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: for $44, you get one ticket to the New Cuisine Chocolate Tour or the Luxury Chocolate Tour from New York Chocolate Tours (a $70 value). The New Cuisine Chocolate Tour departs Thursdays–Sundays at 12:30 p.m., and the Luxury Chocolate Tour decamps Thursdays–Sundays at noon. Both tours last approximately two hours.
The two-hour New York Chocolate tours lead sweet tooths through a slew of establishments owned by chocolatiers with diverse backgrounds, nationalities, and techniques. Cocoa connoisseurs on the New Cuisine Chocolate Tour will explore the sights of SoHo while trotting to five elite American chocolate boutiques. During the Luxury Chocolate Tour, walkers parade by Upper East Side street cafés and French bistros on a quest for exotic European confectionaries. Delight in the premium cacao that melts into Grand Marnier truffles, violet-infused squares of chocolate, and other recipes more sweet and complex than love notes written by E.E. Cummings. Whether roots, spices, and flowers are a chocolate master's secret weapon, or a factory opens your eyes to the bean-to-bar process, New York Chocolate tours are sure to please ambrosia seekers' callings.