The first chocolate factory was established in 1765 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and we haven’t stopped making it since!
Many people crave chocolate everyday and this could be due to the more than 300 chemicals that chocolate contains. A combination of sugar and caffeine as well as theobomine, a weak stimulant, give chocolate lovers a true boost after they eat it. Or it could be that it just tastes good!
I have included some drug store treats as well as some specialty chocolates.
“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” ~ Charles Dickens
Started in Chicago in 1939 with chocolates, Dove is famous for its Dove® Bar which founder Leo Stefanos created after watching his son chase the ice cream truck down the street. He spent months perfecting the ice cream bar and it was an instant success.
A must visit stop in San Francisco! Ghirardelli is one of the few original and continuously operating businesses in California.
” During the California Gold rush in the mid-1800s, Domingo Ghirardelli shrewdly discovered that the exhausted miners in from the fields were starved for luxuries and needed something to spend their gold dust on. To capitalize on this opportunity, he stocked chocolate delicacies to ensure that they solicited his shop.”
Developed by Le Cordon Bleu trained confectionary artist Katrina Markoff, this is the NOT TO BE MISSED treat on my list. Sample what you can in the store and enjoy the beautiful decor.
I recommend the Barcelona Bar “Deep milk chocolate melts into the mineral and sumptuous taste of sea salt and roasted almonds, reminiscent of Marcona, Spain.” If you can treat yourself or are buying a gift for a chocolate lover, I would get the Mini Exotic Candy Bar Library. And savor each bite!
Since you made it this far, I will now tell you a secret. I don’t like chocolate. That being said, I would like to try that Vosges Barcelona Heart. Yum! What is your favorite chocolate? Do you have any chocolate related memories?
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Even though you don't like chocolate (WHAT? How can that be?), this is a fine list. I like all things chocolate, but can't stop eating the ice cream version. It's a, "Ben & Jerry's follows me on twitter," loyalty issue, but it is delicious nevertheless. Thanks for sharing your top choices & I'll definitely try the Vosges Heart.
Really? You don't like chocolate? I've never tried Vosges Haut-Chocolat. I just love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups...maybe more than my children do! :-) Great list! It's almost midnight; that's not too late for a little chocolate snack, is it? x