To Canada, With Chocolate
With Canada Day approaching on July 1st, we spoke to talented chocolatier Glenn Knowles, owner of Gem Chocolates..
“Big, diverse, welcoming, peaceful, patriotic, flexible.”
“To generalize, there is an ever-increasing demand for artistic, colourful individual chocolates versus the traditional plain chocolates without artistic flair. Flavour-wise, the general customer base seek out a wide spectrum of flavours from traditional to a modern fusion of flavours that reflect our diverse society. Also, in general, there is often a reticence to choose an unknown flavour, as the vast majority of people select flavours that are already known to them rather than broadening their palate with new unfamiliar flavours.”
“Traditional Maple & Walnut Caramels, and Butter Tart (limited supply).”
“To me growing outside of Canada to Canadian parents,” Glenn Knowles tells us, “the most Canadian treat I can remember is my mum baking butter tarts – something unfamiliar outside of Canada. To me, with the hint of maple within the tart filling, it reminds me of my childhood and my Canadian heritage! We are nearly sold out already – proving that Butter Tarts are very Canadian!”