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2029 41st Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6M 1Y7
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While Glenn Knowles’ business background has contributed to the success of Gem Chocolates, no one could have guessed during his 25-year career in corporate finance that he’d become a multi-award-winning artisan chocolate maker.

“Food has always been a passion at home, and I didn’t want to reach my eighties with any regrets,” says Glenn, who abandoned his senior management job in 2009 to pursue his dreams.

Awaiting the start of culinary school, Glenn enrolled in the Master Chocolatier program at École Chocolat, an international online chocolate-making school.

“Lo and behold, I was having so much fun, a few months later I launched this company. It was completely unexpected,” says Glenn. “I sold online and wholesaled for about a year, then decided to get serious and go retail.”

Much to the delight of the local community, Glenn opened the doors of Gem Chocolates, Kerrisdale’s first artisan chocolate shop, in 2011. Not only does Gem reflect the natural and luxurious characteristics of Glenn’s handmade chocolates, it’s also acronym that celebrates his family: Glenn, Eamon and Madeleine—himself and his two children.

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Vancouver’s top chocolate shops for Easter goodies

Vancouver’s top chocolate shops for Easter goodies

Kerrisdale's family-run Gem Chocolates opened its doors in 2011 and this talented team has been serving up tasty chocolate treats since. All the chocolates are made on site in the shop and are created with all natural, certified organic ingredients. You won’t taste any artificial sweeteners or additives that are commonly found in other commercial chocolates. We visited Gem Chocolates recently during the Hot Chocolate Festival and were blown away by the craftsmanship and taste of their chocolates. Our recommendation: their pecan pie chocolates are to die for!

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Sweet sips to enjoy at the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

Sweet sips to enjoy at the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

Award-winning chocolatier Glenn Knowles has designed three artful cocoa creations for the Hot Chocolate Festival, and will be switching up the flavours each week. Flower Power (January 19 to 27) is a fragrant blossom-infused milk hot chocolate served with a pop art floral marshmallow. Shot in the Dark (January 28 to February 3) is a boozy dark hot chocolate that comes with a cannonball of Bailey’s, which you can dunk into your drink to create a creamy, silky texture. Finally, Island Float (February 4 to 12) is a sweetly spiced cardamom-infused milk hot chocolate topped with a lemon meringue island.

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Sweet relief: Chocolate shops in Vancouver

Sweet relief: Chocolate shops in Vancouver

With their fun names and unique shapes and designs, each handcrafted chocolate at this Kerrisdale shop is truly a little gem. There are countless confections to choose from, like Berry Blue, Pepper Spray and Jazzy-Jas (a jasmine-scented chocolate in white ganache), and you can also purchase online for larger orders. Along with some of their classic chocolates, their Lost & Found chocolate bar is award-winning and is made with the rarest of cocoa beans. You’ll want to go find one quickly.

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