I admit it.
I’m a chocoholic!
This weekend, my husband and I had the pleasure of fulfilling a chocoholics dream by taking a tour with Dallas By Chocolate.
I’m ashamed to admit that I had no idea that there were so many delightful gourmet chocolate shops hidden around the Dallas area. We had an incredible time on the tour as we discovered 4 fabulous chocolate shops and ate A LOT of samples of delicious chocolate. Plus several shops offered special discounts for purchases made during the tour!
Our tour guides included Steven Doyle of Crave DFW and fabulous organizer Jeanine Stevens. Wine and water are available on the bus as you drive between shops or you can bring your own. It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon enjoying chocolate and making new friends.
She Is Dallas Info: Dallas By Chocolate tours are at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and some Sundays. Special arrangements can possibly be made for weekday tours. Prices for tours are incredibly affordable at just $25 per person for limo bus tours which include up to 24 passengers or $70 per person for stretch limo tours for 1-8 passengers. Tours are held rain or shine. No refunds, but you can exchange for another tour. For more information, please contact Jeanine at [email protected] You can also visit the Dallas By Chocolate website or follow Dallas By Chocolate on Facebook.
The first shop on our tour was Elegantly Chocolate. Stacy Johnson, head chocolatier, was once in the auto racing business. She taught herself the art of chocolate making and creating beautiful gift baskets. Eventually she was able to devote all of her time to her craft and opened Elegantly Chocolate. Their chocolates are creamy and smooth and made with no preservatives or additives. The White Chocolate Peppermint Squares were delicious. They also have a fabulous toffee that you just have to try! Elegantly Chocolate specializes in ornately decorated gift boxes that you can completely customize.
Elegantly Chocolate is located at 2515 E. Rosemeade Pkwy., Carrollton, TX 75007. Phone (214) 679-7243. For more information, please visit the Elegantly Chocolate website. You can also follow Elegantly Chocolate on Facebook.
Next we visited Sublime Chocolate. Troy Easton is the owner and a dynamic person to talk to. He was born in England and moved to America when he was young. He got his law degree but couldn’t escape his passion for food and entertaining.
When our tour arrived at his shop, we were greeted with the most heavenly drink I’ve ever tried. Sipping Chocolate is nothing like hot chocolate. It’s like drinking the richest, most decadent chocolate syrup. Troy makes classic chocolates as well as some crafty creations. You’ve got to try Caliente with chile pepper, cinnamon, and cayenne. Or his Peanut Butter and Jelly covered in white chocolate. Or Chile N Lime. I’ve heard he even has a chocolate bacon creation but it wasn’t available during our visit. I guess I’ll have to go back again later to try that one!
Thank you Troy for taking us “behind the scenes” to teach us about tempering chocolate and letting us watch the cool process for enrobing chocolate. What a delightful visit!
Sublime Chocolate is located at 908 Market Street, Allen, Texas 75013. Phone (214) 383-6776. For more information, please visit the Sublime Chocolate website. You can also follow Sublime Chocolate on Facebook.
Our next stop was really exciting. The Dark Chocolate Bakery does not have a storefront because they only sell their goodies online but the owner, Jill Frank Edwards, was generous enough to invite our tour into her home to tell us about her delightful creations. These chocolate delicacies are definitely as their website describes them, “Divine Comforts for the Chocoholic”. Their specialty is individual miniature cakes made with the highest quality dark chocolate. They not only taste divine but are absolutely beautiful to look at and they are flash frozen before shipping to ensure that they will look just as beautiful when you get them to your home. We sampled their Signature Truffle Cake, Raspberry Mousse Cake, Heart of Darkness brownie bundts and Crinkle cookies. They were each so delicious and decadent. I can’t wait to order the German Chocolate Cake with Jack Daniels in it!
We were all high on chocolate by now but had room for one last decadent chocolate treat at the Chocolate Angel Cafe and Tea Room. This cafe is adorable with it’s elegant shabby-chic decor. It is owned by two sisters and we got to meet one of them, Sherrie McCall. She told the wonderful story of how she and her sister tried to recreate their mother’s fudge recipe after she had passed away. They opened a chocolate shop which then expanded to a full cafe, tea room, and catering service. The food is prepared fresh daily onsite. The menu is impressive and contains many family recipes.
We were each given a serving of Aunt Dot’s Fudge Pie. It was oozing warm gooey chocolate! So yummy!
The Chocolate Angel Cafe and Tea Room is located at 635 West Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080. Phone 972-234-8099. For more information, please visit the Chocolate Angel website. You can also follow Chocolate Angel on Facebook.
I gained 1o pounds on this tour but I’ve got to say it was worth it! The tours are only $25 per person and I have no doubt that I ate more than $25 worth of chocolate along the way! What a great way to explore your love for chocolate and find some new places to fill all of your chocolate desires!