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.
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 was a bad thing, and he lived plenty more years. Good times. Merry Christmas! – Roberta B.
My favorite memory is spending the day with my girl friend making our own chocolates filled with liquor. We drank while we made them and were quite tipsy by dinner. So much fun and lots of laughter. – Gayle C.
When my brother and I were kids, we used to leave out cookies and milk for Santa, along with notes of what we wanted, and a letter saying hello. Santa used to write back to us, although it was generally Rudolph who did, because Santa was busy putting all our presents out. One year, after the usual, I noticed Santa didn’t eat his cookies- so I went to read the letter. Lo and behold, he wrote us back personally, saying “Santa has to eat so many cookies and drink so much milk, next time he’d really like some chocolate and beer.” We were flabbergasted. But, next year, Santa got his chocolate (peanut butter cups, his favorite, coincidentally enough, my father’s favorite) and beer. It had vanished by morning. I’m pretty sure I heard a burp of appreciation that night. – Stephanie S.
My Mom, who was born in Austria, would ask her friend who still lived there to send some of the old school European foil wrapped chocolates that they used to hang on the Christmas trees. Now these chocolates had the string, which was attached with wax, that you hung on to the tree. Within a few weeks the wax would dry out enough that the weight of the covered chocolate would cause it to fall. When we were small my Mom told us that when the chocolates would fall from the tree, the chocolate was ready to eat. So after the tree went up and was decorated, every morning after that my brother, sister and I would get out of bed to see if any chocolates had fallen and were ready for us to eat. Ah, when you’re young and impressionable… – Walt G.
My favorite memory is that of eating all of my brother’s chocolate that he received in his stocking. When he went to my parents very upset I explained to them all that 5 days had passed with the chocolate uneaten so he obviously didn’t like chocolate as much as I did – therefore I was more grateful and deserving. Nice sister! Ha! – Jen T.
The boxes of liqueur-filled chocolates clients used to give my Dad! We all remember those. – Sharleen K.
Each Christmas my stepfather would buy each of us a box of chocolates!
When he passed away, my mom carried on his tradition and it continues… What a sweet way to keep his memory. – Tracy T.
When I was younger my family usually spent Christmas with my Mom’s sister and her family. My aunt loved Christmas and she loved giving. She never filled a small stocking for us but always used pantyhose! They would be filled with small gifts and oranges, but mostly CHOCOLATE. What a joy! – Glenda D.
Was given so many chocolates one year for Christmas that I was able to eat them until June. I was able to remember Christmas for 6 months! – Trina M.
Just last year my mom had a new wonderful Christmas idea. She hid our favorite chocolate bars with a $20.00 bill slid in between the chocolate and the wrapper. But, you could only take the chocolate that had your initials on it. The whole family enjoyed the new hunt and it quickly turned into my brothers finding any candy bar and then re-hiding them. After a while everyone besides my little brother Luke had found their chocolate. We all decided to pitch in and help him look for his, but it was no where to be found in our big house.
A year went by and Luke had forgotten about his defeat. The other day I helped my mom pull out the Christmas decorations and the first box that came out of the closet fell and out came Luke’s chocolate bar from one of my mom’s snowman. A few hours later Luke came home from school to find a chocolate bar and $20 on the dining room table. He asked my mom and I why a random chocolate bar and money was on the table, not realizing that it was his. A few minutes later he began to laugh and ripped open the bar. With a huge smile on his face he said, “I finally found my chocolate.” One year later Luke finally got to enjoy his huge chocolate bar! – Stacy Y.
Jingle on over to our online store for all your Holiday cravings and gift-giving needs! Place your online pre-order before Midnight on December 5th, and we will throw in a free special Christmas treat for you! It might be Candy Cane Bark, it might be a Jolly Chocolate Santa, it might be a festive Surprise Santa! There is no minimum order amount to qualify and bonus items will be valued between $5 and $30. Don’t worry, we’re erring on the side of generosity with this one. (You can specify a Christmas delivery date in your online order so that you can enjoy fresh Chocolate at its absolute prime.)
If you are lucky enough to be in Tofino over the weekend of December 5, be sure to Jingle Into Christmas at Chocolate Tofino! We will be open until 10pm Friday evening, serving Complimentary Hot Chocolate Elixir, and offering delicious chocolate treats for pre-ordering! Other surprises await In-store on both Friday and Saturday so come by and do a little early shopping.
Chocolate has long been associated with Christmas, starting with Saint Nicholas distributing coins to children at Christmas (which later became chocolate coins), and the delicious anticipation of the Advent Calendar!
With our delicious Christmas treats, like Candy Cane Bark, Santas filled with chocolates, and delicious Yule Logs filled with fresh handmade chocolates, Chocolate Tofino loves being a part of your chocolate memories!
This Christmas, we are assembling delicious Christmas Chocolate Boxes for 3 lucky Chocolate Tofino fans! To enter, all you have to do is:
• Send us an e-mail (email@example.com) with your name, phone number, mailing address, and your favorite Christmas memory of Christmas chocolates.
• Contest period starts November 27th, and ends December 7th, 2014.
We will randomly draw 3 winners on December 8, 2014! As with all of our contests, your odds are great!
*We can only accept entries from Canada and the US at this time.*
Halloween 2014 Pre-orders
This year Chocolate Tofino is offering a limited number of fun Halloween Pumpkin Chocolates on a stick. Help teach the neighbor’s kids what good Halloween chocolate tastes like or bring in a treat for your friends at work.
They’re not your everyday Halloween treat, we’re using our premium blends of Belgian Milk and Dark Chocolate. There are a limited amount of the Halloween Pumpkins available, so get your name on the list early!
Chocolate Tofino Halloween Pumpkins
$1.95 each or Bags of 10 for $15
Limited Quantities available, call (250) 725-2526 today!
Plus, bring your little ghouls into Chocolate Tofino on Halloween and receive a Halloween Pumpkin Chocolate FREE. Everyone who gets one must be in costume and under the age of majority. We’re open until 6 pm.
After-Surf Hot Chocolate Elixir – 2 for $7
Warm up with your buddy after a cold autumn surf. After having it handed to you at Cox Bay, Chocolate Elixir soothes your soul and coats your insides with Chocolate. Wetsuits welcome.
Chocolate Tofino Surfboards to Support the Surfrider Foundation
We’ve got a Surfshack full of little Chocolate Tofino Surfboards.
This October, we’re donating a dollar from each surfboard sold to the Surfrider Foundation. Available in Milk, Dark and White Chocolate.
Order them online if you’re not able to make it in.
Visit Tourism Tofino for a full list of Surf Month Specials
A little bit of that Hot Rod Rumble… A little bit of that Ice Cream Jingle.
Introducing the Chocolate Tofino Hot Rod.
It’s a 1961 Ford Econoline Van Pickup that has spent a good amount of time between Vancouver and the Island. We’re not entirely sure of it’s origin, but 53 years is enough time to have seen some things. From now on it’s making memories in Tofino delivering Chocolate and Homemade Gelato.
You’ll see it on Saturday Market Days downtown Tofino, assisting the Vintage Gelato Cart to the Village Green.
For those out there that know vehicles, it’s got a 302 V8, 3 Speed Automatic from a 1973 Ford Maverick. Flat Black Paint, hand painted Pin-striping, Cragar Mags and glass-packed Thrush Mufflers.
“Every Chocolate Shop needs a Hot Rod.” – Cam
We’ve recently had some special Chocolate Tofino Stainless Steel Gelato Pints made up! They hold 16oz of our fresh homemade Gelato and keep it cool and ready to share during your adventure. Climb a mountain or enjoy a sunset boat ride and keep a nice Pint of Gelato waiting for you in your bag.
The Picnic Pints are a Stainless Steel double-walled container with a bowl on top for sharing. When we personally tested these, we got almost 5 hours out of it.
• Comes full of your favorite flavor of our Homemade Gelato (or a Giftcard for later)
• Keeps your Gelato cold for over 4 Hours
• Future Picnic Pint refills cost $1.00 less than regular Pints
Pick one up before you hit the trails or grab one as a gift.
Available In-store or Online
Chocolate Tofino is pleased to be honored with a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2014.
Chocolate Tofino visitors have been keen to share their experiences with the TripAdvisor travel community. For the third year in a row, Trip Advisor has presented us with a Certificate of Excellence.
We feel that people can sense the love and hard work that goes into crafting fresh handmade Chocolate and Gelato from scratch. We have such a great team and are pleased to see them honored in this way.
Please share your love and excitement for Chocolate Tofino with the TripAdvisor community.
For the month of May, buy a Chocolate Tofino Bear filled with tiny Chocolate Fish and one dollar from your purchase will support Bear Conservation in BC. Great as a gift or a token of appreciation. Available in Milk or Dark Chocolate.