When someone asks, “Want to go on a chocolate tour?” you scream, “YES! YES!” then do a crazed dance around your house, squealing with joy. This is what happened to me thanks to Hiphost Tours and their Chocolate Tour of Boston. Little did I know the awkward moment it would cause.
The first Chocolate Destination of the tour was Beacon Hill Chocolates (by the MGH stop on the Red Line) where all these luscious photos were snapped. Our guide, Bill, brought us to the back of the store where chocolate samples awaited slaughter by our teeth.
The first sample was a fluffy chocolate cube, but the highlight of my night is pictured above: Salted dark chocolate wrapped around rich caramel. I snapped fifteen awkward photos of myself while my taste buds belted operas of joy. Then suddenly… (WARNING: Awkward moment coming.)
…”Um, Lillie?” said my friend Eli who randomly walked in the store at that moment. “What the heck are you doing? Are you taking photos of yourself eating chocolate? Seriously?!”
“Oh, hi Eli!” I gasped, turning red and lowering my camera. Crumbs of chocolate flaked from the corners of my mouth. “I’m… I’m on a Chocolate Tour!” Eli gaped in disbelief. Trust me: You don’t quite realize how awkward it is to explain to someone that you’re on a Chocolate Tour until you do it.
I felt it all: Guilt, shame, giggles, and then… hunger. I was embarrassed, but ultimately, my soul craved another salted dark chocolate caramel more than it craved pride. Eli shook his head in disbelief and left to meet his wife, toting a tasteful bag of chocolate.
The embarrassment was short-lived, because then I discovered the hippo-shaped chocolates! I bumped my nose on the glass leaning in to kiss those sweet pink nosies. Oink, oink, burp!
Our tour was a special group: all Boston-area bloggers (so fancy to be invited on a press trip!), mostly young, social media-savvy ladies. Gaze at the photo below and see the seriousness with which all attendees Tweeted, Instagram-ed, and Facebooked the heck out of the tour. All while eating powerfully, of course!
So that’s what happened in the first hour of the chocolate tour. Enjoy the rest of the pictures! Please use caution as excessive drool may damage your computer.
Aching for other Boston tours? Pop by my write-up of the Boston Movie and TV Sites Tour, or the Boston Black History Tour, or the Big Dig Tour. I tour like crazy, baby, and I like it! Of course, I was a guest of Hiphost for this chocolate tour, but all opinions and lustful chocolate objectification are my own.
Dearest reader, do leave a comment saying which of these edible morsels YOU would shove into your mouth first, or which ones you find most visually appealing. Merci et Bon Appetit!
The author, Lillie Marshall, is 6-foot-tall National Board Certified Teacher of English, fitness fan, and mother of two who has been a public school educator since 2003. She launched Around the World “L” Travel and Life Blog in 2009, and over 3.7 million readers have now visited this site. Lillie also runs TeachingTraveling.com and DrawingsOf.com. Subscribe to her monthly newsletter, and follow @WorldLillie on social media!