Why Chocolate?

Its that time of year again when I start planning The Granary’s Annual Chocolate Party. This local event has become anticipated by our customers and community. It is a fun event with lots of tasty treats. The topic of Chocolate may seem like an easy one – everyone loves chocolate right? The truth is, we celebrate chocolate for more than its velvety smooth texture and oh so good taste. We celebrate good chocolate because good chocolate, (along with a few other wonderful things like good coffee and good tea) embody all of the core values The Granary holds so dear. As a lifelong self proclaimed environmentalist, there are some values that I hold in high regard and I try hard to incorporate those values not only into my personal life but my business too. Good Chocolate, like those we celebrate on Saturday Dec 1 at the annual Chocolate Party, follow the majority of my core ideals including.

Organic Agriculture – an ecological method of agricultural production that respects the natural environment. Organics focuses on enhancing the health and vitality of the soil, preserving biodiversity, promoting animal welfare and preserving the ecological integrity of our environment. The majority of the chocolate we sell, and all the chocolate we celebrate, is produced using organic agriculture practices.

Non-GMO – Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. While there are some good arguments in favour of genetic modification, I believe strongly that the consumer has the right to know. When purchasing chocolate I look for companies that clearly state they do not contain GMOs

Fair Trade – Fairly traded products support social justice and fair labour. This is especially important when it comes to chocolate (and coffee) as these industries have traditionally turned a blind eye to social justice and instead have supported child labour, un fair work wages and other social injustices. Sourcing Fair Trade Certified Chocolate is very important for small scale farmers in third world countries whose livelihoods and happiness depend on receiving a fair wage.

Local – At The Granary, we know that organic and local go better together. While cacao is not a local product, there are some pretty amazing local companies making chocolate and hiring Canadian workers. Many of our celebrated chocolate companies like Camino from Ottawa, Giddy Yoyo from Orangeville Ontario, Hummingbird in Almonte and more support the buy local mandate.

Join us Saturday Dec 1 for a fun filled day of good Chocolate and the important values that go along with good Chocolate! Choc SM1

5th Annual Chocolate Party

ChocolateParty_poster2017bAn exciting collaboration has been happening with The Granary, Apple Cheeks, Black Tartan, Chesswood, The Good Food Company and The Grand Hotel. This event is also supported by Downtown Carleton Place and the Town of Carleton Place.

Exciting things planned for that day:

  • Santa at the Grand Hotel from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
  • Special Chocolate Feature Menus at Participating Restaurants.
  • Free Hot Chocolate and 5th Anniversary Celebration at Apple Cheeks.
  • Carleton Place Civitan Club will be hosting a Santa’s Workshop upstairs at the Arena from 10 am to 2 pm. Fun crafts and toy building for the kids.
  • Free Public Skating at Arena from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.
  • Enjoy the Chocolate Alley Bistro at The Granary Featuring, Fair Trade Chocolate.
    Gift Bags to the First 50 Customers.
  • Stop by The Green Counter Boutique to make a paper Christmas Tree.
  • Celebrate The Blossom Shop Grand Re-Opening and check out their newly renovated space.


THE GOLDEN TICKET DRAW: Sunday, November 12 –Sunday, December 3rd

goldenticketbannerAs part of the Chocolate Party, The Granary has organized a Golden Ticket Draw and invite you to participate to win great prizes.

This is how it works:

When you make a purchase at a participating business you receive a ballot or “golden ticket” signed by that business. You then take the ticket to a second participating business where it can be entered into the draw. A purchase is not required at the second business.  The ballots must be initialed by 2 businesses to qualify. The draw will end on Sunday, Dec 3 ( the day after the Chocolate Party). Prizes include 2 x $200 in BIA Bucks and three gift baskets. 

The following is a complete list of participating businesses:

  • The Granary
  • Burns
  • Grahams
  • Nancy’s Impressions
  • Soak Bath and Body
  • The Blossom Shop
  • Little Loves
  • Green Counter Boutique
  • Kaleidoscope Design
  • Carousal
  • Bonanza Kids
  • Wisteria
  • The CP Chamber Office
  • Apple Cheeks
  • Chesswoods
  • Black Tartan
  • Good Food
  • Ginger Cafe
  • Floral Boutique
  • The Dress Shop
  • The Wool Shop
  • Owl Cafe
  • Darlington Acupuncture & Massage


Foodie Fridays: Banana Ice Cream

Foodie Friday

If you’re going dairy free or are just looking for a healthier, tasty cold treat, try this recipe for Banana Ice Cream. All you need is frozen banana, a food processor and toppings of your choice. We went for a classic chocolate, peanut butter flavour and it was very tasty.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream


Blending the inredients together may take some time, add more milk if necessary

Blending the inredients together may take some time, add more milk if necessary



  • Banana (sliced and frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon of Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 tablespoon of PB2 (Powdered Peanut Butter)
  • 1 tablespoon of Cocao Powder
  • Dark Belgium Chocolate Shavings for Garnish


Grab your food processor and throw in your frozen banana slices and your vanilla almond milk, and process until smooth. You may want to add a little more milk so that your mixture reaches the perfect, creamy consistency. Once it’s well blended, add your toppings, we chose peanut butter and chocolate. When that’s mixed, serve with some dark chocolate shavings on top.