Divine Chocolatier Inc
By YP Contributor

A Taste of Chocolate Heaven

Almost everyone likes chocolate, but if all you’ve ever had are the sugar-loaded candy bars from convenience stores, then you’re seriously missing out. At Divine Chocolatier in downtown Montreal, store owner Richard Zwierzynski makes artisanal chocolates with only the finest cocoa beans.

Richard didn’t go to school or study under anyone to learn his craft. He learned the ropes working for a big company in Montreal for 16 years doing mass production. But he was never impressed with the quality of what he made and wanted to strike out on his own. “I was always fascinated with chocolate for I don’t know what reason,” Richard recalls. “I wanted to do something on my own here, more artisanal, small, highest quality, and provide good service for people who want that kind of relationship with a chocolatier, which is difficult to find these days.”

I wanted to do something on my own here, more artisanal, small, highest quality, and provide good service for people who want that kind of relationship with a chocolatier. - Richard Zwierzynski, owner
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The Best in Montreal

The chocolate business is a niche in which Richard has developed a sterling reputation. In fact, he still has customers from when he first opened for business and some people request email notifications so they know when his latest collection is coming out. The excitement around Richard’s creations is understandable since he’s always experimenting with new flavours like an alchemist in his lab.

“It’s always fun to do new things, not just doing the same flavour all the time but not too out there either,” Richard explains. “I had people asking, ‘Why don't you make a chocolate with garlic?’ My response was that I haven’t lost my mind yet,” he laughs.

In 1999, the Montreal Gazette voted Divine Chocolatier as the shop with the best truffles in Montreal, and Richard has also been featured on a CBS Television show based in New York. Plus, over the years, he’s met several actors and musicians such as Robert DeNiro, Johnny Depp, and Steven Tyler. These big stars bring big business, and Richard finds it exciting to have met celebrities that most people wouldn’t have the chance to see out and about.

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Rich and Natural

In his small store, there is an enticing selection of truffles in various shapes and flavours, but that’s not all Richard carries. There are also hand-crafted wooden keepsake boxes, or large leather-bound books in which to package truffles if they are to be given as gifts. The chocolate cigars are also a popular choice.

One of the more surprising products found at Divine Chocolatier is cocoa-based massage oil. Richard shares the story: “My wife needed a moisturizer, and what could be more natural than cocoa butter? So we made it. And the smell! I always joke the only side effect this has is that someone may want to eat you up.”

If you stop by, be sure to try the hot chocolate. Rich, thick and absolutely natural, it’s like drinking a delicious chocolate bar. Richard recommends starting with a half cup as it is very heavy and filling. The Divine Chocolatier really is a little taste of heaven.

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