Whether you’re a local or a tourist, there’s really no better way to experience a city than a chocolate tasting tour. When you combine sightseeing with decadent gourmet chocolate, you really just can’t go wrong. As part of the current food tour phenomenon, chocolate tasting tours can be found all over the United States in major cities. From the mountains to the prairies, Americans appreciate their chocolate. Another great thing about these tours is that they’re all done on foot, so you’ll get a feel for the city you’re in and walk off the excess chocolate calories.
Chocolate Indulgence Tour by Savor Seattle
This 2-hour walking tour in the beautiful city of Seattle includes over 15 chocolate tastings. You’ll learn about Seattle’s chocolate history and its 50+ chocolatiers, and get tips on how to best savor this decadent dessert. This tour doesn’t include just any old chocolate—you’ll be offered President Obama and the First Lady’s favorite chocolates, the cookie named one of the best desserts by Seattle Magazine, Chef Tom Douglas’s famous Triple Coconut Cream Pie, and much more. Although all ages are welcome on this tour, be aware that the first stop is in a cocktail lounge, and guests under the age of 21 will have to remain in the lobby for their chocolate tasting.
Length: 2 hours Price: $49/person
Website: Savor Seattle Tours
Gourmet Chocolate Tour by Gourmet Walks
San Francisco is the place to go if you’re interested in innovative chocolate. This west coast city is at the center of a new wave of artisan chocolatiers experimenting with high-quality beans, new production methods, exotic fillings, and extraordinary packaging. Your 3-hour walking tour will take you from the San Francisco waterfront to Union Square, stopping to taste at 7 chocolate shops as you go. You’ll be offered ample samples—expect to have treats to bring home afterward. In addition to the tastings, you’ll learn about the history of chocolate, its health benefits, and the latest chocolate trends. You’ll also see the area where Ghiradelli first set up shop during the Gold Rush so many years ago.
Length: 3 hours Price: $50/person
Website: Gourmet Walks Chocolate Tour
Beacon Hill Chocolate Walking Tour by Boston Chocolate Tours
On this 2.5-hour tour through the historic and luxurious neighborhood of Beacon Hill, you’ll acquire a myriad of chocolate samples, tips on tasting, and knowledge about buying and storing fine chocolate. The featured stop on this tour is Beacon Hill Chocolate, voted Best Boston Chocolatier in 2009 and 2010. The variety of chocolate on this tour is also a highlight; you’ll experience everything from chocolate soup to fondue fountains. Delight all of your senses with fine chocolates and gorgeous Boston landmarks as you stroll through one of the best-loved parts of Boston.
Length: 2.5 hours Price: $48/person
Website: Boston Chocolate Tours of Beacon Hill
Chicago Chocolate Tours
This chocolate tasting tour company offers several different routes depending on the day and time of your tour. All of the tours are 2.5-3 hours long and feature select chocolate shops, bakeries, and cafes. You’ll find the most traditional and popular chocolate spots on this tour as well as some hidden gems and unconventional chocolate desserts. Learn about the world history of chocolate as you stuff yourself with the sweetest treats. Don’t worry, you’ll walk off the calories while taking in Chicago’s world-famous architecture.
Length: 2.5-3 hours. Price: $40
Website: Food on Foot Tours
NEW YORK CITY
World Famous Sweet Tooth Tour by Food on Foot Tours
Food on Foot extends their “eat like a New Yorker” slogan to the dessert scene with their World Famous Sweet Tooth Tour. This tour was ranked the #3 “Sweetest Attraction in the USA” by TripAdvisor in 2010. Although the 3.5-hour NYC adventure includes several kinds of sweet treats, you’ll enjoy more than your fair share of chocolate. This Manhattan tour is guaranteed to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth, and you’ll also get the chance to grab a more savory bite to eat if you so desire. Although this is primarily a walking tour, you will need to purchase a Metro pass ahead of time as public transportation is necessary during the tour.
By the way, the New York City Food on Foot Tour is also featured on our New York Explorer Pass.
Length: 3.5 hours Price: $49/person
Website: Food on Foot Tours