It's days like yesterday that make me love my job. I'm planning a chocolate-themed class at the co-op for February and wanted to partner with a local chocolatier for the event. Right away I thought of Legacy Chocolates. I'm a huge fan of their Mayan sipping chocolate (how could you not love something called sipping chocolate?) and they have a shop very close to the co-op. My pal Darci also wanted to feature them in our newsletter, so off we went for a tour and visit with the shop manager.
I was a little bummed out and cranky that morning, but you'd never know it by the time we left. We were grinning like two little girls in a candy shop as we huddled in the kitchen, tasting 68 and 85% cocoa treats spiked with ingredients like chipotle peppers, pistachios, and champagne. And I think our enthusiasm for the chocolate earned us extra stories from the shop manager- about the history of chocolate, how to properly taste a truffle, and working with local creameries. Plus, he filled a hefty box with samples for our co-workers!
While I couldn't taste the truffles because they had dairy, there were plenty of chocolate medallions to satisfy my chocolate cravings. It was by far the smoothest and least bitter dark chocolate I've ever had (and believe me, I've had a lot).
I love the fact that it's my job to learn about and teach others about high quality natural foods. Especially chocolate.