to customer praises... THE MEDIA HAS HAD A LOT TO SAY ABOUT US
...SOME "MORE" NOTEWORTHY REVIEWS:
Beautiful Chocolates for Toronto's Beautiful People
December 2, 2012
Ingrid Läderach Steven opened her Swiss-Master Chocolatier shop some 27 years ago and built it on her love for her "Switzerland." The shop is on Bayview just north of TheBridlePath/PostRd. Some 14 years ago she also opened a shop in Hong Kong in partnership with an owner of a private family bank ..that gave her more than a billion dollars backing. The plan was also to start tackling the Chinese market. The business went fantastic until SARS slowly became a killer and she was forced to close down ..although about a year later the HK economy began to boom again. "But!" Ingrid said "that's how things sometimes go, beyond our control!"
From day one her theme was "Beautiful Chocolates for Beautiful People" ..with "beauty" defined by what's inside people's hearts. She also knew well that while everyday-sales pay for the bills, it is the big-volume-sales that will make a business successful ..and she achieved this by supplying lots of parties in her area and big corporations ..where CEO's saw her chocolate-excellence as a reflection of their own excellence. And with her "Beautiful" theme she attracted unbelievable attention also from celebrities, and lots of visiting athletes, singers, Hollywood people, President Bill Clinton, our Prime Minister ..even the Pope when he came to town ..anddd also when Playboy Club came to put on a big party here and asked for customized PLAYBOY truffle for the event. And for sure her store became Santa's favourite place to shop.
Ingrid also knew from day one that her biggest competition would come from "sweetened-cheap-fats with tiny bit of REAL chocolate" ..mostly hydrogenated-fats that medical people love to call "diarrhea heartstoppers"! But Ingrid is proud of the fact that her clientele did know the healthy-choice difference, as they were some of Canada's most intelligent, most influential and wealthiest.
Ingrid above all "loves people" and on her 25th store anniversary she had a huge party in front of the store, with a tent and a 20-piece Swiss "Canadysli" band playing through the event. And there was lots of prizes, a clown, a Swiss Bernard dog, and lots of media coverage, including a lengthy coverage by "Rogers TV" that was repeated for almost a month. And she still continues to get lots of news-clip coverage these days, with some four TV "feature" appearances just now recently (some 7 to 9 minutes each), with one also on Swiss Cash TV News (in Switzerland) not long ago ..and she attributes this to her wonderful customers spreading-the-word and her Swiss-chocolate excellence. And just weeks ago she went to Switzerland to present a "50th corporate anniversary-congratulations from our PM Steven Harper" to her uncle at his new "Läderach Chocolatier" plant ..with lots of media coverage there, including just-out-now a write up with a picture of her in the famous Sweets Global Network international magazine.
And yes the recent economic downward disasters have had a big affect on her business, she says, just like with all other businesses. But business is slowly bouncing back thankfully to fact Canada survived the crash better than others around the world, Ingrid says. And just last year she was even chosen as "Canada's Poster Child" for small business pensions ..that gave her more unbelievable media coverage across Canada and even in the EU, and around the world as PM Stephen Harper started to then talk about his new pension plan on his visits.
Ingrid's journey in life started in Switzerland and then she went on to Denver to study opera under Dr. Antonia Brico ..a famous conductor, whom even Judy Collins made an "Oscar nominated movie" about. Her opera performances took her through the U.S. but got interrupted by a throat virus and a coma, that stopped her career. Not long after that she came visiting Toronto and ended up getting married (to Tom) After numerous serious pregnancy problems she was blessed with two beautiful daughters and then four grandchildren. She discussed her life on two Biography TV episodes and several magazine articles ..and even Opera wanted to talk with her about-her-pregnancy-journeys on TV, as "an inspiration to others struggling to become mothers" ..but a health problem put a halt to that.
Looking back on life Ingrid summarizes her "survival" with these words: Our "haves" are few and they are easily met! ..and we are "happy, as it is what you do with what you've got" that counts! ..with reality also that it is one's health and family that plays the most important roles in life!"
Ted Menzies, federal Secretary of State for Finance, speaks with Ingrid Laederach Steven in the Swiss-Master Chocolatier. …here are a few selections from many newspapers across Canada as well as TV stations.
July 18, 2011
..."I wish there was something like this 26 years ago," said Swiss chocolate retailer Ingrid Laederach-Steven when a reporter quickly outlined the general concept before Menzies's mid-day address. Menzies told Laederach-Steven and a small clutch of onlookers that the "sweet" idea with an ungainly name-pooled registered pension plans-is a top priority for governments across the country.
by Keith Beaty
Provinces set to endorse pooled pension plans Legislation would allow privately administered programs with options
Financial Post; Postmedia News
July 19, 2011
...Speaking Monday at Swiss-Master Chocolatier in Toronto, Menzies said PRPPs will for "the very first time" provide access to employer pensions for the 60 per cent of workers in small and medium businesses that currently have no such plan. ..."It's going to be a very welcome thing because there are so many different small businesses: retailers, restaurants, farmers and so on. I only wish this had been done 25 years ago, because that's how long we've been here."
by Jonathan Chevreau
Compelling advantages of PRPPs: Menzie
July 19, 2011
Minister of State (Finance) Ted Menzies tours a chocolate shop after announcing a federal pooled pension program for small business.
When it comes to small businesses, it doesn't get much smaller than a tiny chocolate shop in a suburban strip mall. Swiss-Master Chocolatier, located at the corner of Toronto's Bayview and York Mills Yet the shop was chosen as the poster child for Ottawa's new Pooled Registered Pension Plans or PRPPs. On a sweltering mid-July Monday, federal and local politicians put the spotlight on the shop's proprietor, Ingrid Laederach Steven, whose great uncle started the business in the 1930s.
Ms. Steven had "no idea" why Minister of State (Finance) Ted Menzies singled her out. "When they called I thought it was an audit." At the end, when the cabinet minister bought a bag of chocolates, she drew laughs when she charged HST and declared it was "for the government."
Ms. Steven wishes PRPPs had been around 25 years ago, when she took over the business. Asked if she would offer this new pension plan to her employees, she said "If I feel it's something that would benefit them, then absolutely. It's going to be a very welcome thing."
She couldn't resist pointing out "it's a sweet story." ...As Menzies made his chocolate purchase, I asked him about the costs of PRPPs. "The administrative cost to set it up will be very low because it will be provided by a plan provider." Indicating Ms. Steven, he said "Ingrid as an employer will simply have the same process as deducting for the Canada Pension Plan. It has to remain simple for employers to adopt it."
ALSO ON CBC TV WEBSITE
by Jonathan Chevreau
July 18, 2011
TORONTO — All the provinces are on board with the idea of providing small and medium businesses with Pooled Registered Pension Plans and of moving forward with enabling legislation as soon as possible, Minister of State (Finance) Ted Menzies said Monday.
...The venue for the announcement in Toronto — a Swiss-Master Chocolatier — is an example of how pensions could be set up for the tiniest of businesses.
Speech by the Honourable Ted Menzies, Minister of State (Finance), Delivered at Swiss Master Chocolatier
by Jonathan Chevreau
Eager to promote his government's private pension scheme, Ted Menzies, minister of state for finance, headed to Toronto this week. His first stop was Swiss Master Chocolatier, an upscale boutique...
It is Menzies's job to convince Canadians it is a "sweet" idea.
by Carol Goar
680 AM Radio
Easter Sunday is just around the corner and that means kids and adults are loking forward to the chocolate egg. 680's Eva Fragiskatos has some tips from an expert Chocolatier... on how parents can make their own Easter treats at home...
As you’d expect from the Swiss, the quality at this 22 year old outlet is extremely high, with tantalizing array of fresh cream truffles from the best of the country’s chocolatier... In the warmer months the store’s live-culture frozen yogurt is a soothing treat...
Post Magazine, Valentine’s Day Love-In
As you’d expect from the Swiss, the quality at this 22 year old outlet is extremely high, with tantalizing array of fresh cream truffles from the best of the country’s chocolatier. — In the warmer months the store’s live-culture frozen yogurt is a soothing treat...
CBC 99.1 FM
Matt Galloway radio show
February 11, 2008
.. great shop for truffles is Swiss-Master Chocolatier — when you have a good truffle you think you died and went to heaven!
ROSE’S PICKS: VISIONS OF TRUFFLES WILL DANCE IN YOUR HEAD
THERE IS ONLY one place in Toronto to get the most decadent, delicious and sensual truffles. Swiss-Master Chocolatier... has the only chocolates worthy splurging on. Inexpensive products that hide tropical oils, hydrogenated fats, excess sugar and unnecessary calories are no match for these chocolates made with only the finest ingredients — Ingrid Läderach Steven has become one of the most influential chocolate forces — dare I say — in Canada. Number one on my list are the "fresh cream" truffles similar to shops in Switzerland. Her truffles are flown in regularly from Switzerland and she ships them all over world. A great Valentine’s Day gift for everyone! — Rose Reisman
York Mills mall a gourmet shopping experience
Baview-Mills Town Crier
I’ve whizzed by the York Mills Shopping Centere before but haven’t had the chance to explore it until an early afternoon, when Ingrid Läederach Steven, owner of Swiss-Master Chocolatier invited me to her tiny shop... wow! ..Watching the well-dressed ladies glide from store to store .. I can tell this is a high-end mall catering to the Bridlepath residents... Ingrid is known not only for the chocolates — brut also for her generosity of spirit... the Late Harvest Champagne truffles are dreamy beyond belief... Kelly Gadzala
Chocolate Shop Defines Toronto in a "Beautiful People Way"
Just north of The Bridle Path is a boutique that has become famous in Toronto .. deliveries include to the Queen Mother, the Pope, our Prime Minister, President of the United States, and lots of Hollywood celebrities and sports celebrities, even to the Space Shuttle Discovery for a preflight dinner...
Human Rights Watch newsletter
We are also grateful to Ingrid Steven of Swiss-Master Chocolatier for donating Swiss chocolate gold bars for all our guests this evening.
OPMA 2007 Gala newsletter
In support of Heart & Stroke and Canadian Cancer Society
What treat could be more fitting for our VIP guests than the finest chocolates. Ingrid has been making people feel beautiful ever since she opened her shop in the upscale TheBridlePath are ..one taste of these chocolate masterpieces and you’ll know why... she has shipped her truffles to the Queen Mother, the Pope, Canadian Prime Minister, the US President and Hollywood starlets...
Front page: displayed during 3 months of summer
(one of most popular websites in Switzerland)
Small profile of Ingrid Läderach Steven with comments on Switzerland: One of the top addresses is owned by Ingrid Läderach-Steven, a woman from central
Switzerland who has become somewhat of a Toronto institution. She sells "beautiful chocolates for beautiful people" from her shop, Swiss Master Chocolatier, in the upscale Bridle Path neighbourhood ..
The Canadian media have published and broadcast numerous reports about the shop, often asking Läderach-Steven for sweet tips at Easter and Christmas .. But even though she has become a minor
Canadian celebrity, the woman ...remains Swiss at heart .. She moves in Toronto's Swiss circles, sponsoring events organised by the local Swiss club as well as taking part in their activities. However,
she draws the line when it comes to exercising her right to vote in Switzerland .. "I love my homeland and as much as I am interested in what goes on there, I don't feel it is fair for me - after having
been away for over 30 years - to contribute to what is happening in the country," Läderach-Steven says ..Her train of thought is interrupted time and again by people entering the tiny shop. She aims
her seductive smile at the customers, gives advice, lovingly gift wraps small boxes of chocolate and concludes each sale as one would a friendship. It's her secret to success .. "There are some things I
feel we should not have the right to anymore once we leave the country, [especially] when it comes to domestic issues," she adds. .. by Dale Bechtel
The Biography Channel - To be broadcast thoughout July
Another new episode coming out in July ... that will include personal life profile of Ingrid Läderach Steven
Changing Lives ......Entrepreneurs ..some of most successful in Canada
The Biography Channel
Broadcast thoughout June. A ten minute interview, life profile on Ingrid, about how she came to the U.S. to study voice, and how she ended up in Toronto, got married, had children, started a chocolate shop that is the best in Canada ..and her philosophy of running the shop and what made her such a great success ..and about "Beautiful Chocolates for Beautiful People" theme, etc.
Swiss-Master Chocolatier promotion
CLICK HERE to hear promotion
Mom’s the Word
May 14, 2007
Writer Rebecca Eckler presented her new book .. best-looking group of people I’ve ever seen at a book launch ..included Canadian-Idol judge -- and celebrity favourite Ingrid Läderach Steven
Chocolate Shop Defines Toronto in a "Beautiful People" Way
Just north of "The Bridle Path and Post Road" is a tiny boutique offering one of the nicest shopping experiences in Toronto. It prides itself on the words "Beautiful Chocolates for Beautiful People." Owner Ingrid Läderach Steven, though, explains her definition of Beautiful People is far deeper than outside beauty, and that she sees her shop as a place of comfort for those who have worked hard, succeeded, and now want to enjoy one of the niceties life has to offer. ..Ingrid also takes pride that her chocolates have become part of a "magical moment" and "healing process" for many, bringing emotional satisfaction — as well as playing an important part in courtships, and endless parties and celebrations .. Proof of success over 21 years includes deliveries to the Queen Mother, the Pope, our Prime Minster, the President of the United States, many Hollywood and world celebrities, sportspeople, and politicians -- even to the Space Shuttle Discovery for a preflight dinner .. And all this celebrity clientele has done much to continue define the shop in a "Beautiful People" way .. Ingrid says she gets lots of invites to celebrity-functions by way of customers, even three invitations to the Academy Awards ceremonies that included meeting stars backstage before the show, and at the famous Governor’s Ball after the show... Ingrid is proud that her fresh cream truffles and pralines are the very same as in the best chocolate shops in Switzerland, which is not easy given that the product is extremely perishable. The chocolates are not "made special for export" she emphasizes, as is the case with many imports. Plus she prides in telling her customers that, "for a price of locally-made chocolate you can buy at her shop some of the very best the world has to offer!" ..Ingrid has several suppliers in Switzerland, but most of the chocolates come from the family-owned Läderach Chocolatier, that supplies much of Switzerland and some of the best shops around the world. Founder, Rud Läderach, invented the "truffle shell" that revolutionized truffle-making, taking it out of an expensive, very labour intensive process. She points out, though, that most of her truffles and pralines are still hand-finished individually... When you walk into Swiss-Master you feel as if you are in Switzerland. And the impression one gets is that it is a lot more than just a "chocolate business" as it provides emotional uplift and sensual escape. It is decorated in old-continental style that "romanticizes" the products and services. And yes, it does take straight aim at a rich-and-famous-and-fussy clientele, with quiet emphasis on excellence at every turn. Ingrid believes strongly that, "to be good is not enough, if one aspires to be great!" No doubt this is what separates her from competition .. "What keeps sales busy much of the year is the endless parties and gift-giving" .. But she adds that the very busy times start in November when corporations begin ordering. Then the rush does not stop until after Easter. What adds another dimension is the sizable wealthy Jewish, Chinese, Russian, and Muslim clientele who have their own celebrations... The shop carries some 65 different "fresh cream" truffles and pralines flown in from Switzerland. At times the shop is so busy that lines form outside, "all the way around the corner occasionally," Ingrid laughs. You’ll sometimes even find famous celebrities waiting patiently in line, happily chatting with others. What also adds to the shopping experience is .. especially during the Toronto Film Festival, or when celebrities are in town or when there’s a big sports event. Singer Prince was a regular at the shop when he lived in Toronto. "He was an exceptionally gentle, warm person," Ingrid says. "At first he would come with his body guard, but then felt comfortable enough to come alone" .. Ingrid also explains her shop is a pleasure for her that’s more than a business, and that over the years she’s watched kids grow up in her store, and gone to their birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, weddings, even funerals. As she puts it, "I’ve helped many celebrate their joys of life and shared in their sadness of life" .. From 1998 to 2003 Ingrid also had a successful Swiss-Master Chocolatier boutique in the heart of the financial district in Hong Kong, with visions of expanding into China. But as the economy there took a dip, followed by SARS, she and her partners closed it down .. One can’t help but notice she’s also a "hugging" person, and people continually come for a hug and words of encouragement, without need to buy. It is things like this that define her as the nice person she is, and that define the store and clientele in a "Beautiful People" way. This alluring warmth has made Ingrid the most popular chocolatier in town, and continues to bless Swiss-Master with endless media attention, including recent TV coverage in Europe. Even when the shop had a robbery, CTV-News sent a crew to report on the event live. And just recently celebrity cookbook writer, Rose Reisman, chose to have her magazine front-cover picture taken at Swiss-Master .. Ingrid explains her need to connect in beautiful ways with people comes from her heart, by way of how her parents ran their tourist shops in the Swiss Alps and San Remo, Italy .. She also explains that she likes to think of her shop as a fairytale boutique that sells "love and happiness" by way of what scientists tell us is a healthy-choice product, unlike many other "chocolates made with hydrogenated fats and a little bit of real chocolate" — what the industry calls "heart stoppers" and even "diarrhea chocolate." It’s this "healthy-choice customer trust" in her chocolates that’s become very important to her success. Astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar said the chocolate she brought along for the night-before-flight dinner were not even tested, as the name "Swiss-Master Chocolatier" gave automatic trust .. One thing people look forward to is the shop’s pick for its own "Beautiful People of the Year" choice on its website, which gets almost a million "hits" a year. What’s especially heartwarming is the poem that comes with this theme, that reflect the outlook-on-life Ingrid seems to have, and it reads... In 1999 Ingrid received a "Retailer of the Year" award in a black-tie event before some 600 guests. In her speech she had many women in tears as she thanked her "Swiss Master," her husband .. The store celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2005, and there was a big party with tents and lots of samples and prizes, including a trip to Bermuda and a TagHeuer watch, and lots of people came to share in Ingrid’s celebration .. Ingrid looks to her husband, Tom, for support in the business. They are parents of daughters Jaclyn and Jasmin, and grandchildren Chloe and Connor. The daughters both worked many years at the store from the time they could stretch their necks around the showcase, and this is what has made it a family business. By: Suzanne Sharma
Treasures of Ontario (hard-cover book)
Health studies show chocolate can bring on feelings similar to those when falling in love, especially sending females into emotional ecstasy. The very best chocolates can enhance that sensation .. like chocolate at Swiss-Master Chocolatier, located just up the street from Toronto’s ritzy The Bridle Path /Post Road area. Owner ...has the chocolates flown in... These fresh cream truffles and pralines burst in the mouth with exotic tastes and they are the very same as sold in the best boutiques in Switzerland and are not made special for export .. and they have a short shelf life... The shop operates in the Old-Continental tradition of personalize service and the staff is warm and friendly with special patience for indecisive shoppers. The store’s slogan is "Beautiful Chocolates for Beautiful People" and refers to more than the "inherent beauty in chocolate-lovers or clientele" that includes many of the wealthiest, most famous and fashionable people in Toronto and throughout North America. Every year the boutique draws special attention to its "Beautiful People of the Year," people whose beauty comes not from fashion but from humanitarian or life-saving work they perform. Normally the store has a leisurely pace, but holidays are hectic... the line to buy can extend down the block... BOOK by Morgan Chase Publishing Inc.
Star Gazing ..complete guide to spotting celebs
...We attract celebrities when the film festival is on, when a show or performer is in town or when they are making a movie …. Prince used to drive up in a limo with his bodyguard, but now feels comfortable enough to drive up by himself or with his wife. Ingrid stresses she does not get ga-ga when someone important drops in ..and waits for them to start up a conversation. She described Jon Voigt as an exceptionally interesting and friendly person who picked up chocolates for the entire crew when he wrapped his last film. …by Stephanie Earp + Gred David
In The Spotlight
Swiss-Master Chocolatier: A chocolate lover's dream. This award-winning chocolate boutique just celebrated its 20th anniversary and is famous throughout Toronto for its exquisite chocolate and scrumptious truffles. The shop's slogan "Beautiful Chocolates for Beautiful People" reflects its friendly staff and attention to details.
Happiness with Quality
(translation) It has been 20 years that Swiss-Master was created at the corner of .. and for it not to be there is unthinkable. The owner .. has every reason to be happy in that on November 5th longstanding customers as well as "nosy" customers gathered to celebrate the anniversary. There were lots of beautiful prizes to be won … games for children, and most of all lots of sinful chocolates for tasting. These luscious delicacies –fresh cream truffles and pralines –are the same you can buy in the finest boutiques in Switzerland in that they come directly from .. the Läderach confiserie in Glarus in the Swiss alps .. by: Eva Wazda.
Still sweet after 20 years
About 20 years ago Ingrid Läderach-Steven decided to bring a little bit of Switzerland .. “If you have good quality, it will outweigh quantity ..she said her success is directly linked to what she feels is the most important aspect of running a small business – honesty.
As you’d expect from the Swiss, the quality at this 20-year-old outfit is extremely high ..from the best of that country’s chocolatiers.
There are more than 60 truffles ..the dark chocolate truffle is rich and full flavoured, but not bitter or over-sweet. Full-sized chocolate Oscars are popular
choice year-round; whimsical bunnies sell well at Easter. In the heat of summer the store’s live-culture frozen yogurt is a treat.
Swiss-Master Chocolatier celebrating 20 years of sweet success
Bayview Post Magazine
As the chocoholic’s best friend, owner Ingrid Steven Läderach (with Janine Mohebat and Kathy Hamilton) are extending an invitation to their customers to help celebrate the anniversary …
“ALL-TIME FAVES!” The people, places and things that have ‘consistently’ made our Best of Bayview List
Bayview Post Magazine
TRUFFLES IN T.O. Our choice for the past 14 years. Their truffles are
displayed in a case like jewelry. Try their chocolate party pizza: it’s
full of fruit and nuts, and topped off with their signature truffles.
And it comes in a pizza box, of course.
Global Wellness Report . . inside Swiss-Master Chocolatier boutique
Global TV News
January 12, 2005
gift of chocolate on Valentine’s Day may give your sweetheart a
happy and healthy heart. Research shows chocolate contains antioxidants
that prevent cholesterol from sticking to artery walls. Chocolate also
contains flavanoids, the same compounds that give wine and tea their disease-preventing
benefits. The darker the chocolate the more antioxidants and favanoids
. . .by Dr. Ariel Dalfen
Toronto’s Swiss-Master Chocolatier
In Magazine, Montreal
up the street from Toronto’s ritzy “The Bridle Path / Post
Road” area is a tiny boutique where Toronto’s “beautiful
people” have come to shop for chocolate for some 19 years. Owner
Ingrid Läderach Steven tells me what keeps her open much of the year
is the endless parties and gift giving. But the “really busy”
times, she says, start in November when corporations come to put in huge
orders. Then the rush does not stop until after Easter. What adds another
dimension is the sizable Jewish, Chinese, Russian, and Muslim clientele
who have all their own holidays and celebrations to also shop for. Ingrid
carries some 65 different “fresh cream” truffles and pralines
that are among the very best the world has to offer. She flies them in
from Switzerland . . At times it is so busy that lines form. For Valentine’s
it can be up to 30 feet outside. Often you’ll find famous celebrities
waiting patiently in line, happily chatting with others . . What really
impressed me was how Ingrid even supplied for the space shuttle SST-42
DISCOVERY “night-before shuttle flight” dinner. What also
adds to the shopping experience is the many Mercedes, BMWs and Hummers
in the parking lot . . .and at times stretched limos with celebrities
from the Canadian Film Institute down the street .. by Simone Cloutier
(French and English)
‘Twas the day before Christmas
December 24, 2004
... You’re a fool if you haven’t considered: Box of chocolate.
Just go a little bit more toward the high end . . Swiss-Master . . .by
The French Side of Toronto
chocolates are imported directly from the Swiss Alps . . One of the signature
pieces . . available only during the summer months . . these delicate
“white chocolate and fruit truffles” come in orange, strawberry,
lime, lemon, and passion fruits . .and simply must be tasted to be believed.
. . Be sure to try the rum and raisin, the Grand Marnier. . crème
fraise and liqueur. Swiss-Master makes gift-giving simple. Those who traditionally
say it with flowers can now say it with chocolate. . and for children
a delightful selection of chocolaty insect-shaped critters, including
lady bugs and bees.
Couple Values Children . . and Makes Sweet Treats
Bayview Post. . .and other Post Magazines
is a follow up on October 1998 “How They Met” article, see
below, which describes how “singing talent” brought Ingrid
to the U.S. and then Canada) . . . Ingrid and Tom have lived in the Bayview
area for 30 years. They have two daughters, Jasmin, a graduate of University
of Western Ontario, is married and has a two-year-old son named Connor.
Their other daughter, Jaclyn, works as a teacher and has recently gotten
engaged. Jasmin and Jaclyn did follow the showbiz route for a while, as
between them they made 120 TV commercials in Canada and the U.S. Ingrid
and Tom, who worked as a computer consultant, started in the sweets business
some 25 years ago wholesaling throughout North America. Ingrid, who has
a family history of chocolate masters, opened her York Mills Plaza boutique
in 1985 with Marilyn Lastman. She soon bought her out, and hasn’t
looked back. The shop will soon be celebrating its 20th, and there will
be lots of things happening in the months to come. Stay tuned. Ingrid
says that the best thing abut her job is that she gets to meet the nicest
people from all walks of life . . . by Ron Johnson
“ALL-TIME FAVES!” The people, places and things that have ‘consistently’ made our Best of Bayview List
Bayview Post Magazine
CHOCOLATE ON THE PLANET: Swiss-Master Chocolatier…Whimsical truffles,
double-dipped strawberries, and even the chocolate pizzas are so diving
you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven. . .
Rita on the Oscars
February 29, 2004
be hunkered down at our primary workstation at The Star tonight watching
the Oscars with our best and bitchiest pals. . . That lovely woman from
Swiss-Master Chocolatier has sent us a box of bon bons again this year,
complete with an anatomically correct chocolate Oscar. Can't decide which
part to eat first. . .Rita Zekas.
"Toronto’s Top Tastes"
Bayview City Magazine, The Village Post, The North Toronto Post, The Thornhill Post, The Rishmond Hill Post, and the North York Post
ultimate chocolates for true romance…Master of Chocolate a huge
success…Wow! Swiss-Master had our tasters blushing with pleasure.
Outstanding combination, perfect and fresh…You would be hard pressed
to find a better chocolate anywhere!
A guide to Toronto’s Best
you’ve ever been to Basel in Switzerland, you’ve probably
come across leckerli, the intriguingly chewy biscuits that have been made
there for 600 years. Made with nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and honey, they
find a persuasive champion in Swiss-Master’s owner, Ingrid Läderach
Steven, who uses them at home in everything from cheesecake to gravy.
More conventional practice, she tells me, is to break off a little piece
and dissolve it slowly in the mouth, letting all those flavours emerge.
A delicious sideline, but chocolate is the main event—rich, finely
milled Swiss chocolate . . .from Switzerland. Six new truffles are promised
this winter, and if they’re as good as the kirsch-café introduced
last summer I hope I find them in my stocking. Special treats also appear
for Jewish holidays, such as calvados truffles shaped like apples, and
honey ones like honeycombs for Rosh Hashanah. Chocolate “pizzas”
are a year-round pleasure, but one must wait for summer to taste the awesome
frozen yogurt that is the store sideline.
December 7, 2003
"PRINCE (singer). . .we do know he has a sweet tooth. He's been seen at Swiss-Master Chocolatier on Bayview Ave, near his Bridal Path digs. . ." Rita Zekas
TO HEAR The New Country 95.3FM Radio . . . talking about Swiss-Master, December 2003
Eat, drink & be OSCAR
Roll out the red carpet for your guests
March 22, 2003
your guests feel as if they are the main attraction by giving them a chocolate
Oscar from Swiss-master Chocolatier. The munchable mini-statuette has
a Florentine base and is sprinkled with a gold glitter confection
am seeing more Oscar parties than ever, says Ingrid Läderach Steven
a bit of escapism during these uncertain times
Its also reflected
by an increase in sales of our I Love You truffles since the
Sept 11 tragedy. . . Vena Eaton, Lifestyle Editor
And the chocolate Oscar goes to. . .
March 19, 2003
those of us who have no hope of winning an Oscar, lets just eat one.
. .Americans are calling, saying theyve searched everywhere and can
only fined these treats in. . .Oscar parties are more popular than ever.
. .if perhaps this is an escapism from the seriousness of these days. .
. Jennifer Bain, Food Editor
"Holiday sales on retailer wish lists"
Bayview Post Magazine
retailers wonder what December will bring
Ingrid Laederach Steven
December is supposed to be one of her busiest times. But
reluctant to make that prediction...I hear stories about more stores closing
and more companies closing. It seems to be a global situation
than spending on expensive gifts, they go to something that will satisfy
When things get rough, people turn to chocolate for Instant
gratification. . .Julie Greco
"Where to find the best. . ."
you've ever been to Basel in Switzerland, you've probably come across
"leckerli," the intriguingly chewy biscuits that have been made
there for 600 years. . .Ingrid. . .uses them at home in everything from
cheesecake to gravy. . .special treats also appear for Jewish holidays,
such as calvados truffles shaped like apples, and honey one like honeycombs
for Rosh Hashanah. . .
"Best Truffles in Toronto"
Bayview Post Magazine
AWARDED 11 YEARS IN A ROW to: Swiss-Master Chocolatier.... try the champagne. They're the editor's favourite.
Most Popular Chocolatier
February 13, 2002
is not in the chocolate business, rather she is in the magic moment business,
providing magical moments of delight and sensual escape...the best and
sweetest lady...always feel right at home......It's motto, "Beautiful
Chocolate for Beautiful People" shines through in the service and
packaging they offer, no matter who's buying or how much they're spending..."
Jennifer Bain, Food Editor
PURE LUXURY: Dipped in chocolate
truffles in every flavour...every shape from telephones to computers and
soccer balls to buzzing bees..The staff customize each order to the client's
specifications..even create gift packages for holidays like Rosh Hashanah,
and Chinese New Year...But the lure of Swiss-Master is as much in the wisdom
and warmth of its owner as the purity and goodness of its chocolate...Making
a difference is key to Laederach-Steven's philosophy "We've got to
interact with our fellow human being much more than ever before,"
she says,..."I want to show that the business has a heart, that we've
got to think with our heart, not just our pocket book."...and many
customers consider Laederach-Steven to be a friend. "I try to give
a little bit of warmth with everything that we do, and hopefully that
will spread." ...Kathy Barthel
Eating & Drinking Guide...directory of Toronto's best...
Läderach Steven...flies them to Toronto, where they pause very briefly
in the store before fanatical customers pounce. There are always seasonal
flavours to try (chestnut and maple for fall, passion fruit and lime for
summer) and such amusing shapes as chocolate bees and golf balls, plus
the famous Party Pizzas...exceptional frozen yogurt blended with plums
or pears, and there is a website...to consult above having orders filled
from Swiss-Master's sister store in Hong Kong...
Its to live for and not to die for since 9-11
December 26 2001
the horrible September 11 terror-attacks the words to die for
have taken on a morbid suicidal meaning, robbing us of their silly innocence
in everyday conversation....Its therefore refreshing to see Ingrid
Läderach Steven of Swiss-Master Chocolatier going all out in promoting
her luscious fresh cream chocolate truffles as being simply to live
Wine & Food // Chocolate the Chocolate Adventurer column
ever a woman was born into chocolate, it was Ingrid Läderach Steven.
. . Unquestionably, her business is well-suited to her personality. Ingrid
is very much a people person, and she loves the fact that
people feel good when theyre in her store. . .While Ingrid herself
tends toward more traditional chocolate items, she knows her customers
demand products that are new and different. One such item is a computer
truffle. . . But looks arent everything here, and I am partial to
the pieces with complex natures, which contain several different tastes
and textures, all in harmony with one another. That is a very European
characteristic in a chocolate, and I dont see enough of it in the
U.S.. . . Ingrid appreciates that chocolate is a comfort food for many
people, and she knows that comfort foods are an acceptable part of ones
diet if consumed in moderation.
"Best Chocolates this side of Switzerland"
Bayview Post Magazine
AWARDED 10 YEARS IN A ROW to: Swiss-Master Chocolatier.... owner Ingrid L.äderach
Steven produces the best truffles in Toronto, bar none...
(Global Gourmet on AOL)...Mother's Day and Graduation...Chocolate Find of the Month
protest! This month's Chocolate Find, Swiss-Master Chocolatier of
Toronto, Canada, has a most unfair website. It isn't enough that the homepage
hits you with a paragraph about their fresh cream truffles; the company
has to go further and include appealing photos of their boutique and some
of their products. Even the descriptions are enough to make me want to
hop a flight northward...Better still, check out their rather glamorous
website at...but don't say I didn't warn you!..."Beautiful Chocolates
for Beautiful People" is the slogan here, and I can at least vouch
for the truthfulness of the first part of that motto!...If you're going
to be in Toronto or Hong Kong, consider stopping by their
boutiques...Stephanie Zonis (see: www.globalgourmet.com/food/ilc)
Cyberwar survival tips from a Mom and Pop retail shop
.by Tom Steven, Swiss-Master Chocolatier
REVIEW Business Magazine
a ... chocolate boutique ... gets 1,000-to-2,000 webpage requests a
day.) . . .With all the hype about e-commerce there is lots of pressure
for small businesses, especially retailers, to join the bandwagon. Yet
selling online is one of the toughest businesses in the world. . . Based
on our retail experience, our message for small businesses is. . . Our
biggest benefit from the web comes from three areas. . . We are currently
analyzing the pros and cons of going to a full-blown e-commerce system.
. . Experimenting with search engines shows. . . Some simple tricks
that improved our hits. . .
Toronto Business Times
asked for her secret, Läderach-Steven answered: ‘There is no overall simple
answer, or magic formula. Just offer great chocolate and great service,
all at a fair price, and watch the magic click in, especially with an
upscale clientele...It’s that simple... and yet it’s that difficult!’ "
Best of Gourmet Food...
Bayview Post Magazine
"BEST CHOCOLATES" 9 YEARS IN A ROW: Swiss-Master
For Chocolate Lovers Only. . .with Stephanie Zonis
Recommendation of the Month".
. . June’s Chocolate Find is Swiss-Master-Chocolatier, with boutiques in
Toronto and Hong Kong. . .
Tiny boutique delivers to...Toronto's Rich & Famous
December 20, 2000
web site...is currently running a $2,000 (in chocolate) 'GUESS THE OSCAR
Chocolateur Values Children the Most
way to salute in our 'How They Met' column than to get the story
of the purveyor of Bayview's sweetest treasures . . .Before she was even
a teen, Ingrid was whisked from her home in the Swiss
Alps by Dr. Antonia Brico, a legendary musician, conductor, and philanthropist...This
is the same Dr. Brico that singer Judy Collins documented in the 1974 Oscar-nominated
movie Antonia: A Portrait of a Woman. . Brico was so taken with Ingrid's
singing talents that she convinced her parents that "Ingrid's talents belonged
to the world"...Ingrid moved to reside with Dr. Brico in Denver...But
because of exhaustive two years of training sessions Ingrid fell very ill,
and her vocal chords were severely damaged. Her recuperation led to a visit
to Toronto... where she met Tom (now her husband)...Starting a family wasn't
easy though, a fact Ingrid attributes to stress in her early music life...this
is why she has such a love for life and why children really feel her warm
welcome... opened boutique in 1985 with Marilyn Lastman. She
soon bought her out, and hasn't looked back.
(See "page 3 of Photo Library" webpage for picture of Ingrid
with Dr. Brico)
Truffles: The Latest Addition to This City’s Sophisticated Palette
though, you can get just about any kind of truffle your little heart desires
— imported from Switzerland — but you may have to line up for it...people
come in and are quite disappointed because...only a small selection left...The
city’s growing affection for truffles...goes hand-in-hand with the burgeoning
demand for vintage wines, gourmet coffee and Cuban cigars...the
moment you swallow a truffle...you can tell if you’ve been gypped...When
I first started eating truffles, I didn’t know how to differentiate between
them, probably didn’t even know I was eating a truffle...Now I know how to
compare them for creaminess, texture, bitterness.
Chocolates with a sweet Swiss secret
Honk Kong Standard
...Ingrid Läderach Steven...her warm optimistic personality is extended to the
slogan of her shop: ”Beautiful Chocolates for Beautiful People” Bernice Chan
There are always seasonal flavours to try (chestnut and maple for fall)
and such amusing shapes as chocolate bees and golf balls, plus the famous
party pizzas... made with nuts and fruit, studded with truffles and other
goodies.. exceptional frozen yogurt blended with plums or pears, etc...orders
(can be) filled from Swiss-Master sister store in Hong Kong...
nosh nosh nosh
November 8, 1998
has been a week of chocolate highs. A new chocolate shop, Swiss-Master Chocolatier,
opened in Central... Supplier
Rud Laederach revolutionised the truffle-making industry in the 1960s when
he injected the filling into an empty chocolate case, then sealed it with
a chocolate cap...” You’re chomping,” scolded Ingrid. ”Let the chocolate go
all round your mouth and enjoy and think of the pleasurable experience you
had”...I swore I wouldn’t chomp...it’s worth mastering the art. Nell Nelson
Say it With Chocolate
In town for the shop opening was Ingrid Laederach Steven...Our slogan is "Beautiful
Chocolates for Beautiful People." Beautiful people radiate from within and
so do our chocolates...
No Trick, Just Treats...Grand Prize Winner
you’re going to indulge, why not indulge in the best?
"Sweet Secrets Waiting to be Discovered"
Tatler Magazine (Hong Kong)
in the heart of Central...discreetly tucked away, Swiss-Master Chocolatier...offers
a visual feast to everyone who discovers its sweet secret...Specializing in
small, perfectly formed ”fresh cream truffles”...the absolute quality of Swiss-Master
Eve Magazine (Hong Kong)
you’re feeling guilty about going for that chocolate, think again. Research indicates that chocolate eaten in moderation
can reduce flood clots and apparently lessen the risk of heart disease and
strokes.Chocolate lovers Keith & Angela Law,
the husband-wife duo behind Swiss-Master Chocolatier...Our chocolates tend
to be less sweet, and the fresh cream truffles...For
diabetics who love chocolates, Swiss-Master Chocolatier also sells diabetic
chocolates containing diabetic friendly sweeteners such as lacitol and asartame.
"The Wedding Guide Book" (Hong Kong)
...Swiss-Master Chocolatier’s rich mouth-watering chocolates made with a variety
of tantalizing fillings and with its wonderful packaging makes a perfect
wedding table gift...
Can Chocolate-Inspired Slogan Cure Canada’s Tourism Ills?
Saturday Night Magazine
August 12, 2000
”Wild and Beautiful”...We used the slogan for our chocolates...Exotic chocolates...
"Diabetic treats" (Hong Kong)
you’re a diabetic and have to forgo your favourite foods, despair no longer.
Swiss-Master Chocolatier has a range of diabetic chocolates, so you can
enjoy quality chocolates without risking your health...
Beanie Baby Blast
The Toronto Sun
June 1, 1998
. . were raffled off yesterday at Swiss-Master. . . with
proceeds ($2,019) going to Sheena’s Place,
a non-profit centre offering support and services to people with eating
Läderach Steven has all-chocolate pizza, rich truffles and petits fours,
real kirsch in chocolate shells ... flown in from Switzerland .. and packages
Sweets For The Sweet
"beautiful people do not just happen."
Best Chocolate -- Swiss-Master Chocolatier
Reisman, chef and Cookbook Writer: "They prepare the most incredible chocolate
pizza. . ."
In Search of the Magic Truffle
. . . built a reputation for satisfying the most demanding Toronto chocoholic
. . . The boutique's clientele includes some of Toronto's most famous people,
as well as visiting dignitaries and actors(the
shop is near the Canadian Film Centre).
Nobody Knows the Truffles We've Seen
dish up their favorite desserts as our tribute to Valentine's Day. . Ingrid's
Probably the best chocolate mousse I've eaten,
this is from Ingrid Laederach Steven. . . -Marion Kane, Food Editor
If Truffles Make You Drool
September 22, 1994
Master chocolate truffles are more than just a mere food. ..The
shop offers some of the world's very best truffles while keeping prices
in line with locally made products.
For the Love of Chocolate
December 15, 1993
the chocoholic on your Christmas list with a chocolate pizza from Swiss-Master
Chocolatier. . .
CFTO Eye On Toronto (TV)
December 3, 1993
. . We have chocolate pizzas courtesy of Swiss-Master Chocolatier at York
Mills and Bayview. I go there all the time.
Swiss chocolate - always in demand
August 27, 1997
is looking for chocolate in Toronto is advised to go to Swiss-Master. .
. because there one gets true Swiss chocolate, as one is used to at home.
CFTO Eye On Toronto (TV)
September 14, 1993
what I have here from Swiss-Master Chocolatier. Speaking of nice! Isn't
it beautiful? A whole tray load of the most spectacular chocolates . . .
If Truffles Make you Drool Then Look No Further
B'nai B'rith Covenant
May 12, 1994
...selling some of the finest truffles the world has to offer -- for the
price you'd pay for locally produced chocolate...
The Best Food Shops in the City
. . . The
staff are friendlier than any indecisive shopper has a right to expect,
the packaging is imperial...
Chocoholic paradise no 'truffling' matter
Canadian Jewish News
May 14, 1992
amongst the beautiful estates of Bayview Avenue is a tiny boutique that
caters to a unique group of chocolate aficionados. . .Laederach-Steven
has brought a much needed flare to the chocolate business and
her clients include some of Canada's famous business people and actors .
. . noted
for having some of the best chocolate truffles in the world at a very reasonable
price . . . For the price of a good local chocolate . . . a choice of
some of the very best truffles the world has to offer.
The Intrepid Gourmet: "Kingly, Nee, Godly, Orbs"
. . Ingrid Läderach Steven's Swiss-Master Chocolatier has a decadent range
of these bite-sized pieces of heaven . . . - Adele de la Lumiere
Pamper your tastebuds
Globe and Mail
December 10, 1987
tiny chocolate boutique stand at
prestigious York Mills Plaza,
and celebrities...come...in elegant Swiss style...A delectable eggnog truffle
has been created for Christmas…and ”Rosenberg of Switzerland” is flying
in Kosher truffles and pralines. This ”fashion
food” is packaged like precious jewels... Their Swiss-Master frozen yogurt
is the piece de resistance...a Swiss-Master bonus.
Big-name clients mean sweet success . . .
Small Business Magazine
does an unknown entrepreneur gain entry into the highest circles of the
international chocolate and sweets business? . . .Is this any way to make
a living? Only if you land enough heavyweight chocolate makers and big-name
volume buyers: cruise lines, five-star hotels across North America,
airlines, country clubs, and department stores (Eatons, Holt Renfrew, Neiman
Markus, Thalheimer's, Wannamaker, Broadway, Bloomingdale's).
. . Swiss-Master Foods Corp . . . opened Young's eyes to the potential in
the million-dollar chocolate amenities business...
(See "Retailer of Year" webpage for picture of Ingrid,
representing Swiss-Master Foods Corp at a trade show in the 80s)
A Chocolate Safari -David Churchill
makes a city extraordinary?. . . The search for the ultimate chocolate experience
is an elusive one. . . Owner Ingrid Läderach Steven imports the chocolates
directly from Switzerland...
CFTO-TV "Eye on Toronto"
February 19, 1990
all chocoholics. . . I'll show you a place that will send your taste buds
into a tale spin. Swiss-Master Chocolatier is a store where decadence is
always in vogue. So, chocolate lovers brace yourselves...
Chocolate Shop Has Swiss Twist - Mary McGrath
March 30, 1988
shop specializing in some of the finest that Switzerland has to offer is
the Swiss-Master Chocolatier
The Gift of Giving
Holiday Issue, 1990
charitable impulse of those who have, to help those who haven't, has been
at the heart of the Hospital for Sick Children since its inception . . .
truffles by Swiss-Master Chocolatier...
Shop boasts crème de la crème of chocolate
Canadian Jewish News
December 10, 1987
chocolate world was set ablaze in 1968 when Rud Laederach, a young Swiss
chocolatier, together with his wife, revolutionized the fine art of chocolate-making
when they created the first "truffle shell"...Today,
Ingrid Laederach-Steven. . .imports Laederach truffles as well as other
Swiss chocolates, including Rosenberg of Switzerland chocolates, a
kosher line of deluxe truffles and pralines.
These products are under the certification of Rabbi Mordechai Piron of the
Israelitishe Cultusgemeinde Zurich Rabbinat...The showcase is a dream-come-true
for chocolate-lovers and a temptation for even those who don’t have a sweet
tooth . . . Ingrid began importing Swiss products and selling them to Department
stores. In 1985 she opened her shop. . . As customized chocolate became
popular with North America's finest hotels, Swiss-Master became a major
supplier to many of them . . . As well, they. . . sold to restaurants and
department stores across Canada and the United States . . . What
makes Swiss-Master special is the ambience that exudes pleasurable experiences.
Their packaging is regal -- it's almost like buying a fine piece of jewelry
or a designer label . . .Consumers have long called chocolate the 'food
of the gods' and Swiss-Master's luscious, melt-in-your-mouth chocolates,
presented in the Swiss-style splendor and elegance, explain why they got
this title.- Zahava Kleinert
|Swiss-Master Chocolatier Brings Back Memories of Switzerland at its Chocolaty Finest
chocolates were superb and every bit as good as we would expect from the
finest chocolatiers in Switzerland...
Launching A Sweet Success
Women & Business
the past few years Läderach-Steven has become prominent and formidable contender
in the specialty food industry. She accomplished this largely by cultivating
an image of a tough-minded entrepreneur who runs her two businesses firmly
... making decisions based on a very optimistic approach to life
... the new shop goes all out in romancing the products
and providing personalized service... I love
being at the boutique as I find selling chocolate is like selling pure joy.
In the old days it was called "food of the gods," and today it's still considered
the most alluring food known to mankind... We are well aware that there is
a limit to what people will pay, even in our shopping centre... One important
point about Swiss chocolates is that they are made under what one would
describe as clinical sanitary conditions. In fact, Swiss cleanliness is
legendary. That is one reason Swiss chocolates can have a low sugar content
and more natural flavours — but in turn they require much more delicate
handling when they are air freighted, stored, and sold...The
biggest clients in Canada are the hotel chains, who buy customized chocolates
for their amenity programs by the hundreds of thousands... all in all, she
has the potential of becoming the most influential chocolate force in Canada.
Läderach-Steven has an ability which very few chocolateurs begin to possess...quite
abnormal talent for superbness...and it raises her shop above others... She
also seems to be prepared to take risks based on her own thinking, which
often differs from the norm. . .And, she does not believe someone can be
called successful if he or she becomes rich but loses a family along the
have two companies now, Swiss-Master Foods Corp to handle our imports to
hotel. . . across Canada and U.S. and Swiss-Master Chocolatier. . . When
a customer walks out of the shop we make sure he or she feels like they
just bought a taste of the very best that life has to offer, and that they
were pampered as one would expect to be when shopping in the best of shops
in Europe. It is this philosophy that separates the store from the competition
and gets customers on busy days to actually line up outside the door...
Shop Caters To Exclusive Sweet Tooth - Cindy Kleiman
August 11, 1987
store is a chocolate-lover's dream come true. . .There are chocolates in
the shape of gold ingots, chocolate greeting cards, chocolate bars bearing
messages from happy birthday to congratulations to thank you and sweet dreams.
There are even chocolate bugs and chocolate flower plants...
3rd Annual Gift Guide For Chocolate Lovers
... offers credit-card thin bars of fine Swiss chocolate. Atop each stands a
minuscule sprite or creature, called Smidgen, who will stand guard against
interlopers . . . until you are ready to devour the delicious platform and
keep the figure as a sweet souvenir . . . 2538 Bayview Avenue, Toronto,
Swiss Master Chocolatier a Fantasyland for Chocoholics
Dec 6, 1989
first thought as you enter this fun Chocolate Boutique is overwhelming.
. . To begin to describe this boutique is not an easy task . . . each piece
is a true masterpiece. . . lovingly wrapped - red and gold are the house
colours - you get the feeling that you really are getting something quite
exquisite. . . This store has such a wonderful ambience which truly transfers
to the customer... (translation) - Monika Lang
June 27, 1991
the die-hard Swiss feel at home here. One beautiful
aroma brings forth images of bygone days where
one would stop off in Zurich or Geneva to indulge in this bit of heaven
. . . Ingrid goes all out to make sure that the customer is number one and
thatonly the very best is good enough.
March 6, 1990
was quite by accident that I came across this boutique when I read about
it . . . I called and was able to talk to the owner, a charming lady called
Ingrid Läderach Steven, who invited me to come in and see the store. So
I did, and I can tell you that I was really overwhelmed. This is not a store
but a most charming beautiful boutique filled with chocolates - the very
best of chocolates from Switzerland . . . I was impressed by the luscious,
sweet, most beautiful atmosphere...
Astronauts Have a Sweet Tooth, Too....- Monika Lang
Feb. 12, 1992
beautifully decorated shop . . . has a prominent clientele. . . Dr. Roberta
Bondar was the Canadian female astronaut who went into space aboard the
Discovery . . . she and her colleague astronauts enjoyed. . . the truffles
one day before the launch...
Nestled. . . in the Bayview and Post Road area . . . a tiny boutique that caters
to some of Canada's most high profile (and most affluent) clientele. . .
Only the Best in Chocolates
In a tiny shopping centre just north of The Bridle Path area...
The shop prides itself on offering some of the world's
very best truffles while keeping prices in line with locally made products...
"World Class Truffles" at our Door Steps - Reasonable Prices
North York Mirror
May 17, 1992
Ingrid strongly believes in making sure that customers walking into the shop are
pampered as they would be when shopping in the best shops in Europe... Ingrid
has been selling chocolates since she could barely see over the sales counter.
Her parents owned tourist businesses high up in the Swiss Alps and on the