Several weeks ago (I was out of town, so I couldn’t blog right away!), I was lucky to go on the Seattle Chocolate Indulgence Tour. I went mostly because I am a serious chocolate lover but also because I wanted to know more about chocolate. This tour was just what I needed. If you are planning on going on this tour yourself, DO NOT EAT breakfast or lunch. I recommend a small salad for dinner.
Okay, enough of that! Let me start from the beginning. It was a beautiful morning and I got out of bed to see a gorgeous girl in the mirro. . . Is that too far back? Fine. At eleven in the morning my mom and I arrived at Cupcake Royale, which is where the tour starts. We met our fabulous tour guide, Kenna, and three other women on the tour. Our first chocolate tasting. We devoured little chocolate cupcakes followed by little samples of chocolate ice cream. One thing we learned about the cupcakes is that they were voted Seattle’s best cupcakes but only after some customers complained the cupcakes were too dry and they changed the recipe. Good job with the changes. They were delicious.
And after that, we walked to the Chocolate Box. There, we met Chris who provided us two treats, one of which was probably my favorite taste of the day. We tried a white chocolate, which was so good, but my favorite was a dark chocolate from Mexico, flavored with salt and pepper. The reason why this chocolate is so fabulous is that most chocolate bars are emulsified with soy lecithin, but for this chocolate you were the emulsifier. You could taste sugar cane on the top of your mouth, chocolate in the middle, and salt and pepper on either side (not all chocolate has salt and pepper — that was just the flavor for this chocolate).
Then Kenna came back and we walked to Tom Douglas’s Dahlia Bakery. At Dahlia, we had Tom Douglas’s famous coconut cream pie. Why was this on a chocolate tour, you ask? Because white chocolate was the secret ingredient to this delicious pie. It was amazzzzing. Then we had spectacular chocolate cookies that were one tablespoon of flour away from being brownies. It might be the perfect cookie.
To work off those calories, we walked to The Confectional in Pike Place Market. We enjoyed raspberry chocolate cheesecake followed and a key lime cheesecake. Almost all of their cheesecakes have white chocolate in them. It was at this point in the tour that we started to become very, very full.
Fortunately, our next stop was Indi Chocolate in Pike Place market, where we got to sample very small bites of chocolate, but it was more of a smell experience in my memory. When we got to Indi we sampled a coco nib, more dark chocolate, and a chocolate covered cherry. My favorite part of this visit was sampling chocolate lotion and lip balm. If you want the chocolate experience without the calories, the smell of these products will almost convince you that you just ate chocolate. Either way, it made me happy.
Our second to last stop was KuKuRurZa Popcorn, where they have very unique flavored popcorn, some of which had chocolate in them. We tried the weirdest chocolate there like rocky road and cinnamon roll. They even had mint chocolate chip!
Our very last stop was Fran’s. We had truffles, dark chocolate, and lastly salted caramels. It’s a good thing I had Fran’s before this tour, because I was so full, I had to save my chocolates for later. TOO FULL! This tour was awesome and I think everyone should go!