Life is like a box of chocolates—it ends quickly when it tumbles into lava. Enjoy the transient experience of sweet pleasure while you can with today's Groupon to The Chocolate Gecko. Choose between the following options:
- For $7, you get $15 worth of in-store chocolates.
- For $13, you get a customized chocolate-making class (a $25 value).
Wielding an arsenal of deliciously deserved awards, The Chocolate Gecko handcrafts decadent confections using all-natural ingredients. Choose from a selection of sugary specialties, such as a quarter-pound of Spicy Komodo Crunch, cayenne pepper-infused toffee coated in 60% dark belgian chocolate, imbued with 40% dragon wisdom, and sprinkled with toasted pecan or almond pieces ($8). A trio of fruit-flavored dark-chocolate Tropical Tree Frogs ($6) often dream of hopping gracefully across peanut-butter cups ($10 for four) posed as delicious lily pads.
Those looking to get their hands cloaked in cocoa will appreciate the chocolatiering class, where students learn how to mint chocolate coins and dodge the resulting counterfeiting charges. Experienced chocolate crafters will impart the basics of tempering, how to make molded truffles and hand-rolled truffles, and how to whip up chocolate ganache to enhance cakes or lackluster quarterly reports.
The Chocolate Gecko
At The Chocolate Gecko, award-winning chocolatiers swirl together fresh fruit, spicy cayenne pepper, and a splash of rich liqueurs to form decadent treats comprising all-natural ingredients. The shop’s multi-tiered shelves sprout batches of chocolate-dipped fruit and classic sweets, such as peanut-butter cups, turtles, and rich, butter toffee komodo crunches. Molded truffles burst with creamy liqueur-infused fillings and take on a variety of shapes, including Aztec pyramids, tiny Buddhas, and the heads of former Supreme Court justices.
The Chocolate Gecko’s sweet-tooth-appeasing staff shares its confectionary wisdom during one-hour chocolate-making classes, which have covered such sweet-concocting skills as tempering basics, concocting both molded and hand-rolled truffles, and reverse engineering the Cadbury Bunny. The Chocolate Gecko encourages guests to bring along alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverages to complement the velvety morsels of each class.
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21 Colvin Ave.
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