Beyond shock or surprise, reactions most often include tears, laughter, hugs, kisses, and sometimes threats along the lines of “I'm gonna kill him,” Dowd chuckled.
If you still want a more conventional, chocolates-and-flowers experience, try a tour of the Taza Chocolate factory in Somerville at 2 and 4 p.m. Thursday, and at several other regular times throughout the week.
The 45-minute walk-through includes a discussion of the South American farms that provide the company with its cocoa beans, according to marketing manager Robin Ruttle, as well as the processes of harvesting, drying, fermenting, and bean roasting and winnowing. Depending on the production schedule, you’ll get a fair dose of mouth-watering chocolate being made right before your eyes.
This Valentine's Day, Taza is selling a special bar for $8: The 3-ounce Coco Besos, which includes chocolate shavings within the actual bar and, as the name implies, a good amount of coconut, too.
“The appeal of the tour is learning about where chocolate comes from,” said Ruttle, noting its Mesoamerican roots. “It’s something that a lot of people love, but that they maybe don’t know that much about. This is a way to be mindful about what you’re eating, and take a look at something you’ve enjoyed forever from a different standpoint.”
Taryn Plumb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.