Before the invention of candy, mankind had to make do with "nature's candy"—fermented cabbage, fruit the monkeys didn't want, and live, feather-covered Peeps. Celebrate man's triumph over nature and a whole lot more with today's Groupon: for $24, you get a two-hour Chocolate City Circuit tour (a $49 value) from Salmon Berry Tours, headquartered on West Third Avenue. Tours typically take place at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. every day.
Salmon Berry Tours’ Chocolate City Circuit is a two-hour small group tour that focuses on the culinary wonders of Anchorage. Start off with some sips of warm drinking chocolate before hopping on the bus to take in camera-friendly Anchorage sights, including views of the city from Bootleggers Cove, a walk along the fault line in Earthquake Park, and a cage match between sentient snowmen in Lake Hood. After the Anchorage jaunt, you'll head to two different chocolatiers to sample artisanal truffles. Enjoy the funky décor at Modern Dwellers and savor the flavors of unusual chocolates, including Asian-inflected candied ginger truffles and purple infusion truffles filled with lavender ganache.
At Alaska Wild Berry Theater and Park, watch daredevil elves get into tiny barrels and go over the edge of the 20-foot copper-kettle chocolate waterfall before you learn more about the making of chocolates and salmon berry jelly. Salmon Berry Tours is Alaskan owned and operated, and has spent more than five years giving locally focused, intriguing tours of the Last Frontier. Call ahead for a reservation.
Four Yelpers give Salmon Berry Tours a perfect five-star average: