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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 chocolate mocha sauce, double-chocolate biscotti, and even chocolate mint tea. Stratford is also home to cacao-based products.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 tickets that entitle you to choose six of the stops on a self-guided tour. Each ticket 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 year-‘round, and is valid for three days from date of purchase. You can also give the great gift of a voucher 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! 

Bradshaws Chocolate Barr's Candies Inc.
Coffee Culture Café & Eatery Distinctly Tea
Jenn & Larry's Brittle & Shakes sundae Jenn & Larry's Brittle & Shakes Kitchen Connaisseur sauce Kitchen Connaisseur
MacLeods Scottish Shop exterior MacLeods Scottish Shop Mercer Hall exterior Mercer Hall
Olive Your Favourites product Olive Your Favourites Rheo Thompson Candies product Rheo Thompson Candies
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory product Rocky Mountain
Chocolate Factory
Sinvention Exterior Sinvention
Slave to the Grind
Espresso Bar
General Mercantile
Tea Leaves Tea
Tasting Bar
Totally Spoked interior Totally Spoke'd
Treasures product Treasures    

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




129 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON N5A 7V4 

9:30 AM - 6 PM

9:30 AM - 8 PM

9:30 AM - 6 PM

11 AM - 5 PM


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 ticket will buy 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 ticket, simply take your Govino across the street to Stratford's new restaurant and wine bar - 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!)


Chocolate Barr's Candies Inc.

136 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON N5A 7Y4 

9 AM - 6 PM

9 AM - 8 PM 

9 AM - 6 PM

11 AM - 5 PM


Making quality handmade candies and chocolates in the Stratford tradition, Chocolate Barr’s Candies is proud to offer our handmade truffles for the Stratford Chocolate Trail. With over 12 flavours including the new honey and black pepper, Trinidad cocoa bean, 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.


Coffee Culture Café & Eatery

69 Downie Street
Stratford, ON N5A 1W7 

6 AM - 11 PM

6 AM - 12 AM


Inspired by the Old World coffee houses of Europe, Coffee Culture is the destination for conversation, business and relaxation. Rich colours, comfortable seating and inviting décor treat our guests to a little bit of Europe with every visit.

Continuing in the European tradition, we purchase only premium quality coffee, in order to serve you a superior cup, every time. 

Your chocolate craving is sure to be totally satisfied with our Rockslide Brownie, a combination of decadent chocolate, giant chocolate chunks, drizzled with creamy caramel with an added crunch of pecans. Complete your chocolate desire with a steamy Café or White Chocolate Mocha.

Distinctly Tea

18 York Street 
Stratford, ON N5A 1A1 

10 AM - 6 PM

10 AM - 5 PM

12 PM - 4 PM


Chocolate Trail participants can select a 50 gram bag of one of our 14 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.

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390 Douro Street
Stratford, ON N5A 3S7

12 PM - 6 PM

12 PM- 7 PM

12 PM - 8 PM

11 AM - 7 PM

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.


Jenn & Larry's Brittle & Shakes 

49 York Street
Stratford, ON N5A 1A1 

Monday - Friday

11 am - 7 pm


11 am - 6 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 frozen custard ice cream sundae smothered in rich hot chocolate fudge and topped with a chunk of Jenny’s Chocolate Supreme Peanut Brittle is sure to delight.

Delicious Deal: Trail participants will receive 10% off a hand-spun Chocolate Malt Shake.


Kitchen Connaisseur

75 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON N5A 3H1 



12 PM - 5:30 PM

11 AM - 5 PM


Kitchen Connaisseur is Stratford’s favorite specialty food destination, featuring our line of award winning products for the culinary minded. They include savoury and dessert sauces, oils, vinegars, pasta, hors d’oeuvre, and herbs for cooking. Our products can be used to prepare a one dish meal for a quick family dinner, or to create an elaborate special occasion menu. Visit us on The Chocolate Trail, where we are featuring our Chocolate Mocha Sauce. This sauce is made with rich dark chocolate, fresh cream, and espresso coffee. It is ideal with ice cream and cheesecake, and superb by the spoonful! As with all of our products, numerous recipes for use are available on our website, such as Chocolate Mocha Cheesecake or Profiteroles with Chocolate and Sun Dried Cherry Sauce.

Along with in-store sampling, your Chocolate Pass entitles you to take a 115 ml jar of this fabulous sauce home with you.


MacLeods Scottish Shop

80 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON N5A 3H2 


10 AM - 5 PM


9:30 AM - 5:30 PM


11 AM - 3 PM


Just say the word "Scotland" and kilted highlander pops into your mind. Scotland isn't just about "wild, kilted warriors," it's about subtle beauty and lasting quality.
More than just a Scottish Shop - MacLeods is your gateway to the British Isles. Beautiful knitwear, tartans, gifts...and sweets for everyone.
MacLeods Scottish Shop is proud to present for this years Chocolate Trail, a box of slow-baked pure butter shortbread with generous portions of luxury Belgian chocolate chunks, imported directly from the Scottish Highlands.

Special Offer: 
Participants of the Chocolate Trail are being offered 15% off any in-store purchases. Custom orders not included.


Mercer Hall 

104 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON N5A 3H2 



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 


10:30 AM - 5 PM

10:30 AM - 6 PM


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.


Rheo Thompson Candies

55 Albert Street
Stratford, ON N5A 3K2 

9 AM - 5:30 PM


We are proud to be celebrating 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. 

The chocolate pass offer is your choice of four of our handmade assorted cream and caramel centers, enrobed in 45% cocoa and 60% cocoa chocolate. This delicious assortment will provide you with a variety of our most popular flavours.


Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

10 Downie Street
Stratford, ON N5A 7K4 

12 PM - 4:30 PM

10 AM - 5 PM

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.

Special Offer: 
Enjoy a chocolate bar on us (milk/white/dark) when purchasing a one-pound bag of Rocky Pop (store made caramel popcorn with a variety of delicious nuts).


Slave to the Grind Espresso Bar

46 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON N5A 3G8 

7:30 AM - 5 PM

9 AM - 5 PM

Stratford's Funky Espresso Bar - owned and democratically operated by Your Local Market Co-operative Inc. serving coffees, teas and baked goods!

The Full Monty Mocha: Made with our own chocolate sauce, two shots of espresso, steamed milk served with whipped cream & freshly shaved marbled chocolate.


Small-Mart General Mercantile

119 Ontario Street 
Stratford, ON N5A 3H1 

10 AM - 6 PM

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!


Tea Leaves Tea Tasting Bar

433 Erie Street
Stratford, ON N5A 2N3 

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.



151 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON N5A 2L3 


Cathy and Jackie are great friends who have been co-owners of Treasures for over seven years and proud supporters of numerous talented local artisans and producers! Taking their inspiration from the fine craftsmanship of the local Amish, Mennonite and artisan communities, and their deep appreciation of all things hand-crafted with skilled hands and artful eyes, the girls are excited to provide a space to showcase such an abundance of local talent!

One of the newest products at Treasures is their tempting signature chocolate covered cranberry almond brittle! Made with love by Jenny of Jenny’s Peanut Brittle, using only the finest quality ingredients and time-honored methods, it is a special treat that’s not to be missed, and is available only at Treasures!
Come in and try a piece--we promise you’ll be back for more!

Delicious Deal: Chocolate Trailer participants will receive 10% off any purchase at Treasures over $10.

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Totally Spoke'd

29 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON N5A 3G7

9 AM - 5:30 PM

9 AM - 8 PM

9 AM - 5 PM

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: 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’.


“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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