This weekend I took my wonderful mom on a Philadelphia Chocolate Tour. I got her this present for her birthday last year and we were just able to find time to go now!
The tour met at 10:45 am in front of Reading Terminal Market.
We were greeted by our tour guide and given a brief history of chocolate and the cocoa bean.
Then it was off to the (chocolate) races!
We started off at Famous 4th Street Cookie Co.
The chocolate cookie recipe here has been a family secret for the past 25 years and the cookie is still made the same way.
The chocolate chip cookie did not disappoint!
Mom got to work on her cookie! Yum!
Next we hit up an amazing little chocolate gem known as Verde. This is not a ‘normal’ chocolate shop because its mainly a flower and gift shop first. It is an adorable little boutique with so many amazingly cute things. I need to go back there and get my shop on.
Inside Verde, Marcie Blaine chocolates are being created.
Doesn’t this guy look like Chuck Bass? Any Gossip Girl fans out there?
We got to samples a few different chocolates off a tray.
I enjoyed my mint julep – made of heirloom mint and bourbon. My mom tried the Lolita Margarita which had tequila, lime and passion fruit. Both tasted like the drinks!
All these chocolates were so intricately designed with awesome flavors. I want these for my wedding!
In between each stop we did a little walking tour of the city. It felt good to walk off some of that chocolate! 🙂
Our third stop was the Bellevue.
There we hit up the famous Teuscher chocolate store.
“Tea for two, and two for tea” …excuse my singing! Ha!
At teuscher we got to meet the manager and learn a little bit about these Swiss chocolate treats.
Here we got to try the world famous champagne truffles. These were my favorite thing on the tour! I loved them!
The signature Champagne truffle is made with Dom Perginon champagne and dark chocolate cream ganache.
I wanted to eat all the truffles, but these bad boys were $$! For $6.50 you could get only two truffles! Wowsers!
The teuscher store changes decorations seasonally, 4 times a year. These flowers are handmade and very intricate and delicate. So pretty!
Fiance…cough cough… :)
Part of our tour group posing for a picture.
After spending some time in Switzerland we headed over to Miel Patisserie to get the French take on chocolate.
At Miel we got to try the Luxe.
The Luxe consisted of dark chocolate mousse, raspberry and vanilla Bavarian , chocolate and cocoa.
It was delicious.
It even tied for first place for my favorite treat on the tour!
“Miel’ is the French word for honey. I enjoyed the decor that tied in with the name.
Miel also had a really nice outdoor space to take your chocolate outside and enjoy on a lovely day!
After hanging out in France we headed back to Switzerland to Swiss Haus Bakery.
Here we got to try a bunch of different treats – an apricot creation, pecan pie and a hazelnut treat, which Swiss Haus is most famous for.
I loved it all!
I might be coming back to Swiss Haus to check out this Oreo Stuffed Cup Cake. This guy was massive!
We also got to try some rye bread which was made with sauerkraut. It wasn’t chocolate, but it was really yummy!
Last stop on the tour was Capogiro. Can you believe I live in Philadelphia and have never been here?
Lots of gelato!
Here we got to try out some icey chocolate.
There were 4 flavors – chocolate, darker chocolate, darkest chocolate and chocolate chip.
My favorite was the chocolate chip!
Before we knew it, that was the end of our tour – and we were a little bit chocolate’d out! We had an awesome tour guide and had a fabulous time checking out some different chocolate stores in Philly!
Like mother, like daughter. Chocolate lovers for life!
Are you a chocoholic? Would you go on a Chocolate Tour?
Adora is definitely not going to cut it after reading that post! I need some good chocolate today 🙂
That all looks amazing! I'm sure you had a wonderful time. Of course I would love to go on a chocolate tour. What a crazy question!
That sounds really fun. I'll have to look into something like that next time we go on vacation to a city.
oh my word that looks like HEAVEN!!! I'm definitely adding this to my must do list!!!
This sounds like SO much fun!! I don't know if I could ever do it though because I am a true chocoholic! I would have so much trouble trying to decide what to sample!
Are you kidding me?! That puts Willy Wonka to SHAME!! How fun. Chocolate makers just look so happy:)
Thanks sweetie for such a lovely time! I'll always be a CHOCOLATE lover!
I seriously would think about going on a chocolate tour. There is something to be said for Philadelphia and its food finds 🙂
Fabulous pics – as always!!!
wow, that is sommmmmme tour! i need to go on one of those, being the chocolate guru i am!
That tour is on my list to try. Glad you liked it!
Some friends and I have plans to do the chocolate tour next month! Reading this post made me even more excited 🙂 Oh and you and your mom look so much alike!