Friday, January 13, 2012

Local: Boston Chocolate Tours, part 2

Check out Boston Chocolate Tour, part 1 HERE!

You might think that we would be all "chocolated" out at this point.  Nah.  We ran across the street to Boston-based bakery Sweet.  

Sweet is known for their tasty, and sometimes a bit unusual, cupcake confections.  But sometimes, nothing beats the classics.  A chocolate cupcake piled high with chocolate frosting was waiting for us.  

"Anything is good if it's made of chocolate." [Jo Brand]

Stop number 7 was at Lindt.  A store employee had a bunch of their different chocolate bars for us to sample, which was fun because I usually only buy their truffles.  We tasted their dark chocolate-chili bar, white chocolate-coconut bar, a toffee crunch bar, other kind.  It seems as though I have currently misplaced my notes and I cannot remember the last one.  *sad face*  My favorite was definitely the dark chocolate-chili bar.  The deep chocolate flavor gave way to a subtle chili burn.

"After a bar of chocolate one can forgive anybody, even one’s relatives."

Finally, when we thought we weren't able to eat anymore, we reached our final destination.  Gourmet Boutique is a interesting little gift shop in Copley's Westin, which carries a wide variety of chocolates and other gourmet food finds.  The pina colada-chocolate bar wasn't a favorite but I enjoyed the chocolate-bacon bar.  Thick slices of bacon were strewn throughout the chocolate, creating an intense smoky flavor.  My boyfriend loved the Chuao Firecracker Bar: dark chocolate infused with chipotle, salt, and Pop Rocks!  It definitely ranks up there as one of the most unique chocolates I have ever tried.  I'll tell ya though - the combination completely worked!

We bought a couple of unusual truffles here, too.  (Are you sensing a pattern?!)  The blood orange truffle was tasty - a nice balance of sweet and tart - while the balsamic vinegar one was just a bit too strange for us.  All of the truffles at Gourmet Boutique were absolutely stunning to look at...

Our tour guide sent us away with a Paradise Bakery chocolate chip cookie, with instructions to eat it a.s.a.p. for the best taste.  However, I was too full to chow down on any more chocolate that day, so I cheated and reheated it slightly the next day.  And it was still SO good ...just like homemade.  It takes a lot for me to say that because usually I think homemade goodies trump all!  Glad that we got a coupon for another free one...

"If you can’t eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer. 
But if you can’t eat all your chocolate, what’s wrong with you?"

Whew - I am full and tired just from recapping the tour.  To sum it up, I recommend taking a Boston Chocolate Tour to both locals and visitors.  The sampling alone is worth the trip.  ;)  But you also just might find a new hidden jewel!  

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