Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Brooklyn Chocolate Tour Up and Running

I was thrilled to receive the email from Tony at A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours that my FAVORITE tour is staring up again, The Brooklyn Chocolate Tour ! I was honored to be on the first tour Tony did and it just blew my mind. It's so nice to have someone else handle the worries of travel for the day and take you to the best chocolate makers in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Chocolate Tour from A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours needs to be on your bucket list. I feel Tony's tours are the best to see Brooklyn, they are very carefree, and you can tell much work went into the planning of the tour.    
The new addition from when I did the tour is the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory in DUMBO, Down Under The Manhattan Bridge Overpass, and who does not love ice cream! Such a great addition I think and will go well with the other fabulous spots as well. 
We also visited Valentino Pier  in Red Hook, Brooklyn, which had gorgeous views of Lady Liberty  
We were really very lucky with the gorgeous day we had on this first of many chocolate tours! When you go on a tour with someone who is from Brooklyn, they will take you places you probably won't know to go on your own. That is what makes it worth while. 
The Chocolate Room was a place I had heard about and always wanted to visit. It did not disappoint. How nice of Tony to hold the door for everyone to check out this chocolate heaven! 
We were able to meet one of the owners, Jon Payson, which was very neat. He talked about how they started the shop, and we were able to ask questions. Now I must say, the smell in this place was like being in the chocolate room of Willy Wonka! It smelled so, so good. I could have stayed all day.  
We were treated to the most tasty hot chocolate, think of a melted chocolate bar! 
Their famous chocolate layer cake was given to us to taste in cupcake form.  
This was truly an amazing foodie experience. This place was really the highlight of the trip for me!  
Adorable cafe, not very big, but oh so worth the trip. I hope they open one in Manhattan in the future as I would be really thrilled! They do ship some of their items online.  

Raaka Co. Chocolate Factory in Red Hook was our next stop. Raaka is Finnish for "raw" because they do not roast the cocoa beans. Most chocolate that you buy is made by roasting the beans, this is a different process that produces some of the most amazing flavored chocolate. 
Happiness is Unroasted 
We also had the pleasure of meeting the co-owner here as well, Ryan Cheney, who talked about what was important to the company. Raaka supports in-country growth and development by giving cocoa farmers around the world an effective 20 percent raise for their beans.  
We had a tasting of about 5 of their bars, and one was better than the next. The coconut milk and apple pie were my favorites, and came home with me. 

The bars' gorgeous wrappers, are pretty amazing as well. Printed with soy inks on 100% recycled paper and processed with wind-generated energy, it's good for the planet, too. This apple pie bar is just unreal, you can actually taste the crust from the graham cracker on top. Sublime. 
Li-Lac Chocolates in Industry City was our last stop on the tour. This is the oldest Manhattan chocolate shop, opening in 1923. I have been to their location inside Grand Central Terminal, but this was a nice spot to check out their new place. Industry City is really growing by leaps and bounds. 

I never met a chocolate shoe I didn't like! They have some of the best chocolate molds here. 

This was amazing to see the chocolate being dipped on what looked like cookies! I was looking to see if Lucy was going to come and try to work the machine! (I actually have a hallmark ornament of her doing just that!) They are also in Chelsea Market and Greenwich Village. A must stop for the chocolate lover! 

This Brooklyn Choolate Tour was just wonderful. The time went by too fast, I need to do another one with a friend! The tours run Tuesday and Thursday, leaving from Union Square area. The tours run about 4.5 hours, cost is $80.00 per person, children under 12 are $70.00. Advanced tickets are required, and you will not be disappointed in this tour. You actually may wish to take it more than once, to cater to your chocolate and Brooklyn fix! The tour is worth every penny, you are also patronizing  small businesses, the bus tour company and chocolate shops. 

Disclosure: I was provided one ticket to attend this chocolate tour by A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours for this review. There has been no monetary compensation for this post. I only recommend products that I feel will be of interest to my readers, and that I am truly impressed by. All opinions are my own. Thank you!! 

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