Just because you’re being indulgent doesn’t mean you have to ignore environmental, human rights, and health concerns. That’s the philosophy of the Kakayo Chocolate Company, a fantastic new truffle shop that opened last week.
Located at 1584 Queen St. East, right at the edge of the Beaches, Kakayo is a truffle shop with morality in mind. Not only can you fulfill your cravings for delectable, high-quality chocolate, but you can do it ethically. Founder Colleen Wong-Sala, who used to work in IT, has been selling her handmade, certified organic, fair trade, locally-sourced truffles directly to customers, through farmer’s markets, and online since 2006. She even makes excellent vegan truffles, something that’s definitely been lacking in this city.
It’s easy to see how she’s been able to afford a retail location—aside from the fact that all of Kakayo’s truffles are so ethically-pleasing, they’re also just really, really good. Her basic truffles are the perfect balance of sweet but not too rich, and some of their more creative offerings are an adventure for the tongue. Torontoist recommends the spicy Hot Tamale and the Green Tea Matcha, but our absolute favourite would have to be the Pumpkin Pie truffle—it actually tastes like a pumpkin pie dipped in chocolate. Colleen is also working on diabetic-friendly truffles, so that almost anyone could walk into her shop and indulge.
The shop itself is a testament to chocolate. Besides truffles, Colleen also sells clever truffle-themed shirts, chocolate-scented candles, and even chocolate-y lip balm. The Kakayo kitchen is right behind the store’s counter, so customers can see Colleen at work and drool over vats of melted chocolate. The strip of Queen East between Greenwood and Coxwell is slowly becoming a bustling little neighbourhood, and we’d love to see more foodie delights joining Kakayo in that area.
Photo by Mathew Katz.