Okay so I love chocolate. Can you blame me? It is considered the world’s most favourite taste. The majority of human kind cannot resist a taste of this magical treat. While travelling through Ontario, when I heard about the Chocolate Trail in Stratford, I just had to learn more and check it out. And you know what? I can honestly say it is one of the best things to do in Stratford Ontario.

Stratford Ontario - The home of swans, the Avon river, and the famous Chocolate trail
Stratford Ontario – The home of swans, the Avon river, and the famous Chocolate trail

One of the Best Things to Do in Stratford Ontario…

Yes. The Chocolate Trail really is one of the best things to do in Stratford! A town that is famously known for its festivals, talented productions, and emulation of Shakespeare’s Stratford-Upon-Avon in Great Britain, I was truly surprised to find such a great additional experience, especially if visiting the adorable town off-season. Here is the lowdown on how you can enjoy this sweet and indulgent experience that is more than just truffles and fudge.

Stratford Ontario is home to Canada's beloved swans and is known for these majestic birds in the Avon river.
Stratford Ontario is home to Canada’s beloved swans and is known for these majestic birds in the Avon river.

The Amazing Chocolate Trail Details

So the first thing you need to do when you arrive is head to the Stratford Tourism office in the main drag. Here, they will give you the necessary information and explain the trail and how it works. For the price of $30 per person, you are given six vouchers to redeem from 27 different vendors on the trail. The flyer and map you are provided with your vouchers gives you all the details on the offered chocolate treat or product and where to find the shop or restaurant. Here are the chocolaty treats we enjoyed and highly recommend to anyone heading on the trail.

The Official Chocolate Trail – One of the best things to do in Stratford Ontario

 

The Official Chocolate Trail - One of the best things to do in Stratford Ontario
The Official Chocolate Trail – One of the best things to do in Stratford Ontario

Molly Blooms Irish Pub

So this local pub was such an incredible stop on the chocolate trail. First of all, if you are hungry, be sure to stay and have a meal. The portions are huge and the food is really tasty. I highly recommend the fish tacos if you go! They are out of this world and massive. You really won’t need dinner if you have these for lunch! To wash them down, order the creamy hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and served with a mint chocolate from the local sweet shoppe! This drink is your complimentary chocolate product with the redemption of one of your six chocolate trail vouchers. It was one of the best hot chocolates I have ever had!

Creamy Hot chocolate at Molly Bloom's - the offering on the Stratford Chocolate Trail
Creamy Hot chocolate at Molly Bloom’s – the offering on the Stratford Chocolate Trail

 

Creamy Hot chocolate at Molly Bloom's - the offering on the Stratford Chocolate Trail
Creamy Hot chocolate at Molly Bloom’s – the offering on the Stratford Chocolate Trail

 

Creamy Hot chocolate at Molly Bloom's - the offering on the Stratford Chocolate Trail
Creamy Hot chocolate at Molly Bloom’s – the offering on the Stratford Chocolate Trail

 

The amazing food at Molly Bloom's Irish Pub in Stratford Ontario
The amazing food at Molly Bloom’s Irish Pub in Stratford Ontario

 

The amazing food at Molly Bloom's Irish Pub in Stratford Ontario
The amazing food at Molly Bloom’s Irish Pub in Stratford Ontario

 

The amazing food at Molly Bloom's Irish Pub in Stratford Ontario
The amazing food at Molly Bloom’s Irish Pub in Stratford Ontario

 

The amazing food at Molly Bloom's Irish Pub in Stratford Ontario
The amazing food at Molly Bloom’s Irish Pub in Stratford Ontario

Jen and Larry’s Brittle’n Shakes

I love this little local ice cream shop! Even in the winter months you will be guaranteed a welcoming ice cream treat. On the Chocolate trail, if you decide to stop in at Jen and Larry’s, you will definitely savour the offered mini ice cream sundae for your trail voucher while enjoying the nostalgic music and ambiance of a retro ice cream parlour. What else is quite neat about this shop is that they create and make the gorgeous swan desserts and official cake of the annual swan release event that happens every year in April.

An Adorable Ice cream Shop on the Chocolate Trail in Stratford Ontario
An Adorable Ice cream Shop on the Chocolate Trail in Stratford Ontario

 

An Adorable Ice cream Shop on the Chocolate Trail in Stratford Ontario
An Adorable Ice cream Shop on the Chocolate Trail in Stratford Ontario

Macleods Scottish Shop

If you love anything to do with Scotland, you will love this hint of the Highlands right in the heart of Stratford! Enjoy all the traditional treats including shortbread, British chocolate, and more. If you opt to use one of your Chocolate Trail vouchers here, you will get a lovely box of chocolate shortbread!

The Old Scottish Shop - One of the best things to do in Stratford
The Old Scottish Shop – One of the best things to do in Stratford

Olive Your Favourites

So this stop on the Stratford Chocolate tour is super cool and different. Just think for a moment about chocolate infused balsamic vinegar. This incredible olive oil and vinegar company makes some of the purest products you can purchase on the market. So many of the brands in grocery stores aren’t nearly as pure, making Olive Your Favourites some of the healthiest for your body. If you trade in one of your Chocolate tour vouchers here, you will receive a small bottle of the chocolate balsamic. It is FANTASTIC on salads, melon, and many more dishes. yum!

Olive your Favourite Olive Oil in Stratford Ontario
Olive your Favourite Olive Oil and Vinegars in Stratford Ontario

 

Olive your Favourite Olive Oil in Stratford Ontario
Olive your Favourite Olive Oil in Stratford Ontario

Rheo Thompson Candies

So I have a thing for local sweet shoppes. I adore them. I am sick of the usual Kit Kat, Mars Bar, and Oh Henry. Honestly a truffle made by a local establishment is all the more sweeter, and you are supporting an independent business who probably has a smaller footprint on the environment. Rheo Thompson is Stratford’s local love. They have amazing chocolate products and gifts that even some of the restaurants and stores carry in the area. Use your voucher from the Chocolate Trail here and receive FOUR of their many incredible flavours – creams, nutty, nougat, and many more choices. Their signature flavour are the mint chocolates. These are also served at various restaurants as a garnish to a coffee, hot chocolate, espresso, etc.

Rheo Thompson Candies - Eating local candies is one of the best things to do in Stratford Ontario
Rheo Thompson Candies – Eating local candies is one of the best things to do in Stratford Ontario

 

Rheo Thompson Candies - Eating local candies is one of the best things to do in Stratford Ontario
Rheo Thompson Candies – Eating local candies is one of the best things to do in Stratford Ontario

 

Rheo Thompson Candies - Eating local candies is one of the best things to do in Stratford Ontario
Rheo Thompson Candies – Eating local candies is one of the best things to do in Stratford Ontario

 

Rheo Thompson Candies - Eating local candies is one of the best things to do in Stratford Ontario
Rheo Thompson Candies – Eating local candies is one of the best things to do in Stratford Ontario

Distinctly Tea

I love a loose leaf cuppa tea in the evening while watching the ball game. It is relaxing and soothing! There’s nowhere better than Distinctly Tea in Stratford Ontario to nab some truly delightful tea blends and the accessories needed to master the art of the perfect cup. Grab bags of different flavours, a beautifully designed teapot of various sizes, or even a cozy to keep it from getting dusty. If you opt to cash in one of your chocolate trail vouchers here, you will enjoy some chocolate infused loose leaf tea to take home.

Nabbing some Delightful Loose leaf tea is one of the best things to do in Stratford Ontario
Nabbing some Delightful Loose leaf tea is one of the best things to do in Stratford Ontario

 

Have some tea in Stratford Ontario
Have some tea in Stratford Ontario

 

Have some tea in Stratford Ontario
Have some tea in Stratford Ontario! Chocolate Trail Choices

 

One of the awesome gifts at Distinctly Tea. A pancake warmer!
One of the awesome gifts at Distinctly Tea. A pancake warmer!

Treasures

This is one of the most adorable local gift shops in Stratford Ontario. It features local artisans, interesting souvenirs (a Justin Bieber section exists thanks to the Bieber museum opening up in the town), and a section of Loreena McKennitt CDs. Born in Manitoba, Loreena moved to Stratford and has become a favourite local in town. Many of her songs were recorded in a local church and you can honestly hear it in the songs’ acoustics. If you decide to redeem your Chocolate Trail chit here, you will receive some chocolate honey…whoa.

Treasures - Stratford's Delightful Gift Shop
Treasures – Stratford’s Delightful Gift Shop

 

Loreena McKennitt CD's at Treasures in Stratford
Loreena McKennitt CD’s at Treasures in Stratford

Buzz Stop

Everyone who reads my posts and fondly follows my adventures, must know by now how much of a coffee nerd I am. So with that notion, I had to redeem one of my Chocolate Trail vouchers at Buzz Stop to grab some amazing Chocolate flavoured coffee! This cute little caffeine hut has great coffee trinkets, mugs, and the ultimate ground coffee of various blends, and if needing your fix, a cuppa right then and there.

Buzz Stop Coffee in Stratford Ontario
Buzz Stop Coffee in Stratford Ontario

 

Buzz Stop Coffee in Stratford Ontario
Buzz Stop Coffee in Stratford Ontario

Where to Eat

If you are staying in Stratford for a weekend or longer, you will need to enjoy some grub! I highly recommend Mercer Hall. A fun restaurant offering unique cuisine, Mercer Beer Hall has a huge selection of local beer, wine, and more. Personally, I loved their barbecued flowered Brussels sprouts! They tasted absolutely divine. And, their dumplings were amazing.

Mercer Beer Hall - a local favourite in Stratford Ontario
Mercer Beer Hall – a local favourite in Stratford Ontario

 

Mercer Beer Hall - a local favourite in Stratford Ontario
Mercer Beer Hall – a local favourite in Stratford Ontario

 

Flowered BBQ Brussel Sprouts
Flowered BBQ Brussels Sprouts

 

Delicious handcrafted dumplings
Delicious handcrafted dumplings

 

Delicious handcrafted dumplings
Delicious handcrafted dumplings

Balzac’s

So, I truly loved this coffee shop when I stumbled upon it in the Toronto Distillery District, but the original hails from Stratford! Come in here for a truly delightful barista crafted beverage. You never know, you may see Loreena in here in the morning! She goes to Balzac’s daily for her morning caffeine fix.

Balzac's Coffee in Stratford Ontario
Balzac’s Coffee in Stratford Ontario

 

Balzac's Coffee in Stratford Ontario
Balzac’s Coffee in Stratford Ontario

Swans Winter Home

If you head here in the winter, you will enjoy the city off-season. While visiting, one of the best things to do in Stratford Ontario is visit the swans in their winter home. Just like in England’s Stratford, swans grace the Avon river here in Ontario. But in the winter, it is better for their health and well-being to be kept in a warmer environment. The swans live in a heated area with an outdoor doorway for them to go outside when they want. There is a volunteer swan nanny if you will, who feeds them and takes care of them in the winter months. Be sure to pay them a visit while there! They are totally accessible and love seeing people as they swim and play in the snow.

Stratford's Swans' winter home
Stratford’s Swans’ winter home

 

Stratford's Swans' winter home
Stratford’s Swans’ winter home

 

Stratford's Swans' winter home
Stratford’s Swans’ winter home

So there you have the highlights of this delightful Ontario town that truly feels like a piece of England in North America. There are many other stops on the Chocolate Trail that offer delightful treats and products, affirming once again that it is one of the best things to do in Stratford Ontario. If you are into live theatre, come to Stratford for the yearly festival and fit in the Chocolate Trail, Balzac’s and seeing the swans in the river. If live theatre doesn’t really matter, coming in the off-season months will give you a different perspective, fewer crowds, and a truly memorable experience.

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The Chocolate Trail is one of the best things to do in Stratford Ontario

 

Stratford Ontario is such a charming town in Ontario! Emulating Shakespeare's home in the UK, this little spot has so much to offer including the amazing and delicious Chocolate Trail. Our post gives you the delicious details #Stratford #Ontariotravel #canadatravel #chocolate #travel tips #travelfood #canadatravel
The Best things to do in Stratford Ontario

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