Milk chocolate is created by blending cocoa beans and milk, while white chocolate is created when young chocolates first encounter ghosts. Peruse all shades of chocolate with today’s Groupon.
$40 for a Two-Hour Chocolate-Tasting Class with Take-Home Treats for Two ($100 Value)
This sensory experience begins with a tour of the candy factory, including a look at a traditional candy kitchen filled with antique tools, chocolate enrobing lines, and a climate-controlled storeroom that holds the finished candies. After getting a glimpse of how the chocolate is made, groups discriminatingly taste the chocolate and pair it with other candies. Finally, you’ll try various kinds of chocolate while analyzing flavor qualities and discovering new favorites. Tastings also include samples of classic candy products, everyone goes home with a small sample bag of assorted goodies. Classes run on most Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., but dates are sometimes sporadic, so call ahead.
Preston’s Candy & Ice Cream
After frequenting Preston's Candy as a loyal customer for over 15 years, Irene Preston was given the opportunity to take over the business in 1997 and delve into the candy business. Although not related to the Preston family, Irene brought a deep commitment to preserving original recipes and techniques, while bringing her own inspirations to the table, such as fruit-infused creations. Artisan confectioners follow the original recipes, and craft candies on workhorse antique equipment. Their sweets have even wooed international taste buds, winning the Grand Champion Medallion of the International Truffle Competition three years in a row.
In addition to chocolates, the confectioners craft traditional favorites, such as peanut brittle, homemade Rocky Road chocolate with artisanal marshmallows and fresh walnuts, peppermint bark, and chocolate-covered honeycomb stolen from snoozing bees. In addition to filling their own candy shop and kitchen, the confections fill the digital shelves of their online store.