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Ultra-premium Hungarian artisanal chocolates come to Canada

By on October 16, 2014

This past week, Budapest-based boutique chocolate atelier, chocoMe, presented its artisanal, handcrafted and sumptuously packaged flavoured chocolates for members of Toronto’s food media. This marks chocoMe’s first foray into the Canadian market.

On Tuesday, October 7, the private room at Opus on Prince Arthur, the restaurant globally recognized for its stunning wine program and cellar, as well as its clientele of Hollywood A-listers, provided the host venue forthe intimate gathering of Toronto’s food and arts media. Attendees had the privilege of personally meetingthe company’s founder and visionary, chocolatier Gábor Mészáros.

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Mr. Mészáros, a former Heineken accounts manager for Hungary, delivered a short and visually stunning presentation depicting the making of his exquisite hand-rendered chocolates. A series of short videos outlined the production at the state-of-the-art facility that is at once technologically advanced and incredibly meticulous—the artist’s hand is in every perfectly rendered item.

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Mr. Mészáros’ presentation focused on the extremely rare, high-quality ingredients that receive start treatment in each product. chocoMe works with Callebaut and Valrhona, sourcing exquisite flavouring ingredients from around the world, such as Tahitian vanilla, hazelnuts from Piedmont, pistachio from Bronte, Voatsiperifery wild pepper from Madagascar, freeze-dried fruits from Germany and flower petals from the southern France, not to mention 23K edible gold and sterling silver flakes.

Canada’s own Zoltan Szabo, a partner in chocoMe Canada Inc., poured fine wines to pair along with the several different chocolate samples, putting his talents and sommelier skills to good use. “These pairings are incredible—they really elevate the wine-and-chocolate experience,” said CityBites magazine owner and editor Dick Snyder.

These exquisite 100 gram chocolate bars and 100-to-120 grams boxes of Raffinée are presented in award-winning packages that are already available in two Toronto gourmet hotspots, All The Best Fine Foods in Rosedale and The Cheese Boutique in Toronto’s west end.

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chocoMe have received multiple Great Taste Awards, as well as a silver medal at the renowned International Chocolate Awards. These refined and elegant chocolates are available in 20 countries, now including Canada.

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Jessica Strickland

About Jessica Strickland

I’m a lady whose ordinary, needs that ‘extra’. With a background in corporate communications, I love the thrill of connecting with audiences and engaging with their interests. I’m fairly certain in a past life I was a mermaid…ok, I’m totally certain. One day I’ll be living ocean side again. I love animals, and my golden retriever puppy Briar, is my pride and joy. @pr_in_heels