Brook was born in California and lived all over the United States before moving to Canada. Before she was incarnated as “the chocolate lady,” she studied piano at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, then went on to graduate school at the Institute of Child Study, U of T. She taught primary grades and music for the Toronto Board of Education before homeschooling her own two children. She is a triathlete, avid gardener, yoga enthusiast, woodworker, and environmentalist.
Established in 1993, Brook’s Delectable Chocolates began as a family business in the Toronto area (Stouffville Ontario, to be exact) whose goal was to make a truly extravagant gourmet chocolate almond brittle. Thick, imported milk or dark chocolate, generously laced with sweet, roasted whole almonds, surrounding a butter brittle centre–it is a confection of extremes, supporting the premise that if you are going to eat sweets, make it worth your while. Eat extravagantly!
The basic recipe has remained constant over the years, but the scale of production has increased dramatically. It continues to be a cottage industry, and Brook is still the only cook, employing seasonal help to weigh and package through Christmas and Easter.
Brook’s chocolate almond brittle is endorsed and adored by Derome Award winner James Wigmore and former Concertmaster Steven Staryk, of The Royal Philharmonic Symphony, The Chicago Symphony, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra.