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Hamilton chocolatiers are whetting your appetite for Valentine’s Day

thespec 2020-02-13 13:50:05

Friday is Valentine's Day and nothing aids in making the heart grow fonder than chocolate. Works every time. Here are two places to check out:

Chocolat on James

"Now that we have been in business for five years, we kind of know and can prepare for two days of madness," Chocolat on James' Sheryl Cronsberry says. "We know what kind of volume we should prepare for based on previous years, but it is still a little more risky because if you sell out you don't have time to make more and if you make too much you have leftovers."

Truffles of different varieties fill the case at Chocolat on James Street North.| Cathie Coward/The Hamilton Spectator

On Feb. 13 and on Valentine's Day, Cronsberry says "three of us will exclusively be dipping and decorating strawberries all day long. We probably go through 3,000 to 4,000 strawberries in three days. We don't just dip them in dark or milk chocolate, we also decorate them with Skor toffee bits and edible glitter and paints, so we step it up a bit."

Because of the Valentine's Day demand for strawberries customers must preorder them.

Truffles are also hot ticket items, along with a lot of "kid things" like Valentine suckers and chocolate-dipped Oreo cookies.

Chocolat on James is located at 123 James St. N.

Beanermunky Chocolate

For Lori Eisenberger, owner and master chocolatier at Beanermunky in Dundas, Valentine's Day is also her shop's third busiest day of the year.

Beanermunky's bestselling Valentine treat is a box of 12 fork-dipped artisan chocolates. | Cathie Coward/The Hamilton Spectator

Beanermunky's box of 12 fork-dipped Artisan Chocolates are their bestsellers at this time of year. The collection includes a heart shaped honey crisp made with local Humble Bee Honey, and a deep dark chocolate ganache with a hint of natural cinnamon oil enrobed in Belgium dark chocolate.

Other favourites include hand-dipped Oreo cookies, as well as heart shaped peanut butter cups, and chocolate dipped pretzels decorated with an assortment of sprinkles called Love Me Knots.

The Dundas shop offers customers a window into the kitchen (with a stepup for the little ones) where they can watch chocolate treats being made right before their eyes.

Beanermunky Chocolate is located at 50 King St. W. in Dundas.

905-526-3359 | @photogham

905-526-3359 | @photogham