Boston Chocolate Tour – A Review

A couple weekends ago, I was able to enjoy the beautiful weather by walking around the South End eating a bunch of chocolate. You can’t go wrong eating chocolate and enjoying a perfect Boston summer day.

I had contacted Boston Chocolate Tours to see if they would be interested in a giveaway for my lovely readers. Instead, they offered me two tickets to any of their chocolate tours in exchange for this review. I decided it was a fair trade and invited another blogger, Sophie, to join me.

I chose the South End tour because David mentioned that it was his favorite so I figured why not. We started our adventure at Code 10 on Washington St. Sophie and I were the first ones there and we were able to chat with our tour guide Katie for a few minutes. Katie gave everyone a little goodie bag that included our pass for the day (a small tag on a lanyard), a small bag of pretzels in case we needed something salty between all the chocolate, and a couple printouts. One had a listing of various VIP deals we can get showing our pass. The other was a listing of some of the places that the chocolate tour would take us.

Once 2:00 rolled around, we were still missing a couple people, but we went ahead and got started. Code 10 sells baked goods from Rosie’s as well as various deli sandwiches and snacks. Here we tasted a frosted brownie called Chocolate Orgasm. It was a dense fudge-like brownie with a smooth frosting on top. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

After eating our brownies, we all headed outside where Katie had us all go around and introduce ourselves. Katie mentioned that she had been a tour guide since the company opened last November.

Then we headed across the street to Flour Bakery. We didn’t go in because it was pretty packed, so Katie ran in to grab our goodies. Here, we tasted Oreos. They were pretty fantastic and apparently they sell out pretty early during the day, so if you want one, call ahead. I was able to grab an extra one to take home to Hubby and he really enjoyed it as well.

After our Oreos in the sun, we headed over to Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel. They were in the midst of their pajama brunch which they do every Saturday and Sunday. The food smelled amazing as we walked through Tremont 647 to get to Sister Sorrell.

Once we got there, we had the whole bar to ourselves. They gave us each a chocolate martini which included their own in-house infused vanilla vodka. We also had a small piece of chocolate cake. The chocolate cake was very light and fluffy and not overly chocolatey.

While we were sitting there, Katie explained how chocolate is made. I’m not going to go through it all here because I wasn’t taking notes. She also explained how to properlly taste chocolate. Then we got to try out our tasting skills by tasting a piece of Taza chocolate. It was good and had a gritty texture because of how they make their chocolate.

After that, we went to Appleton bakery. We walked by Chocolee but they were closed due to air conditioning failures. Apparently a couple weeks ago all of their chocolate melted! How horrible is that?!? At Appleton, we were able to taste two brownies. One was a walnut brownie and one was a cream cheese brownie. I didn’t try the cream cheese brownie because of my lactose intolerance, but I heard it was divine.

Next we went to a cute little place called Picco. It had a nice outdoor seating area and they’re known for thier pizza, ice cream, and beer list. Sophie and I agreed it would be a great place to grab lunch on a nice day. Here, we tasted some chocolate sorbet. It was very creamy and delicious. You definitely would have thought it had tons of heavy cream in it.

After our sorbet, we went to a shop called Aunt Sadie’s. They have a bunch of scented candles including a chocolate candle (they also had tomato, chicken noodle soup, and some other really unique candles). It was a cute little shop, but no chocolate tasty there.

Last, we ended our tour at the South End Buttery. We were in the back room and got to taste an espresso milkshake (I passed on this too) and a mini chocolate cupcake. The cupcake was good and the frosting was to die for. I loved that frosting.

The chocolate tour was a fun way to see the South End, learn about some of the great restaurants and shops in the area, and enjoy some tasty treats along the way. I was originally expecting it to be more of tasting chocolates than eating things with chocolate in them. I think the chocolate tasting that is offered is more in line with what I had in mind…

The price of this particular tour is $48/person. I have to admit that if I had paid $48, I might have felt a bit like I got the short end of the straw. Don’t get me wrong, Katie was extremely knowledgable and fun to hang out with. And all of the chocolate treats we tasted were delicious. I just think a price closer to $36 is more reasonable for what I experienced that weekend.

If you’d like more information about Boston Chocolate Tours, be sure to check out their website – they also offer chocolate tastings, workshops, and private events. A big thanks to David of Boston Chocolate tours for letting Sophie and I experience this tour! If you’ve ever been on a chocolate tour anywhere, I’d love to hear about your experience.

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33 Responses to “Foodbuzz 24-24-24: Boston Cupcake Crawl”

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    Nina — July 27, 2009 at 4:29 am

    What a great and yummy idea! I wish I lived closer and could have joined. I need to research the bakeries in Phoenix and find some delicious cupcakes.

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    Mermaid Sweets — July 27, 2009 at 5:08 am

    What an amazing idea and post, awesome.

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    brannyboilsover — July 27, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    what a great post and a fun idea!

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    Molly Jean — July 27, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    You did SUCH a great job with this. I’m so happy it went well for you! And no rain? Double bonus!!!

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    thenursecooks — July 27, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    How neat, all the cupcakes look yummy to me!

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    Jamie* — July 27, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Very cool! Your group must have been exhausted at the end of the day. I am from Boston but now live in PA, your post made me want to head home for a visit. 🙂

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    Jen — July 27, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Thanks everyone. We definitely lucked out with the weather. It was a bit hot, but not unbearable.

    It was an exhausting day. I think we left the last bakery around 8:30. Hubby and I grabbed some dinner and got home around 11:00. We were exhausted!

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    Tavia — July 27, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    I am jealous! This is right up my alley. I need to get myself out to Babycakes ASAP!

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    ASkinner — July 27, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I used to live in Quincy and a stop into Babycakes was mandatory at least once a week for DH and me.

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    elc — July 27, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    i live in the north end and have been wondering about the new lyndell’s!! great info for a fellow bostoner!!

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    Joelen — July 27, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    What a great crawl! Glad to see you had fun and I hope to make a stop to check these out when I’ll be visiting in a few months! I’ve been on a slight commenting hiatus with my busy schedule lately… but it’s great to catch up and see what’s cooking in your kitchen!

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    Emily — July 27, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Such a fantastic idea – I love Boston… and cupcakes.

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    comforttable — July 27, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    What a great idea! I am in Boston and I am amazed at all of the cupcake shops that keep popping up. And another one: I just read that Todd English is opening “Curly Cupcakes” on Charles street!

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    ashley — July 27, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    fabulous idea for 24,24,24! i’m hungry for cupcakes now….

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    ValleyWriter — July 27, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Great post! I can’t wait to try some of these places out the next time I’m in Boston.

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    Stephanie Wagner — July 27, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Love this idea! Great post and pictures. The straw in the Pink Lemonade cupcake at Sweet is so cute!!

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    Jingle — July 27, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Thank you SO much for this! Although, I wish I had all of this info on Friday when we were wandering around town just for fun! I am SO going to have to try some of these places!

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    bcallegra — July 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    I love the fact that you did this crawl – I wanted to do the same thing after reading a article a few months ago but never got off my lazy butt to do it. You’ve inspired me to start visiting some of these places.

    From a wedding standpoint, I love all the pictures of the cupcakes – this is because I want them as a part of my wedding reception and need to find the right bakery to get them from.

    As always, great post!

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    michelle — July 28, 2009 at 6:21 am

    You forgot to try the the only cupcake store that would have scored a 5.0. Sensational cupcakes in saugus just 10 mins from boston. You really should try them they are simply sensational.

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    Jen — July 28, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Thanks for the note about Curly Cupcakes, I’ll have to check that out too.

    As mentioned in the post, we were only trying cupcake bakeries that were accessable via the T. We wanted to be able to rate bakeries that anyone could get to in the city. There are quite a few other bakeries that don’t meet that criteria. I’ll definitely have to try Sensational Cupcakes next time I’m in the Saugus area though.

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    hoppzor — July 28, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    you should have gone to Lyndell’s – the *real* Lyndell’s – in ball square close to Davis. their cupcakes are great. there is also an adorable cupcake-related story about Lyndell’s:

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    Gigi — July 28, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    I agree with everyone that this was a great idea and I love reading the reviews. I also second the idea of going to the real Lyndell’s in Somerville, it is the same place, but the original store. However in my opinion the best thing at Lyndells is their black and white cookies. They are like flat cupcakes more than cookies and the frosting on them is at least an inch thick. Their chocolate frosting is A-MA-ZING!!!

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    chris — July 29, 2009 at 1:15 am

    I have to give a nod to Lyndell’s in Somerville.I ended up with a ton of goods from them at The taste of Somerville.
    If you’re out on the T again you have to check out Sweet Tooth in South Boston just up Broadway from the Broadway T stop. Their cupcakes are enormous and are the absolute best I’ve ever had.
    They are also available at Lamberts in downtown Boston.

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    Megan — July 29, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I love the idea of the Boston Cupcake Crawl. All the cupcakes look amazing and makes me want a cupcake!

  25. #
    Ingrid — July 30, 2009 at 1:54 am

    VERY cool! I haven’t been to a bakery for cupcakes (anything, really) here in FL.

    Have you come down off your sugar high yet? 🙂

  26. #
    SK — July 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    It sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks for the recommendations and ratings – it’s always good to get another perspective (other than yelp)!

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    Elizabeth Jarrard — August 2, 2009 at 1:29 am

    that’s the cutest idea ever!!!
    i really enjoyed one of kickass cupcakes vegan pumpkin spice cupcakes once, and I hear that sweet has vegan offerings on Mondays! I can’t wait to check it out!

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    CB — August 4, 2009 at 4:00 am

    How fun! Man I wish we were neighbors. I’d love to cupcake crawl with you! I totally have to jank this idea for my hood. Complete with your cute little scorecards and goodie bags. J’dorable!

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    Debbie Flanagan — August 10, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Please come see me as part of your next cupcake crawl, Sugar Bakery… I am the cupcake lady ask for me. Always loooking to know if people enjoy my cupcakes:)

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    Debbie Flanagan — August 10, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Please come by sugar bakery ask for me, I would love to be part of your next adventure. Always looking to see what people think of my cupcakes 🙂

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    eatlivetravelwrite — August 19, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    What a great 24,24,24 theme!!

    I just got selected for this month and am very excited!

    I also just got back from Boston where I did a great walking tour of the North End Market area:

    (and the two posts that follow it!)

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    Mrs Hackney — August 22, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    What a brilliant idea! I think I’ll try and organise a cupcake crawl now! Loving the little bags you made 🙂

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