Chocolats Latour is a local business making hand crafted chocolates with fair trade chocolate, and local ingredients when possible. Chocolatiere Shalini Latour, a pastry chef from Montreal, by way of Belgium, by way of India, has the background to work with any combination of flavors imaginable. This skill, combined with her creative and conscientious sourcing of ingredients, makes her products worth trying any time.
“My own favorite flavor depends on my mood. I love the rosemary almond with sea salt bar with a good craft beer,” Shalini said. She cited honey, basil, and caramel as her favorite among her fifty rotating filled chocolate flavors.
In fact, Shalini has three new flavors of chocolate bars in the works. The first of them, white chocolate with lavender, lemon, and sea salt, became available over the past weekend, and the others will be coming out soon.
“I’ve had customers asking for a white chocolate flavor, that is, chocolate made with cocoa butter, but without cocoa solids,” she said. The other new flavors are dark chocolate with curry, cumin, and golden raisins, and dark chocolate with bacon salt, oregano, and caramelized cashews.
"I love to work with flavors like curry and cumin because of my time in India,” she said. As for the last “who doesn’t like bacon?” Using bacon itself would have presented difficulties in keeping the product fresh, so Shalini found natural bacon salt produced on Cape Cod.
Chocolate doesn’t do well in heat, which forces Chocolats Latour to be absent from farmers’ markets in the warm months. Shalini returned to the Northside Market in September, and expects to return to Findlay Market in October, just in time for Sweetest Day. However, the chocolates are sold at retailers throughout the area year-round.