The Chocolaterie La Cabosse d’Or is a combination chocolate factory and gift shop, chocolate education center, tea room, terrasse and mini-putt course, but is it worth the 40-minute drive from Montreal to visit?
Situated in the shadow of beautiful Mont St. Hilaire, the chocolaterie appears to be a modest modern home set back from the road, and first-time visitors may be forgiven for thinking “that can’t be what I dragged the kids all the way out here to see”. Even upon entering the building, and despite the delicious scent of chocolate that envelopes you, one might still find the initial sight of the gift shop a little disappointing.
Nevertheless, the real treats of the chocolaterie require that you move on through the gift shop. Go one direction and you enter a room where you can watch the chocolate being mixed, melted and molded. Interesting info cards about chocolate cover the walls.
To the left from the gift shop lies the inviting, spacious and comfortable tea room. And through the back of the gift shop you find yourself outside on a gorgeous, well-maintained terrasse nearly overgrown with greenery, (we enjoyed home-made ice-cream here).
That appreciation for natural greenery extends to the expansive mini-putt course. No garish colours and disturbing clown’s heads here – just 18 holes through the lightly forested, peaceful, almost meditational grounds, (one round for a family of 4 is $20)
After your course, and once you’ve picked up some chocolate delights for the trip home, you can stop and grab a late lunch at any of the numerous artisanal sandwich shops or bakeries just down the road in beautiful Otterburn Park.
Yes, the Chocolaterie La Cabosse d’Or is a bit of a schlep from Montreal, but you can easily spend the better part of a day in this worth-a-visit attraction off the beaten path.
Montreal on the Cheap was not compensated and this post was not sponsored in any manner. Cabosse d’Or were not aware of our visit at any time prior to the publication of this article.