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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9 Responses to “Boston Chocolate Tour – A Review”

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — August 31, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Great review! I’ve taken the chocolate making workshop run by the same company and really enjoyed it!

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    Kerry — August 31, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    What a great review. I’ve never done a chocolate tasting tour before, but it sounds right up my alley! My boyfriend is from Boston, and we usually look for fun things to do in the city when we go back to visit his family and friends! I may suggest this for next time! 🙂

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — August 31, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I just went on the Harvard Square Chocolate Tour last week (and wrote a review on my blog too) and had an awesome time. The South End one looks great too, I’m very jealous we didn’t get to try any chocolate martinis in Harvard Square!

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    newlywed — August 31, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Looks like fun! I can see how the price is a little high…I’ve found many of those concoctions on my own. Love the South End Buttery!

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    C — September 1, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Great review, all of the chocolate treats look delicious! I looked into doing one of these tours but felt the price was a little much.

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    David — September 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm

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    David — September 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks for coming on the tour. I think the review is very fair and I do love Katie and that tour. The beauty of that tour in addition to the eclectic neighborhood is that all the shops are small owner operated shops who sometimes keep different hours. Missing Blunch and their chocolate chip cookie (a Yelp favorite) Chocolee and the unbelievable chocolate beignets and the other “secret” stop that is often the tour favorite that may make change you your conclusion 🙂 You are more than welcome to come again or to another tour.

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    yumventures — September 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    I loved this, it was sooo fun!

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    Jenny @ Anything Pretty — September 13, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Oh wow…how yummy. I had never heard about these types of tours before but it looks like it would be something that we would really enjoy!

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