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Follow the Savour Stratford Chocolate Trail

“Stratford: come for the chocolate, stay for the plays.” It could be our motto — we’re the perfect destination for chocoholics. When it comes to this divine substance, we make an exception to our rule about championing local foods—because while we may not grow cocoa beans here, we sure know what to do with them.

How much do we love chocolate? We have an entire Chocolate Trail, featuring the allurements of a chocolate martini, hand-made truffles, and even chocolate honey. Stratford is also home to three chocolate shops along with restaurants and shops that offer a wide range of cacao-based products. 

So what are you waiting for? You can purchase your Chocolate Trail Pass in person at the Stratford Tourism office. Sunday purchases may be made at Treasures from 10am-4pm.

The pass, which sells for $25 + HST, includes vouchers that entitle you to choose six of the stops on a self-guided tour. Each voucher will entitle you to a tasting of a chocolate delight and the chance to speak to the chocolate makers, learn about the many delicious products available, and visit Stratford's unique restaurants and retail locations. The Chocolate Trail Pass is offered yearround, and is valid for three days from date of purchase. You can also give a gift certificate that the recipient can redeem for a Stratford Chocolate Trail Pass — those can be purchased online or in person. 

Below, you’ll find a list of participating businesses and a description of their treats. Read on — they’re waiting for you! 

Bentley's Bar Inn & Restaurant Bradshaws
The British Touch Chocolate Barr's Candies Inc.
Distinctly Tea Jenn & Larry's Brittle & Shakes sundae Jenn & Larry's Brittle & Shakes
MacLeods Scottish Shop exterior MacLeods Scottish Shop Mercer Hall exterior Mercer Hall
Olive Your Favourites Posh Jewellery & Gift Boutique
Rheo Thompson Candies product Rheo Thompson Candies Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory product Rocky Mountain
Chocolate Factory
Sinvention Exterior Sinvention Small-Mart
General Mercantile
Stratford Festival Shop Tea Leaves Tea Tasting Bar
Totally Spoke'd  Treasures

Chocolate treats are as offered, subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Only one coupon per location. HST not included on Pass.


 

 

Bentley's Bar Inn & Restaurant

99 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON N5A 3H1
519.271.1121
info@bentleysbarinn.ca
coffeeculture.ca 

DAILY

11;30 AM - 2 AM


bar


 

Bentley’s Chocolate Carousel is a delicious concoction of dark cacao, butter ripple and milk served on the rocks garnished with a chocolate rim. A decadent martini you’ll remember!

Bentley’s is the bar to be at for food, wine, beer, beds a patio and a casual atmosphere. Situated in the heart of downtown, Bentley's also boasts 12 Lofts @ 99 awhich re all 2-story suites with first rate features. Enjoy plasma TV’s, King and twin TEMPUR-Pedic mattresses, free parking, WiFi, fridge and microwave with the city just steps away. Open daily Downtown.

The Chocolate Trail offer is not available from 5pm to 8pm.

 
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Bradshaws

129 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON N5A 7V4 
519.271.6283
sales@bradshawscanada.com
bradshawscanada.com
@Bradshaws1895

MONDAY TO THURSDAY
9:30 AM - 6 PM

FRIDAY
9:30 AM - 8 PM

SATURDAY
9:30 AM - 6 PM

SUNDAY
11 AM - 5 PM

 


store front

Forget the boring wine and cheese party...Why not a wine and CHOCOLATE party???

Brix Chocolate is a line of chocolate intended to complement wine without confusing the palate. An American pulmonologist developed the line in an effort to find a healthful, yet complimentary product to replace saturated fat laden cheeses when drinking wine after dinner. There are three flavours of chocolate to choose from...Milk, Medium Dark and Extra Dark.

As you nibble on your chocolate, enjoy your wine pairing in one of the stylish and highly sought-after Govino wine tumblers. The Govino shatter-proof stemless wine tumblers are great for entertaining, especially outdoors, around the pool or hot tub or out on a picnic by the Avon River.

When you visit Bradshaws on the Chocolate Trail, one voucher will get you your very own Govino wine tumbler and a sampling of 3 Brix chocolates so you can enjoy your own chocolate and wine pairing at home! Or for one extra voucher, simply take your Govino across the street to the restaurant and wine bar at Mercer Hall, to enjoy a wine pairing with your Govino and Brix chocolates.


Bradshaws... The very best items for your kitchen, bar, table and home.
Located at 129 Ontario Street in historic downtown Stratford (and visit our 2nd store, Small-Mart General Mercantile at 119 Ontario Street!)

 
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The British Touch

2210 Huron Road West (HWY 7/8)
Shakespeare, ON N0B 2P0
519.625.1329
thebritishtouch@rogers.com
thebritishtouch.com


SUNDAY
11 AM - 4 PM

MONDAY
CLOSED

TUESDAY - THURSDAY
12 PM - 5:30 PM

FRIDAY
11 AM - 6 PM

SATURDAY
10 AM - 6 PM

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The British Touch opened in 2002 and is proud to still serve the community today. Nestled in the Hamlet of Shakespeare, The British Touch carries plenty smiles and British cheer and is famous for its warm hospitality. Drop by for a chat and see all things British: Treats and groceries like Cadburys Chocolate, British chutney, Walkers Crisps, Digestive Biscuits, and Yorkshire Tea. We are located at 2210 Huron Road West, also known as highway 7/8.

Our featured item is the British Classic: Cadbury's Curly Wurly (five delicious bars). Stretchy gooey caramel, enrobed with rich dairy milk chocolate. Lovely!

 
 

Chocolate Barr's Candies Inc.

55 George Street West
Stratford, ON N5A 1A6
519.272.2828
info@chocolatebarrs.com 
chocolatebarrs.com
@ChocolateBarrs 

MONDAY TO THURSDAY
9 AM - 6 PM

FRIDAY
9 AM - 8 PM 

SATURDAY
9 AM - 6 PM

SUNDAY
11 AM - 5 PM

 

Making quality handmade candies and chocolates in the Stratford tradition, Chocolate Barr’s Candies is proud to offer three of our handmade truffles for the Stratford Chocolate Trail. With over 12 flavours including the new honey and black pepper, chili pepper, cherry liqueur, and hazelnut truffle, there is bound to be a favourite!

Gelato made from scratch in the summer. Handmade candy canes in the winter. New cookie selections to entice you, as well as all your favourite chocolate and candy treats.

 

Distinctly Tea

18 York Street 
Stratford, ON N5A 1A1 
519.271.9978
1.866.326.2221 
distinctlyteastratford@rogers.com
distinctlytea.com
@DistinctlyTea

MONDAY TO FRIDAY
10 AM - 6 PM

SATURDAY
10 AM - 5 PM

SUNDAY
12 PM - 4 PM

 loose leaf tea

Chocolate Trail participants can select a 50 gram bag of one of our 11 varieties of delicious Chocolate Teas. BLACK- Chocolate Strawberry, Chocolate Almond Cookie, Chocolate Mint, Chili Truffle, Chocolate Orange, Irish Wiskey Cream or Double Chocochino. ROOIBOS - Chocolate Supreme, Chocolate Ginger, Chocolate Mint, After Seven Mint or White Chocolate Toffee. YERBA MATE - Chocolate Cappuccino or Mate Chocolate. These all make great desert teas for drinking or cooking.

Distinctly Tea also offers a large selection of Green, Oolong, Black, Pu- erh, White, Yerba Mate, Rooibos, Fruit, Herbal, and single Herbs. Let us help you choose a new tea to brew at home or enjoy a cup ' to go'. Also many accessories to make steeping that tea easy and fun.

 

Jenn & Larry's Brittle & Shakes and Ice Cream Cakes

49 York Street
Stratford, ON N5A 1A1 
519.508.4949 
brittleandshakes@hotmail.com
facebook.com/JENNandLarry
@JennandLarrys

MONDAY - SATURDAY
11AM - 8 PM

SUNDAY
12 NOON - 8 PM

  JENN and Larry’s Brittle’n Shakes and Ice Cream Cakes is nestled along Stratford's scenic Avon River in the downtown Stratford. Owned and operated by the father-daughter team of Larry and Jenn, this classic ice cream and candy shoppe beckons you to stop in and indulge in the aromas and flavours of Jenny’s handmade Peanut Brittle, and the unforgettable taste of Larry’s hand-spun, frozen custard milk shake. In addition to brittle and shakes, JENN and Larry’s menu also includes ice cream cones, sundaes swirled with homemade fruit sauces, take-out “tubbies” (perfect for your picnic adventures), ice cream cakes and pies, and locally-produced Greek Yogurt.

When it’s time for dessert or a sweet treat nothing will satisfy a chocolate lover’s craving quite like the decadent combination of Larry’s fsoft-serve vanilla ice cream sundae smothered in rich hot chocolate fudge and topped with Jenny’s Milk Chocolate  Peanut Brittle is sure to delight.

 

 
 

MacLeods Scottish Shop

80 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON N5A 3H2 
519.273.5850
info@scottishshop.com
www.scottishshop.com

 

MONDAY
10 AM - 5 PM

 

TUESDAY TO SATURDAY
9:30 AM - 6 PM

 

SUNDAY
11 AM - 3 PM

 

More than just a Scottish Shop - MacLeods is your getaway to the British Isles. Beautiful knitwear, tartans, gifts... and sweets for everyone. MacLeods Scottish Shop is proud to present for this year's Chocolate Trail, a box of slow-baked pure butter shortbread with generous portions of luxury Belgian chocolate chunks, imported directly from the Scottish Highlands.

 

 
 
 

Mercer Hall 

104 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON N5A 3H2 
519.271.9202
mercerhall.com
@MHResto

 

 

THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY 
4 PM - 11 PM

 

 



Brix chocolate from Bradshaws is the perfect companion for the light bodied reds of Ontario as well as the award winning late-harvest ice wine styles.

Our knowledgeable staff will help you choose the best pairing for your chocolate, whether Milk, Medium Dark or Extra Dark.
The Restaurant at Mercer Hall is the newest addition to the Stratford dining scene.  Featuring an extensive list of wines by the glass focussed on the exciting and expanding wine regions of Ontario! 

Brix chocolate isn’t the only thing we’re pairing, stay for our house infused cocktails and craft beer selection that compliment the tasty morsels prepared by our chefs.

Why not stay for dinner?

 
 

Olive Your Favourites 

21 York Street 
Stratford, ON N5A 3H2 
519.508.1757 
info@oliveyourfavourites.com
oliveyourfavourites.com

 

SUNDAY
12 NOON - 4 PM

TUESDAY TO THURSDAY, SATURDAY
10 AM - 5 PM

FRIDAY 
10 AM - 6 PM

bottles of olive oil


 

Olive Your Favourites is Stratford's first Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Bar featuring award winning fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oils from both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres as well as a variety of Flavoured Dark and White Balsamic Vinegars from Modena, Italy. Experience the flavours and characteristics of a QUALITY EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL. All of our cultivar extra virgin olive oils display the chemistry of each olive oil allowing you to make an educated decision about which olive oil is right for you.

Tantalize your taste buds with our "Aged Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar" from Modena, Italy. Trail participants will enjoy a 60ml bottle of our Chocolate Balsamic for your salads, fresh berries and ice cream.

Delicious Deal: We are happy to offer 10% off any of our EVOO and balsamic vinegars when using your voucher in our store.

 

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Posh Jewellery & Gift Boutique

55 York Street
Stratford, ON N5A 1A1
519.305.1617
donna@gaudreault.cz
fb: YourPoshPlace

SUNDAY
10 AM - 5 PM

MONDAY TO THURSDAY
10 AM - 6 PM

FRIDAY & SATURDAY
10 AM - 8 PM

Chocolate Lip Balms
building exterior

 

Posh Jewellery & Gift Boutique is a unique eclectic store that offers jewellery, giftware, home & fashion accessories & so much more. With new and exciting items arriving every day, it is an unexpected adventure each time you enter our doors. You will love to Posh Yourself all year round at 55 York Street.

Enjoy your Creamy Fudge Leroux Lip Balm – our gift to you and a yummy reminder of your Stratford Chocolate Trail visit each and every day you use it. You will love how the all natural ingredients feel on your lips and the fudge taste is great.

Delicious Deal: 10% off Murano Glass chocolates – beautiful one-of-a-kind handmade collectables. 15% off Sue’s Sensual All Natural Fudge Spa Wax/Lotion

 
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Rheo Thompson Candies

55 Albert Street
Stratford, ON N5A 3K2 
519.271.6910
info@rheothompson.com
rheothompson.com
@RheoThompson

MONDAY TO SATURDAY
9 AM - 5:30 PM


 

We are proud to be celebrating over 40 years of traditional candy making in Stratford. We want to welcome you to the realm where “we make but one thing and do that well, CANDY”. Our mission is to make the finest of products using ingredients of the freshest and highest quality. We bring to you an incredible variety of hand made chocolates, hard candies, specialty nuts, nutty pop, and so much more. Our chocolates are hand packaged in exquisite gift boxes and beautifully gift wrapped for any occasion. You can select from over 100 different kinds of chocolatesOur world famous Mint Smoothies come in creamy milk or semi sweet dark chocolate, both accented with a delicate mint flavour. 

Your Chocolate Trail voucher offers you your choice of four of our handmade creams, caramels, barks, and specialty chocolates. All made with either 45% cocoa or 60% cocoa chocolate. Or you may just want our iconic chocolate, the Mint Smoothie! Enjoy!

 

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

10 Downie Street
Stratford, ON N5A 7K4 
519.272.2807 
rockychoc.com

SUNDAY 
12 PM - 4:30 PM

MONDAY  
10 AM - 5 PM


TUESDAY - SATURDAY 
10 AM - 5:30 PM





 

You are in for a real treat at Rocky Mountain Chocolate factory in the heart of Downtown Stratford! Come see us at 10 Downie Street in a beautifully restored historic building (Festival Square Mall). You will like what we’ve done with the place!!  We really do have something for everyone! Candy and Caramel Apples, Gelato, Sorbet, and frozen Yogurt, frozen chocolate dipped bananas and cheesecakes. Of course we also have gift chocolate and treats to take home to family and friends, or back to the hotel or B&B as a thank you to staff or hosts there for being well looked after while in town! Try our candy brittles (especially our chili garlic peanut brittle) and our Rocky Pop. You are sure to enjoy!

It's our pleasure to offer to you a set of classic milk chocolate Theatre Masks (one solid piece of chocolate) when presenting your Chocolate Trail Pass to staff within the store.

Delicious Deal: Chocolate "Bomb" of you choice with any purchase of $25 or more.

 

 
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Sinvention

390 Douro Street
Stratford, ON N5A 3S7
519.273.3737
sales@sinvention.com
sinventionboutique.com

MONDAY AND TUESDAY
12 PM - 6 PM

WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY
12 PM- 7 PM

FRIDAY
12 PM - 8 PM

SATURDAY
11 AM - 7 PM

SUNDAY
12 PM - 5 PM

Sinvention Exterior

Visit Stratford's only upscale adult store and indulge in your lusty chocolate cravings by sampling one of our "Chocolate Pecker Pops". Chocolate is a well known aphrodisiac and we are proud to offer these fun chocolate suckers that are handcrafted by Stratford's own premium chocolatier: Chocolate Barr's Candies. Your choice of creamy milk chocolate or sinful dark chocolate sucker. While here, take time to explore our unique collection of premium adult pleasure objects, lingerie, organic body products, educational and erotic books and DVDs. Also see our range of novelties, aphrodisiacs, herbal supplements, and ED aids. We are women, couples and gay friendly. You can feel comfortable shopping in our bright and eclectic store with the help of friendly knowledgeable sales staff. Don’t; be shy, feel free to explore! Adults only please.

Delicious Deal: Trail participants qualify for 10% off any in-store regular priced merchandise.

 

Small-Mart General Mercantile

119 Ontario Street 
Stratford, ON N5A 3H1 
519.271.6283
sales@small-mart.ca
small-mart.ca
@Small_MartGM

MONDAY TO SATURDAY
10 AM - 6 PM

SUNDAY
11 AM - 5 PM

 

Come to Small-Mart to enjoy the chocolates you used to eat as a kid. Part retro, part nostalgic, Small-Mart invites you to come in and choose two delicious chocolate bars from our retro candy selection. These are chocolates you probably used to enjoy when you were little, and they are still just as good!

Although Small-Mart General Mercantile is a new store, it is the little brother of Stratford's well known Bradshaws which is celebrating 115 years in retail. Small-Mart has some of our quirkier favorites, as well as Canadian clothing line Red Canoe, women's jewellery, design driven gifts and eclectic gift selections. Hard to describe, but definitely worth a visit!

 
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Stratford Festival Shop

99 Downie Street
Stratford, ON N5A 1X2
519.271.4040 ext. 5580
stratfordfestival.ca/store@stratfest

Open 10:00am – 6:00pm Matinee only performance days
Open 10:00am – 11:00pm on Evening only performance days
Open 10:00am – 11:00pm on Matinee and Evening performance days

Hours of operation are based on the performances taking place at the Avon Theatre. Please check the performance calendar for further details.

Chocolate Bar Wrapper

“Sweets to the sweet.” Take home a custom Stratford Festival milk chocolate bar for your sweetie – or better yet, keep it for yourself. A great souvenir for all the theatre lovers (or chocoholics) in your life!


The Stratford Festival Shop, located beside the Avon Theatre, is a store not to be missed! Discover our custom clothing, distinctive giftware, original jewellery, books, music and much more. All purchases directly support the Stratford Festival.

Delicious Deal: Chocolate Trail participants will receive a “sweet” promotion of 15% off today’s purchase.

 

 

Tea Leaves Tea Tasting Bar

433 Erie Street
Stratford, ON N5A 2N3 
519.273.1201
info@stratfordtealeaves.com
stratfordtealeaves.com
@TeaSommelier

WEDNESDAY TO SATURDAY
11 AM - 5 PM (or by appointment)

VISIT TEA LEAVES TEA TASTING BAR and boutique to experience both the simplicity and intimacy of brewing, presenting and savoring this timeless indulgence in a relaxing atmosphere.

During your chocolate experience at Tea Leaves you will:

  • Select from a choice of four specially blended Chocolate teas.
    • Chocolate Mint
    • Belgian Chocolate Rooibos
    • Organic Chocolate Nut
    • Chocolate Rose Petal
  • Learn about brewing instructions and origin of ingredients for your pot of tea.
  • Relax, sip and savour in our tea tasting bar, front porch or outside in the organic gardens.

All teas are selected and arranged by Karen and presented by a trained tea bar attendant. Karen is a certified tea sommelier whose passion is introducing people to the sophisticated, rich and varied world of fine tea – from Yunnan and Fugian in China, to Assam and Darjeeling, India, from Shizuoka, Japan to Sri Lanka and beyond.

 
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Totally Spoke'd

29 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON N5A 3G7
519.273.2001
totallyspoked@gmail.com
totallyspoked.ca

Spring/Summer
MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY
9 AM - 5:30 PM

THURSDAY
9 AM - 8 PM

SATURDAY
9 AM - 5 PM

SUNDAY
12 PM - 4 PM

Totally Spoke'd interior
Totally Spoke'd exterior
 
Totally Spoke’d in downtown Stratford is the place to go for all your bicycle parts, accessories and service needs… so what does a bike shop have to do with a Chocolate Trail? If a unique gift idea for a cyclist in your life is what you seek… you will truly find something for everyone among the ever-changing inventory of new products including 5 different flavours of chocolate bars that are created with the help of pedal power, stone grinders for grinding cacao beans by ChocoSol Traders: www.chocosoltraders.com/ At Totally Spoke’s you will find a friendly, knowledeagable staff that is willing to help you with any of your bicycle related questions. Winterborne Bicycle Insitute trained mechanics and a certified Bicycle F.I.T. technician on staff can help you be more comfortable and confident on any ride. Bicycle rentals, which are sure to add to your ‘Stratford Experience’, are also available for full- or half-day adventures.

Delicious Deal: While checking out our Chocolate Trail offering, you will receive 15% off the purchase of any other unique gifts or accessories for the ‘bike-minded’.

 
 

Treasures

151 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON N5A 2L3 
519.272.1715
jc_treasures@hotmail.com
facebook.com/TreasuresStratford@TreasuresStrtfd

OPEN DAILY AT 10 AM

 

chocolate honey jar
collage

Cathy and Jackie are great friends who have been co-owners of Treasures for nearly 12 years. As proud supporters of numerous gifted local artisans and producers, they are inspired by the fine craftsmanship of the area’s Amish, Mennonite and artisan communities, as well as the abundance of other local talent. They have a deep appreciation of all things hand-crafted with skilled hands and artful eyes, and the girls are excited to provide a space to showcase such an abundance of local creativity!

One of the newest products at Treasures is their delicious and healthful creamed cocoa honey, which they obtain from a local apiary, and their offering for the Chocolate Trail is a 110ml jar of this sweet, chocolaty goodness! Honey and chocolate—the best combination ever! Spread it on toast, or add it to milk for an after-workout boost—we promise you’ll be back for more!

Delicious Deal: Receive 10% off any purchase when you redeem your Chocolate Trail ticket. Not valid with any other special offer.

 

“Stratford itself is the type of walkable wholesome town Rodgers and Hammerstein might write a musical about.”

- Amy Alipio, Associate Editor, National Geographic Traveler

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