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Chocolates x Brandon Olsen (CXBO) : Toronto, Ontario

Chocolates x Brandon Olsen (CXBO) : Toronto, Ontario

Name: Chocolates x Brandon Olsen (CXBO)
Address: 1132 College St, Toronto, ON M6H 1B6, Canada
Website: Website
Instagram: @chocolatesxbrandonolsen
Phone: (416) 588-2926
Wifi: No
Tender: Debit, Credit, Cash
Neighbourhood: Little Italy, Toronto
Type: Chocolate

Chocolates x Brandon Olsen, or CXBO, is located at the intersection of College and Dufferin in Toronto’s Little Italy neighborhood. Specializing in artisan chocolates CXBO has taken the Toronto confection scene by a whirlwind.

The modestly sized shop is bright and features a retro-mod rainbow mural and yellow chairs. It’s fun and whimsical, everything that a chocolate shop should be.

Chocolates x Brandon Olsen: Interior Mural
Chocolates x Brandon Olsen: Interior Mural
Chocolates x Brandon Olsen: Interior
Chocolates x Brandon Olsen: Interior

Owned by Brandon Olsen (previously the Chef at Bar Isabel, The Black Hoof, and French Laundry) and his partner Sarah Keenlyside, the geometric chocolates are hand made and hand painted right here in the shop. The entire process takes 3 days complete, but is well worth it as each one looks like beautiful gem. In fact, even their boxes are painted by hand in the store in the same artistic splatter that adorns their chocolates.

Chocolates x Brandon Olsen : Chocolates
Chocolates x Brandon Olsen : Chocolates
Chocolates x Brandon Olsen: Hand Sprayed Boxes
Chocolates x Brandon Olsen: Hand Sprayed Boxes

The classic collection, or as they affectionately refer to as the “OG Collection”, features a box of 9 flavors including:

  • Cinnamon Brown Butter
  • Orange Blossom, Honey
  • Pistachio, Orange, Bergamot
  • Sherry, Milk Chocolate
  • Lime, Ginger, Black Pepper
  • Cherry, Vanilla
  • Salted Caramel
  • Raspberry, Rose, Fennel
  • Yuzu, Sake

Each box of 9 sells for $18 CDN + tax with boxes of 18 being available for $40 CDN + tax. You almost feel guilty about eating such little pieces of artistic jewels until you take a bite. The flavors profiles are rich, complex, and just plain tasty.

Chocolates x Brandon Olsen: The "OG" Collection
Chocolates x Brandon Olsen: The “OG” Collection

 

Chocolates x Brandon Olsen: Cinnamon Brown Butter
Chocolates x Brandon Olsen: Cinnamon Brown Butter

 

Chocolates x Brandon Olsen: Hand Boxed Chocolates
Chocolates x Brandon Olsen: Hand Boxed Chocolates

In addition to their “OG” collection they also have limited edition feature set of chocolates. The current Limited Collection features French inspired flavors including:

  • Cognac, Raisin, Caramel
  • Cassis, Crème de Violette
  • Pastis, Banana

Be warned though, that their limited collection is in fact limited and only available until all the inventory has been sold. It’s best to stock up if a limited item ends up becoming a favorite.

Chocolates x Brandon Olsen: Limited Edition Collection
Chocolates x Brandon Olsen: Limited Edition Collection

They also currently have a special Autumn themed collection which is made for and sold exclusively by The Drake General Store. Flavors include:

  • Corn Caramel
  • Pumpkin, Toasted Marshmallow
  • Bourbon, Butter Tart

Again though, the collection is only available at The Drake General Store until all available boxes are sold out.  I can certainly say that the Bourbon Butter tart can hold it’s own against any pastry.

Chocolates x Brandon Olsen: Drake General Store Collection
Chocolates x Brandon Olsen: Drake General Store Collection

It’s hard to ignore the sheer beauty and craftsmanship of these chocolates, which are truly unique here in Toronto. Beyond the stunning exterior what equally helps to set them apart is that they taste just as good as they look, a rare feat when it comes to anything edible. While pre-made boxed sets are readily available, special orders are of course also an option for anything and everything you ever wished or hoped for. I for one am just looking for any excuse to have CXBO create my own special order.

 

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored, however the meal/items were complimentary. All opinions expressed are my own. All menu offerings and prices are accurate as of time of posting. Please refer to restaurant/shop for most up to date information.

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