NOTE: All food and beverages were complimentary, but all opinions are based on my own personal experience.
Thanks to Jacqueline, I was invited to Wild Sweets for a tasting of their new summer products. I live in Richmond and am always on the lookout for new restaurants, but looks like I’ve missed this one. Tucked away in the commercial offices behind Ironwood mall, Wild Sweets offers a small retail section but focuses on selling to retailers. However, they have recently launched their new summer collection: Prêt-á-Manger, which is only available at this retail location.
Mousse Chocolat Milk
We got to try their whole collection, with each container sold for $4.99. If you purchase 5, you can get 1 free. The first set were mousse based, so they were all very creamy. Each were topped with chocolate pearls. Flavours for the mousse included:
- Mousse Chocolat Milk: milk chocolate mousse & passion fruit creme brulee cream
- Mousse Chocolat Dark: dark chocolate creme brulee cream
- Mousse Chocolat White: white chocolate lemon zest mousse & raspberry fruit creme brulee cream
Mousse Chocolat Dark
Mousse Chocolat White
My favourite was the white chocolate as I love the pairing of white chocolate and raspberry. I liked how it wasn’t too tart or sweet.
Next up, we sampled the tartes which containes housemade cookie, cream, and fruit. These are great if you want more texture as you’ll get some crunchy parts as well. The tartes come in four flavours:
- Tarte Banane: banana custard cream & white chocolate
- Tarte Citron: lemon custard cream & white chocolate chantilly
- Tarte Chocolat: chocolate creme brulee cream & dark chocolate chantilly
- Tarte Framboise: raspberry custard cream & white chocolate chantilly
This was my favourite out of the tarte collection as I loved the fresh lemon flavour without it being overly sour. It was just the right balance.
Pistachio Strawberry Ice Cream
Lastly, we got to sample my favourite items, which were the ice creams! The ice creams come in 3 flavours:
- Pistachio Strawberry Ice Cream: strawberry sorbet, vanilla ice cream & pistachio butter parfait
- Peanut Butter & Banana Ice Cream: banana ice cream, chocolate ice cream & peanut butter parfait
- Hazelnut Passion Fruit Ice Cream: passion apricot sorbet, chocolate ice cream & hazelnut butter parfait
These were all delicious but my favourite had to be the Pistachio Strawberry. The sorbet was so refreshing and I loved the nutty flavour of the pistachio.
Peanut Butter & Banana Ice Cream
Hazelnut Passion Fruit Ice Cream
I think what’s worthy to note is that the goodies at Wild Sweet go through intense research to get to where they are. The owners, Dominique and Cindy Duby, are world-acclaimed chefs, chocolate makers, and designer chocolatiers. They really know what they are doing and have even written cookbooks and won many awards.
They also use a bean to bar approach so all the chocolate is actually made in house from the start of the bean. I find that very amazing as their production facility is quite small and taking this approach can be very costly. Everything is produced in house, except for the chocolate pearls. They really pride themselves in the quality of their products.
Other than the new Prêt-á-Manger collection, you can find chocolates and fruit confits. Their fruit jams are to die for! The intensity of the fruit flavours are so strong and only contain 20% added sugar.
Their selection of chocolates and confections make great gifts for family and friends.
At the end of our tasting, we got to take home some delicious snacks, including some of their chocolate bars, the buttered caramel popcorn, and the dark chocolate bark. Everyone at home really enjoyed these and devoured them in no time!
Overall, I am extremely happy to have discovered Wild Sweets and learned a ton about chocolate from the owners. They are truly passionate about what they do and it is amazing to see how much time into perfecting each product. Currently, the retail store hours are only Saturday 10AM-4PM, but if you order online, you can arrange for pickup by appointment.