The World’s Most Perfect Food…

by agirlandhermutt on November 9, 2010

“Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world’s perfect food.” ~ Michael Levine

When I was a kid I was never really a chocolate addict. I liked it but I much preferred things like lemon bars or more savory items like popcorn. As an adult, I’ve learned to enjoy white chocolate, dark chocolate, and everything in between.

When I was at the Boston Local Food Festival last month I came across a local chocolate maker, Taza Chocolate.

I loved the stone ground quality of this chocolate and I loved that the company was dedicated to making a sustainable mexican-style chocolate. Win-Win Taza.

I was happily surprised to get an email a few weeks ago inviting me to take a tour of Taza with the Yelp Elite group. Yes please, and give me a +1!

My date for the night, Karen, and I were treated to a tour of the facility, some snacks, and a few chocolate cocktails.

Before we entered the factory, we were given some awesome hairnets to wear. This bowling ball of a head and hairnets are uber sexy, no?!

All of the cacao beans come from the Dominican Republic. They smell just lovely.

Next up was the roasting of the beans. These machines were found in the Dominican Republic at a candy factory that was shutting down, cleaned up and brought back to the states. What a great way to make use of perfectly good machines!

Checking out the cacao beans in the raw.

The next part of the tour was to see where the melting magic happened and “chocolate liquor” is made.

Finally, it was the tempering part of the process.

Wow…chocolate is messy! Smells super yummy but amazingly messy.

After the tour, we were treated to some sampling and treats. Samples and I are BFF. I love Sample Saturday at Costco!

One of my favorites was the Guajillo Chile. It had a nice spicy flavor right at the end and provided an awesome kick.

Russell House Tavern provided the cocktails. I was just there last week and was pleasantly pleased with their drinks so I was happy to see this name in the mix again.

The cocktail was a lovely mixture of  Karlsson’s Gold Vodka and Chocolate Mexican Extract.

The event at Taza was super organized and despite the crowd, we were still able grab a few bites to eat.

I managed to get home with a bag full of tasty treats and a fully belly. If that doesn’t scream a festive night, I don’t know what does!

Big thanks to Karen for being a great hairnet buddy. Its working for you. Seriously. Winking smile

QOTD: Do you like to do factory tours? I love tours of breweries, wineries and food joints. So fun to see where your food and drink come from!

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristina @ spabettie November 10, 2010 at 12:02 am

vodka + chocolate = YES PLEASE !!

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agirlandhermutt November 10, 2010 at 12:05 am

Right?! Perfect delight.

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Dorry November 10, 2010 at 1:13 am

I love tours! They remind me of watching Mr. Rogers when I was little – he always got to go to the coolest places. Hahaha. I would love to go to a bread factory or a chocolate factory.

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agirlandhermutt November 10, 2010 at 10:57 am

Mmm….a bread factory! Now you are talking. 😉

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Michelle November 10, 2010 at 10:58 am

I also love tours, but have only been to breweries and wineries… not sure what that says? 😉 This chocolate tour looks great, and the cocktails look even better!

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agirlandhermutt November 10, 2010 at 11:00 am

I might have to go back to make sure they were as good as I thought. 😉

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Noelle November 10, 2010 at 11:36 am

Well now I might like to try a chocolate drink with vodka LOL
You both rocked your hair nets! LOL

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Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin November 10, 2010 at 11:37 am

Wow what a cool tour plus tasty treats!! Those cocktails sound phenom!

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Alicia at Poise in Parma November 10, 2010 at 11:45 am

What a neat experience! I love a good tour of anything. My hubby has to put up with my vacation planning itineraries full of tours and stuff to do! God bless him for it!

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Joslyn @ missfitbliss November 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Jealous! You are such a bad influence. You just reminded me I have some delicious chocolate in the kitchen that must be eaten;)

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Aimee November 11, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Wow! I haven’t been on a factory tour before, but it does sound fun. The chocolate sounds so tasty too, what a fun place to visit.

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Tiffany @ Simply Shaka November 11, 2010 at 8:32 pm

What an awesomely amazing day. I so want to try those cocktails!

And yay for Yelp! I am on the Charlotte Elite and love all the events they sponsor. There is one on Monday at a new diner which has spiked milkshakes—eeep!!!!

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