Inspired, and not quite at chocolate overload level, we made one more stop: Taza Chocolate Factory in Somerville. Not officially in Boston, true, but a must-do field trip for the chocoholic, this artisanal factory produces a gutsy, gritty variety of organic, stone-ground chocolate. Taza founder Alex Whitmore first tried stone-ground chocolate in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2005. It was love at first bite, so Whitmore decided to open a chocolate factory at home using the same traditional methods. An hourlong tour ($5 per person, reservations required) reveals that Whitmore hand-carves the granite millstones used to grind cacao into rustic bars and disks. Making these bars taste even sweeter: The company is all about sustainability, and they even use bikes to deliver chocolate to local retailers. The best part of the tour is the sampling, featuring chili-spiked chocolate and factory-limited flavors. 561 Windsor St., Somerville, 617-284-2232, www.tazachocolate.com
Too many calories to count later, we still hadn’t hit all of Boston’s chocolate hot spots. Catch you next time, Chocolee, Finale, L.A. Burdick, and hotel chocolat. We’ve got guests coming from Switzerland and we can’t wait to show them how Boston does chocolate. And if we’re not up to the task (as if!), we’ll set them up with the folks at Boston Chocolate Tours (www.bostonchocolatetours.com). They offer guided walks year round.
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