Zimt offers raw vegan chocolate making classes in North Vancouver

Emma Smith

Emma Smith knows how to make a chocolate bar. (Stephen Hui)

We originally encountered Zimt Artisan Chocolates at the first Veg Fest Vancouver in June 2011. Since then, this local brand of raw vegan chocolate has been popping up everywhere.

Zimt chocolate bars—which are certified organic, fair trade, nut-free, and gluten-free—are available at a dozen retailers across Metro Vancouver, including Indigo Food Café (2589 West 16th Avenue) in Kitsilano, Karmavore Vegan Shop (610 Columbia Street) in New Westminster, and Whole Foods Market locations in Vancouver and West Vancouver. They’re also sold at stores in Victoria, Nanaimo, Whitehorse, and Toronto.

Zimt Artisan Chocolates

Zimt Artisan Chocolates at the second annual Veg Fest Vancouver in August. (Stephen Hui)

Let’s say chomping on Zimt’s toothsome Salt of the Earth and Peppermint Nib’d bars is no longer enough for you. You’re thinking about making your own raw vegan chocolate. Well, Zimt owner Emma Smith has got just the thing for you.

This fall, the self-taught chocolatier plans to teach five raw-chocolate-making classes. The Thursday evening sessions will each include a drink of cacao nib tea, some information on raw cacao and the history of chocolate, Zimt chocolate taste testing, and—the best part—making your own chocolate bar.

Classes are scheduled for November 8, 15, 22, and 29, and December 6, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at 264 East 1st Street in North Vancouver. The cost is $30 per person, and you can sign up through the Zimt website.