$15 for a 45-Minute Chocolate-Tasting Tour for Two at Alegio Chocolate ($30 Value)

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Guides tell visitors the story of Alegio's history and African cacao plantation while sharing 12 samples of all-natural chocolate

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Expires May 22nd, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Reservation required; subject to availability. 24hr cancellation notice required. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

A good chocolate is as indulgent as a house where the beds are all hot tubs and the couches are all beds. Treat yourself to this Groupon.

$15 for a Chocolate-Tasting Tour for Two ($30 Value)

During each 45-minute tour, guides describe the chocolate-making process on Claudio Corallo's plantation, which ships all-natural cocoa to Alegio from its small African island of São Tomé and Príncipe. In the manner of a traditional wine tasting, participants carefully savor 12 samples of handmade chocolates as the guide describes how Claudio derives his rich flavors from the botanical descendants of Africa's first cacao plants.

Alegio Chocolaté / Claudio Corallo

Alegio Chocolaté / Claudio Corallo uses cocoa made on a plantation, eschewing anything but the most basic ingredients, and sends palates halfway around the world—to a small African island, for instance. The volcanic São Tomé and Príncipe houses the plantation of Italian born agronomist Claudio Corallo. He and his family raise plants that are descended from Africa's first cacao population, which arrived in 1819. Their traditionalist methods eschew using additives such as vanilla or soy lecithin. Claudio, who has been featured on the BBC's Full on Food, is the subject of Alegio Chocolaté's tours, as he sends his storied creations to accompany his other handmade wares.

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