Now that the weather is warming up again, I find going out for a walk in the middle of the day a more frequent and pleasant activity. It also means that I’m more often in the Provencher area. This means trips for coffee to Café Postal. At some point I also hope to visit Dwarf No Cachette. However, the most tempting spot on Provencher is undoubtedly Chocolatier Constance Popp .
Chocolatier Constance Popp was originally opened in the St. James area of Winnipeg. As long as it was out there, it was quite a ways off my beaten path. The next move was briefly to the underground mall in the Richardson Concourse before settling into the current location on Provencher.
Visiting the Shop
One of the things that stands out when you enter the shop is the creative effort that goes into making the chocolates. Not only are there exquisite looking chocolates in the cabinets the shelves are lined with miniature chocolate artworks. My descriptive powers wouldn’t do them justice, so I’m providing a link to just one of these. This is the Thanksgiving Turkey.
The picture above is of a chocolate medallion with candied orange, candied ginger, and almonds. This is a great mixture of some of my favourite things all in one product. This also represents the one drawback to Popp chocolates. I figured that I could enjoy these over the space of two or three days. In the end they only lasted me the 20 minutes that it took me to drink my latte. Of course, if that’s the only regret you have when buying and eating chocolate, that’s a good regret to have.
Beverages at Chocolatier Constance Popp
While you can easily get your chocolate and take it with, Popp Chocolates also offers you the chance to sit down and enjoy your chocolate with a beverage. Among the choices available are lattes and cappucinos.
These are good, but the one drink you have to try is the spiced chocolate beverage. The spiced chocolate beverage is the size of an espresso, but it packs a much bigger flavour and sensory punch. It’s probably not good etiquette, but once I’ve finished drinking I want to run my fingers inside the cup to get every bit of goodness out of it.
Another thing worth noting about the shop, beyond the quality of the chocolates, is the owner’s commitment to being environmentally friendly. This arises out of Ms. Popp’s background and education in Natural Resources Management.