MN-1571 Johnston Street, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3R9
Time was you’d have to jump the ferry to Victoria to taste those delicious Rogers’ creams wrapped in that iconic pink and white houndstooth paper.
|Store Type |||Candy, Gifts|
|Payment |||MasterCard, Visa|
|Cross Street |||Bus # 50, 4, 7|
Profile Last Updated: April 07, 2008
Luckily, times have changed. Vancouverites can get their fix at the Rogers’ shop on Granville Island. Opened in 2006, the shop has yet to develop the ambrosial aroma of chocolate that permeates the original, jewel box boutique on Government Street in Victoria. Charles “Candy” Rogers began crafting chocolates in back of his grocery store in 1885 before founding his first shop in 1891. The Granville locale is a modern space that pays homage to its heritage.
A reproduction of a vintage black and white photo of Victoria’s Government Street and a portrait of Rogers hang prominently on one wall. The commodious space is coloured in cream and dark chocolate tones with an impressive wooden beam ceiling. A congenial corner features a fireplace with a pair of comfy armchairs. At the centre of the room, an old-fashioned wooden counter topped by curved glass cases displays a profusion of sweets. Outside, a trio of stone patio tables provide a place to linger over Rogers’ confections.
Rogers’ signature Victoria creams are pleasingly chubby patties robed in bittersweet chocolate. Of the 21 luscious choices, most are fruit flavours like blueberry, lemon cherry, raspberry and orange. Other favourites include chocolate nut, coconut, coffee, maple and vanilla. Bite-sized Victoria creams come in boxed assortments. Squares of almond brittle and English toffee dipped in chocolate also get checked wrappers. Rogers’ covers candied orange peel, candied ginger, espresso beans, cherries, blueberries and almonds in either dark or milk chocolate. Hand-rolled truffles in milk or dark chocolate are flavoured with natural fruits, Canadian ice wine and other liqueurs. Gourmet chocolate bars in dark, milk and white chocolate come in flavours like cherries and pistachios; almonds and raisins; and chipotle pepper. Bakers can add Rogers’ touch to recipes with baking chocolate squares, sweet ground dark chocolate and fondue chocolate. Gift tins of assorted chocolates feature artwork from Canadian artists including Emily Carr and Thom Thomson.