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Valrhona in Canada


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#1 Aria

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 09:01 PM

Hello!
Does anyone know of a ( any? ) Valrhona distributor in Canada, specifically Toronto? Thank you so much!!

#2 eatrustic

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 12:58 AM

Try Qualifirst Foods (Toronto). ph. 416 244 - 1177. They also carry Cluziel Chocolates.

#3 lemon curd

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 07:20 AM

Lentia distributes Valrhona in Vancouver.
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#4 Aria

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 11:10 AM

Thanks a lot! I'll try those sources

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 04:39 PM

Qualifirst used to carry Valrhona but now carry on Cluizel and Callebaut. Lentia is the exclusive distributor of Valrhona in Ontario I believe.
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#6 choux

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 04:53 PM

Qzina carries Valrhona, here in Vancouver, I'm pretty sure they are in Toronto as well.

#7 Kerry Beal

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 05:16 PM

I just checked the Qzina site in Toronto (www.qzina.com)and it doesn't list Valrhona, however neither does the Vancouver site in their catalogue. So it may be something you need to call and ask about (888-816-6696), I'm trying to recall if I have seen it in the Toronto store.

The Lentia site claims to be the exclusive distributor for Ontario. It appears there is a branch in Mississauga (www.lentia.com)

#8 eatrustic

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 10:21 PM

The Qualifirst website shows they still carry the Valrhona. Whether it is the exclusive stuff, old stock or otherwise is the big question.
Far Met is their Vancouver branch.

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 06:11 AM

The Qualifirst website shows they still carry the Valrhona. Whether it is the exclusive stuff, old stock or otherwise is the big question.
Far Met is their Vancouver branch.

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Far Met in Vancouver no longer carries Valrhona. Not sure if that means Qualifirst likely does not carry it either?
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#10 Kerry Beal

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 01:36 PM

Just called and talked to Brianne at Qzina in Toronto. They don't carry Valrhona there.

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 03:47 PM

If you happen to go near Montreal, go to Farinex (www.farinex.ca).

#12 Aria

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 07:19 PM

Yeah! Just made the LONG ( !! ) read: 9 minute journery to Mississauga, Ontario and yes Lentia does carry Valrhona. In fact they said that they are the exclusive Valrhona dist. in Ontario. They gave me samples of all their Valrhona stuff and here's what I felt after tasting them:

Tanariva Milk 33 % - Smooth, less sweet than Callebaut Milk.

Caraibe 66 % - Nothing great, tasted like Lindt semisweet couverture.

Manjari 64% - Phenomenal taste, smooth, exceptionally fruity, bitter but not too bitter. However, as a filling it would overpower all my flavourings and on it's own, may not appeal to everyone who wants a 'dark' chocolate truffle. Not suitable for a coating IMO.

Guanaja 70% - Very good for 70%. Bitter without an after taste.

Equatoriale 55% - WOW!!! I want to coat a batch of truffles with this stuff now! Smooth, good balance of bitter and sweet, no after taste and will not overpower other flavourings. Loved it.

White ( Not sure what they call it ) - Amazing! Much better than Lindt or Callebaut. Very smooth.

Are these expert opinions?? NO!! Just those of a math teacher who likes to dabble in chocolate. Anyway, here are the super amazing prices in Canadian dollars:

All the above are pretty much $ 61.00 for the callets for a 3 kg bag. I think that's a steal. Do visit http://www.lentia.com/ and check them out. Any thoughts / comments by those who have used Valrhona chocolate before? Thanks so much

#13 Kerry Beal

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 08:21 PM

Yeah! Just made the LONG ( !! ) read: 9 minute journery to Mississauga, Ontario and yes Lentia does carry Valrhona. In fact they said that they are the exclusive Valrhona dist. in Ontario. They gave me samples of all their Valrhona stuff and here's what I felt after tasting them:

Tanariva Milk 33 % - Smooth, less sweet than Callebaut Milk.

Caraibe 66 % - Nothing great, tasted like Lindt semisweet couverture.

Manjari 64% - Phenomenal taste, smooth, exceptionally fruity,  bitter but not too bitter. However, as a filling it would overpower all my flavourings and on it's own, may not appeal to everyone who wants a 'dark' chocolate truffle. Not suitable for a coating IMO.

Guanaja 70% - Very good for 70%. Bitter without an after taste.

Equatoriale 55% - WOW!!!  I want to coat a batch of truffles with this stuff now! Smooth, good balance of bitter and sweet, no after taste and will not overpower other flavourings. Loved it.

White ( Not sure what they call it ) - Amazing! Much better than Lindt or Callebaut. Very smooth.

Are these expert opinions?? NO!! Just those of a math teacher who likes to dabble in chocolate. Anyway, here are the super amazing prices in Canadian dollars:

All the above are pretty much $ 61.00 for the callets for a 3 kg bag. I think that's a steal. Do visit http://www.lentia.com/ and check them out. Any thoughts / comments by those who have used Valrhona chocolate before? Thanks so much

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Sounds like I'm going to have the make the trip to Mississauga (a bit longer than 9 minutes for me) and check it out.

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 03:44 PM

I haven't ordered Valrhona from Qzina in a while, I guess they've stopped carrying it now.
Aria I totally agree that the Valrhona white chocolate is fantastic. Not too sweet and super smooth.

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#15 prasantrin

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 05:41 AM

Other than ChocoDirect, are there any sources for Valrhona chocolates in larger quantities (like in 500g or 1kg) for the average consumer in Canada? ChocoDirect mostly has chocolate for eating out of hand, and the only 1kg block they have is just 61%. I'm looking for higher percentages (like 70%+, but maybe also Caraibe, etc.).

I don't want to ship from the US, but am looking for a Canadian source. I did email Lentia to see if they'd sell to the general public, but am looking for other sources, too.

#16 Kerry Beal

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 05:54 AM

Other than ChocoDirect, are there any sources for Valrhona chocolates in larger quantities (like in 500g or 1kg) for the average consumer in Canada? ChocoDirect mostly has chocolate for eating out of hand, and the only 1kg block they have is just 61%. I'm looking for higher percentages (like 70%+, but maybe also Caraibe, etc.).

I don't want to ship from the US, but am looking for a Canadian source. I did email Lentia to see if they'd sell to the general public, but am looking for other sources, too.

Did they say they would sell to the general public? If not I can get you some from them.

#17 choux

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:00 AM

Vanilla Food Company in Ontario has some Valrhona, and does break down 3kg bags into smaller quantities. They do stop shipping chocolate in warm weather, which is probably soon.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 10:34 AM

Lentia is the exclusive importer of Valrhona Chocolate in Ontario, Western Canada and the Maritimes.

http://www.lentia.com

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 10:42 AM

Lentia is the exclusive importer of Valrhona Chocolate in Ontario, Western Canada and the Maritimes.

http://www.lentia.com

They do sell to individuals with 'freight charges' which I did not inquire about. Never heard of them before. Thanks.

Edited by Darienne, 17 May 2011 - 10:42 AM.

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#20 prasantrin

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 03:35 PM


Other than ChocoDirect, are there any sources for Valrhona chocolates in larger quantities (like in 500g or 1kg) for the average consumer in Canada? ChocoDirect mostly has chocolate for eating out of hand, and the only 1kg block they have is just 61%. I'm looking for higher percentages (like 70%+, but maybe also Caraibe, etc.).

I don't want to ship from the US, but am looking for a Canadian source. I did email Lentia to see if they'd sell to the general public, but am looking for other sources, too.

Did they say they would sell to the general public? If not I can get you some from them.


They haven't emailed me back, yet (I just emailed this morning before I posted here! :smile: ). It was really warm today, so now I'm a bit worry about transporting chocolate by mail, but I'll let you know! Thanks!