Chocolate adventures in Boston and beyond...

French Onion Soup with a Chocolate Twist

Fans of the TV show “Portlandia” might recall more than a few references to chocolate in its various forms throughout the series. Though not a cacao connection, yet another now infamous episode spurred the pop culture reference “put a bird on it,” formally acknowledging the modern design aesthetic trend of putting fowl on everything from […]

Tiny Chocolate Company with Boston Roots Takes on Nestle’s Bunny

In the world of chocolate, so much of the products widely available to consumers are produced by a very small group of companies, who have cornered the market in terms of market share. As consumers continue to become educated on cocoa sourcing and what goes into quality chocolate products, many are finding themselves looking for […]

Former New England Patriot Turned Chocolatier Darryl Haley

Many chocolate makers and chocolatiers find their way to the world of chocolate through very different means. Prior career paths can include everything from financial analysts, teachers, doctors, environmental scientists, and sometimes even former professional football players. At least that’s the story for Darryl Haley, who was an offensive lineman for the New England Patriots […]

Corporate Chocolate Tasting Events for Team Builders and Company Gatherings

  We love running chocolate tours in Boston, but that’s just one of the ways we try to help broaden folks’ appreciation of chocolate. We also offer a variety of chocolate tasting events and experiences, sometimes with the chocolate serving as its own exploration, and other times as an element in a pairing–such as chocolate […]

Learning More About Local: Kakosi and NuFudge

  Chocolate truly is a wonderful world, and here in Boston, we are so lucky to be the home of so much history, invention, and innovation within that realm. Our goal at Cocoa Beantown chocolate tours, always, is not only to share information with guests about chocolate, but to be a resource for helping folks uncover […]

Spindler Confections in Cambridge

The Boston area’s connections to sweets runs deep. Consider the fact that the very first chocolate factory in the United States was started in Dorchester, the first roadside confectionary in the country was started in Shrewsbury, and the NECCO candy factory operated out of Cambridge for decades before relocating to Revere. Not far from the […]

A Treat from Paris

One of the unexpectedly nice things about doing chocolate tours has been the fact that I have been able to make friends with so many kind and thoughtful folks that own or run businesses in Boston. One such person, Martha Fields, the owner of Gracie Finn in the South End, made a very special trip […]

Chocolate Desserts at Brasserie Jo

This weekend, in celebration of my birthday, I went out to dinner with a group of dear friends with included my Chocolate Companion and my best friend who was born on National Chocolate Day. For the fourth year in row, I selected Brasserie Jo in the Colonnade Hotel in Boston as the location of the […]