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With the mornings growing crisper and a hint of color creeping into the leaves, it’s clear that fall has arrived— and what better a way to experience the crisp air and local color than with a walking tour?
This fall, enjoy the combination of fresh fall air, a little exercise, and a few delectable treats with the folks at Boston Chocolate Tours, as they provide a few popular chocolate tasting tours through Boston’s Back Bay and the South End neighborhoods, which are both easily accessible via public transportation.
Photo: South End of Boston by Tim Grafft
Each Boston Chocolate Tour is unique; the routes include complimentary samples at six to eight sweet shops, which change daily. So, folks can always expect to find something new, even if they’ve been on the tour before.
There are, however, a few shops that the chocolate tours consistently frequent. Here’s quick look at what they offer.
The name says it all about Hotel Chocolat, which is British in origin, but can be found on this side of the Atlantic at 137 Newbury Street. Hotel Chocolat specializes in luxury chocolates, which tour takers get a chance to sample and, of course, purchase. Special and seasonal chocolates are also available at Hotel Chocolat, including a terrifyingly tasty Halloween set; you can explore all of these options in the online shop.
Hailing from Switzerland, Teuscher brings another dimension of international flavor to Boston’s chocolate scene. The Champagne Truffle, which adds to each milk chocolate-coated chocolate ganache center a creamy infusion of Dom Perignon Champagne, is Teuscher’s signature chocolate and their bestseller for more than 60 years.
Nestled inside Copley Place, you’ll encounter Gourmet Boutique and a wide range of delightfully colorful truffles. The chocolate choices range from bars with bacon to cocktail-themed creations, all of which are daintily displayed around the store. You can also stock up for the colder months in Gourmet Boutique, which has several tea choices, as well as coffee and hot chocolate.
Photo: Summer Sangria Truffles via Facebook
All in all, Boston Chocolate Tours run between two and three hours. After the free samples at each shop, people on the tour get the opportunity to purchase chocolates at a discounted price, too! Reservations are required and can be booked here.
If you’re a fan of sweets but not necessarily chocolate, you might be more interested in the Cupcake Crawl sister tour. For folks who’d like to learn a little about making their own sweets, Boston Chocolate Tours also holds classes and workshops.
What’s your favorite chocolate treat? Let us know in the comments!
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