hall by Pusateri’s)
HOURS: 7AM – 9:30PM | Mon to Fri • 9:30AM – 9:30PM | Sat • 10AM – 7PM | Sun (EST)