Youngandthrifty Cheap and Good Eats: Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates

It seems to be the trend that I have exhausted all the cheap eats and am focusing on the good eats in Vancouver.  Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates, again, isn’t necessarily cheap (though if you can restrain yourself and buy just one “goodie” to treat yourself instead of a dozen, it can be a cheap treat), but it is certainly very very tasty… and very well known in Vancouver.

They are very popular and the owner, Thomas Haas, has received numerous awards including being named as one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in North America and appearing in Martha Stewart Living magazine.

They are not only a chocolate and pastry shop, you can go there for coffee, hot chocolate (of course), and there’s free people watching (lol).

I tried the macarons (I learned that they’re not called macaroons just recently- they’re different, FIY get with the program) and they of course, tasted very good.  I bought a batch of 6 for $9.95.  Again, it wasn’t the cheapest, but pretty reasonable and average for macarons.

According to Wikipedia, macarons are made with egg whites, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder and filled with a delicious ganache in the middle.  They’re Frenc.  That’s probably why they’re so sophisticated looking.  Honestly I don’t know how people can “savour” these things.  After I took the picture I devoured about four of them in the matter of 10 minutes but I managed to save two for my boyfriend (I am so sweet).

If you want to forgo the $9.95 price tag for half a dozen macarons, you’re welcome to try and make them yourself with this recipe a la Martha Stewart.

I also bought a white chocolate lollipop with a chocolate starfish on the face of the lollipop.  It looked so pretty I almost didn’t want to eat it but ended up doing so anyway because I was starting to get low blood sugar.  The white chocolate was delicious.  So because I devoured it before I got a chance to take a photo of it, I’m apologize for the lack of pictures.

If you’re looking for a nice chocolate experience, or even just want to marvel at the masterpieces that the owner of the chocolate shop creates (he’s very creative and really, his chocolate pieces are almost a work of art), then Thomas Haas is the place to be.  It’s located near Macdonald Street and Broadway, which is close to the Kitsilano beach area (not too close, but still walkable).

This is probably one of the most famous gourmet chocolate places in Vancouver.

Readers, have you ever tried a macaron?  Yay or nay to the taste?


Young is a writer and former owner of Young and Thrifty and the main "twitter' behind Young and Thrifty's twitter account. She lives in Vancouver, BC and enjoys long walks on the beach, spending time with her anxious dog, and finding good deals. If you like what you read, consider signing up for email updates.

8 Responses to Youngandthrifty Cheap and Good Eats: Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates

  1. Never tried macaroons before. Not a big chocolate person myself, but I wouldn’t mind giving these a chance since the price isn’t bad for something “gourmet” :0) They certainly are nice to look at. I bet they taste like rainbows :P

  2. I like macarons but not to the point where they’re my favourite desserts. A lot of the time they just taste sweet instead of tasting like the names of the flavours. I’ve tried making them as well but that was just out of curiosity; they’re too much work for me personally.

    My favourite thing from Thomas Haas is their double baked almond croissants!

  3. I used to always eat macaroons from a little shop in Seattle but just last year they raised their prices and they are just too expensive. I will be going to New York pretty soon, so I will have to stock up while I am there.


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