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Tofino Time – Issue 249 • April 2023

A Sweet Anniversary – 20 Years of Chocolate Tofino As with most Tofino stories, this one begins with living in a VW van by the beach. Kim and Cam have called Tofino home for over 13 years, ever since a surfing roadtrip in a VW van turned into a dream-come-to-life. Originally from the wind-swept, ice-covered prairies, the couple packed up everything and came west after discovering a tiny chocolate shop and realizing that they could surf and make chocolate every day. That dream was Chocolate Tofino. The rain was pouring down outside. We opened the front door and were greeted […]

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Let’s just say the COVID years were a special time for everyone. After one especially thoughtful review, our team of young, local girls began to embrace the notion of being vocal, strong and able to handle the unrelenting crowds of people jamming themselves into our small store. RUDE LITTLE GIRLS CLUB Tee Shirts and Hoodies are available online or in store. Shop now! Chocolate Tofino is honoured to be the recipient of the 2022 Customer Service Excellence Award through the Tofino / Long Beach Chamber of Commerce.

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Colouring Contest! Win some FREE PINTS OF GELATO for your Family or your Isolation Roomies!

Hey Everybody! We’re all spending a lot more time at home these days in our various states of isolation! How about we have some fun Colouring and Chocolate Tofino will reward a lucky few with FREE PINTS OF GELATO! This contest is not just for Kids! We’ve all got extra time these days!Entries will be accepted from anyone at the Pacific end of Highway 4. Here’s the rules:• Print off the PDF Colouring Page and create your Colouring Masterpiece!• Follow @chocolatetofino on Instagram.• Post an Instagram Story with your Art, your kids’ art, or your Roomies’ art with the Name […]

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We’re still scooping Gelato and making Chocolate for Pick-up & Delivery!

TEMPORARY COVID-19 SPECIAL MEASURESTuesday to Saturday – 12pm-5pm *Pick up and Delivery Only*Chocolate Tofino Store Fronts are now closed to the public Due to recent global events, we have had to close our storefront in Tofino temporarily. However, we have not stopped scooping Gelato and making Chocolates! We still want to provide our friends and customers with self-isolation Chocolates and Gelato. We have updated our online store, and are working hard to make sure everything is available. From Tuesday to Saturday, know that we are down at the shop packing up local deliveries, contactless pick ups and online orders. We […]

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Destination: Colombia

This past September, Cam and Kim took a trip down to Colombia, South America. We wanted to see for ourselves where our chocolate is grown, and meet the people who make so many chocolate dreams come true. What we found was so much better than what we expected!    Much of the chocolate we use at Chocolate Tofino is grown in various regions of Colombia, and is organically grown, uses non-GMO soy lecithin, hormone-free dairy, and is Direct Trade, which means the farmers are getting great prices because there is no middlemen! We visited a research center where Colombians educate […]

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Eat this Bear to show you Care!

The Bears are back! We’ve added a second month to our Bear Campaign! Buy a Chocolate Tofino Bear, filled with chocolate fish & sea creatures and we’ll donate a dollar from your purchase to the conservation and protection of BC’s Coastal Bears! Buy one in-store or online!

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Circa ’55 Artisan Easter Bunny – Only 10 Available!

Crafted in the true spirit of Artisan Chocolate, this is a very special Easter Bunny. This Fine Flavour Chocolate Bunny is hand-tempered and individually cast in an antique metal chocolate mold. Each piece proudly displays the pits and marks from the previous life of the vintage mold and recreates a nostalgic and once-lost piece of Chocolate History. It’s only fitting to use a very special Chocolate when bringing a beautiful Antique Mold back to life. We have sourced an exquisite Single Plantation 65% Dark Chocolate, with deep cocoa flavour, rich fudgey notes and fine-flavour aroma. We hope you love it […]

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A Tribute to Ray Austin

Many people have asked over the last 5 years, “Who is that on the Gelato Lid?” The answer is simple: A man with a warm heart, eyes crinkling in a ready smile and hands prepared to help anyone all the time. Ray Austin, father of Chocolate Tofino founder Gordon Austin, often helped out at the Chocolate Shop with his sweet wife Verna. Making fresh homemade Gelato, doling out smiles with every scoop and helping wherever he could, Ray was a core part of the shop. In December 2014, Ray passed but his memory will not be forgotten.    

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Christmas Memories Contest

Congratulations to our randomly drawn Christmas Memories Contest Winners! Janice Patterson, Chilliwack • Heidi Shaw, Ucluelet • Hope Wilson, Edmonton Thank you to everyone who entered, here is a sampling of the Christmas Memories that flooded in… Christmas in my house while growing up was not complete without a box of chocolates. Usually cracked open Christmas Eve after dinner, with a load of family sitting around the woodstove. Eventually the box would get down to the last few chocolates, mystery chocolates, scary and possibly gross chocolates. Then my sister would feed them to the dog, unbeknownst to us that that […]

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