What’s on the menu at Chocolates X Brandon Olsen, a colourful new sweet shop in Brockton Village
Name: Chocolates X Brandon Olsen (pronounced “Chocolates by Brandon Olsen” or CXBO)
Neighbourhood: Brockton Village
Contact Info: 1132 College St., 416-588- CXBO (2926), cxbo.ca, @king_of_ginger
Previously: Brockton Flower Shop
Owners: Brandon Olsen (Bar Isabel, The Black Hoof; Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry and Ad Hoc) and Sarah Keenlyside
Earlier: Ex–Bar Isabel chef Brandon Olsen is opening a chocolate shop in Brockton Village
Small-batch confections, including hand-made chocolate bonbons and pâte de fruits (fruit jellies), with seasonally inspired flavours on rotation. Caramel-filled chocolates, available during this weekend’s grand opening, will come in such flavours as banana, passion fruit-lemongrass and pineapple-Thai basil.
Keenlyside, Olsen’s fiancée, is a filmmaker and artist. She’s responsible for much of the production kitchen and storefront’s clean retro design, explaining that the stunning “Supergraphic” by Odin Cappello (painted by muralist David Carter) was “inspired by artists like Sol Lewitt and Frank Stella from the ’70s … our [chocolate] mould shape is a tiny nod to the architect Buckminster Fuller, who did the biosphere in Montreal for Expo ’67.” The hand-painted, customizable CXBO branded boxes are produced in collaboration with Ryan Crouchman.