Chicago Chocolate Tours
Mmm…chocolate. Is there a more sinful or even sexy word associated with food? The mere mention of chocolate sends one into a state of euphoria! With that said, is there a better way to spend a couple of hours than sampling chocolate? Of course not! While that Hershey bar from the drug store will do in a pinch, a Chicago Chocolate Tour takes you on a fine chocolate journey!
There are 5 available tours for Chicagoans to take including Lakeview, Mag Mile, south Loop, downtown Loop, and the French Market. My Mag Mile tour started bright and early at 9:45am and is deemed the “Breakfast of Champions” by founder Valerie Beck. Our day starts at the 900 shops and a visit to Teuscher. This Swiss chocolatier offers up a champagne truffle made with a Dom Perignon cream center surrounded by a dark chocolate ganache, coated in milk chocolate and sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar. Chocolate and a little “Dom” before lunch, why not?!
A short walk down Delaware takes us to More Cupcakes. With cupcakes exploding in popularity, it’s only fitting that we stop in for a chocolate/chocolate cupcake. Rich and very moist, this little treat made me come back after the tour to pick up a few of their other varieties. Next stop is Oak street, not for the shopping but rather more chocolate! Sarah’s candies offered up a dark chocolate, caramelized almond, roasted pistachio, and crispy rice brittle that tests the strength of ones teeth.
A stroll down Walton brings us to Hendrickx Belgian Bakery. The twist here is that we are not having a piece of chocolate or something that outwardly even looks like chocolate. Nope, instead we sample a flaky hand made croissant filled with heavenly Belgian chocolate. This hand made treat is so special that it actually takes 18 hours for them to create it! Last stop is at Argo Tea for a surprising cup of chocolate chai. Sweet and spicy, this tea is a nice way to cap off our chcocolate adventure.
Each tour includes a knowledgable guide to help navigate your journey and even offer some chocolate fun facts. Tour prices are $40 per person for public tours and $50 for group tours. Tours operate all year long. Bottom line is that food tours are fun, chocolate food tours are a blast! Grab a friend and get ready to smile for the next 2 hours!
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