Beta5 Chocolates, a little pâtisserie in East Vancouver tucked away and surrounded by food trucks and industrial shops. Though the location may be odd, the award winning chocolates don’t keep the customers away! The name comes from a form called “5 beta structure” when chocolate is melted. It is described as the the most stable form of cocoa butter crystallization on their website. My first look at the place was actually on a Monday. I had heard so many good reviews about this place, I had to go check it out. I arrived at 5:10PM and to my surprise, they were closed. Everything was barred up and looked pretty vacant. I was quite upset about not getting any sweet treats after tracking through Vancouver’s rush hour. I was really unimpressed seeing how I had thought that they closed at 5:30PM. After some investigation and some ranting to a friend, she had informed me that she looked at the site and it clearly said that they were closed on Monday’s. Well whoops…
Here are their hours for you guys who skim through the details like I do:
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday-Friday: 10:30AM-5:30PM
- Saturday-Sunday: 10:00AM-5:00PM
I really had to redeem myself this time, so I decided to go after class and pick up some goodies. I walked in and the store was empty, I was little concerned about where the staff were, but I patiently waited and looked around to see what was available. I walked up to the two big boards displaying their creampuffs, desserts and prices. A little pricy, but what the heck, it’s my second time here so I better make it worth it!
A woman then came and greeted me! She was extremely helpful, allowing me to take my time and take some pictures of the store. She had informed me that if I got more than 6 creampuffs, they won’t charge me any tax. Of course, being the bargain hunter that I am, I took the opportunity!
I ended up picking up 9 cream puffs, a bag of the Salted Butter Caramel and 2 jars of the desserts (Concord Grape Cheesecake as well as the Banana Chocolate). The bill came up to a whopping $62.00! What the heck! This place has awards, it has to be worth it! Right?
I got home and set up a little photoshoot with these bad boys and wow did they ever photograph well!
At this point, I then realized that I didn’t pick up any chocolate. None at all…
From left to right: Vietnamese Coffee, Banana Cream Pie, Raspberry Cheesecake, Vanilla, Salted Caramel (back).
The vanilla and banana cream pie puff was pretty good, but I didn’t think it jumped out at me enough. The salted caramel and vietnamese coffee on the other had were fantastic! They were strong and concentrated in flavour, yet so light! I could have had a dozen of the salted caramel ones! I give those ones a 10/10!
The desserts were quite average to me, they had a cool concept and beautiful assembly. The banana chocolate one is just the way it sounds, packed with banana, chocolate and cream. The cheesecake on the other hand was a little underwhelming to me. I had the highest hopes for this one because it was so beautiful. It fell a little short.
Overall I would give them a 7/10. They exceeded my expectations and I would love to go again to try out some new stuff! Maybe next time I will remember to pick up some damn chocolate!