A fine chocolate is like a fine wine: full-flavored, delicately structured, and inadvisable to consume while operating a Segway. Today’s Groupon gives you the keys to the chocolate kingdom: $25 gets you one ticket to the Taste of Chocolate Walking Tour, a $48 value. It’s two-and-a-half hours of crave-satisfying chocolate hopping. Your quest will take you through some of the most historic neighborhoods in Boston, where the so-called “black gold” runs in rich veins deep beneath the streets.
Tours start Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., with additional dates and times listed on the Taste of Chocolate website like golden tickets about to go on sale. Once you book your reservation online, you’ll receive your beginning location. Your starting point will be at a predetermined chocolocation in Back Bay or South End (Beacon Hill and Back Bay tour coming soon), or at Count Chocula’s castle (no flash photography). En route to the blissful dark side, you will stop at five or six different shops and bakeries where you will be showered in chocolaty knowledge and succulent samples. Come hungry. In fact, your veteran tour guides recommend an empty stomach—not because you will be eating pounds of chocolate (that depends on your self-control), but because, as before a bachelor party, you don’t want anything tainting your buds before the decadence that is soon to come.
If the name of the tour didn’t give it away, there will be walking. It’s less than a mile in total, but you should still wear comfortable shoes. This is as much a quest for learning as much as it is for sampling: You’ll learn about the history of different types of gourmet chocolate, how they’re created, the best practices of tasting and storage, and practical tips on invisibility. David Goldstein (Taste of Chocolate founder) or one of his well-trained guides lead the tours. The groups are purposely intimate (2–14 people), ensuring your questions will be answered, friends will be made, and nouns will all be verbed by tour’s end.
Fans of Taste of Chocolate on Facebook enjoyed their tour, giving four- or five-star ratings.
- We started our deliciously fun tour at Aura [sic, Aroa] - where the Executive Chocolatier gave us some lessons on how to taste chocolate, most of us were able to restrain ourselves long enough to actually learn something before we dove into their treats and we ended up at the new Hotel Chocolat - where we were treated to some new chocolate flavor sensations. With several chocolate filled stops in between we might've actually walked enough steps to counter balance all the chocolate we consumed! If not, it was still a delightful experience. – Suzi, Facebook
The Golden Ratio
Chocolaticians recommend that you walk .02 miles for every eight grams of chocolate you consume. Therefore, fitness is punctuated by fudgeness, and the more you walk, the more chocolate you can eat. In mathematics, this as known as Wonka’s Law, or simply the Golden Ratio, and it can be used to figure out much more than chocolate-consumption to walking ratios. What other proportions can it predict?
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