A fine chocolate is like a fine wine: full-flavored, delicately structured, and inadvisable to consume while operating a Segway. Enjoy stationary sweet sips with today's Groupon: for $7, you get a chocolate tasting class, with 12–20 chocolate samples and a notebook and pen for your own chocolate journal, at the Chocolate Apothecary.
The Chocolate Apothecary unleashes the charm of chocolate on Spokane sweet teeth with an array of confections and a cacao-centric curriculum, best showcased in its chocolate tasting classes. Former pharmacy student Susan Davis takes students on a 60-minute sensory safari through a candy land of spices, nuts, and fruits, offering chocoholics a better understanding of the complexities of chocolate. You'll pop chocolate after chocolate, learning and appreciating the treat in ways not allowed for by candy bars hastily scarfed down in convenience-store parking lots. The tasting class comes with a journal and a pen, allowing students to record their chocolate-influenced epiphanies without having to scrawl on a napkin with a melted-down truffle. Surrender to the sweet life and call ahead to schedule a reservation for edible education with the Chocolate Apothecary.
Chocolate Apothecary was named a 2008 Tourism Award Winner and won the In the Bag award, which honors one outstanding shopping experience, from Inland Northwest Tourism Awards. The Gonzaga Bulletin and the blog ChocolateSpeak highly recommend it:
- Chocolate Apothecary uses only the finest chocolates in their cocoas and they are beyond delicious. We sampled the Triple Chocolate, made with a German chocolate, and were immediately overwhelmed by the rich flavor we took in. It was certainly thicker than normal cocoa made with powder, which was a bit of a strange transition, but it was absolutely delicious. I actually think I had a dream about this drink last night. – Jill Przybyla, Gonzaga Bulletin
- The store is a chocophile's dream, as well as a chocolate critic's treasure trove. I was thrilled to find hard-to-get brands such as Amano and Hachez as well as happy to be introduced to new brands such as Caoni 100% Cacao Arriba, a line that specializes in Nacional/Arriba chocolate from Equador, offering three varieties of the Forastero flavor bean: Esmereldas, Los Rios and Manari. – Sandra Andrews-Strasko, ChocolateSpeak