Monday, September 8, 2014

Chocolate Therapy

I recently had the opportunity to attend a Wine and Chocolate Tasting at Chocolate Therapy in Framingham. Actually, that's only partially true - it wasn't that recent. It was in July but I got caught up in having too much summer fun (and wine) to write about it. It was a fun and informative night though so I wanted to make sure I circled back to tell you about it!

Chocolate Therapy is owned by husband and wife team, David and Pam Griffin, who are passionate and knowledgeable about all things chocolate (and friendly to boot!). When we arrived we were greeted in the front store by Pam with wine in hand and offered chocolate samples. I wouldn't mind being greeted like that every time I walked in a door! We were then escorted back to a private room with tables set for 4 to 6 people. I brought a friend with me as did my blogging bud, Jess of Keeping Mommy Sane, so we all sat together for a fun girls night out.

The night started with David giving us a run down on chocolate history, facts, and types. We taste tested cacao nibs, coco butter, along with dark, milk, and white chocolate. As a team the owners also discussed some of the health benefits of dark chocolate. They said a lot of things but my main takeaway was that I totally need to eat more chocolate :)
After some learning, the real fun began - the eating and drinking! Here was our menu from the event with the pairings. Pam works hard (and enjoys every second of that work) to find complimentary and unique pairings.

The Sea Salt Caramel paired with the Sherry was my favorite and I also really enjoyed the Pinot Grigio pairing. Those were my top two but they were really all good which somewhat surprised me since I am not a red wine drinker and didn't think I would enjoy those as much as I did. It just goes to show once again that chocolate makes everything better! 

Oh, and in case there was any doubt about the health benefits of the ingredients in their chocolates, I took this picture for photographic evidence!

After the event was over, we headed to the front to make a few purchases and pose with cacao pods (obviously!).
Jess and I should totally be chocolatiers
We really enjoyed our night and it was a nice change of pace and something different to do!

Chocolate Therapy has two locations - Framingham and Dedham (Legacy Place). You can like them on Facebook HERE and follow them on Twitter HERE. You can also learn more about the events and parties they offer by clicking HERE.

*I was invited to attend this event free of charge. I made a friend buy me chocolate at the end. As always, all opinions are my own.*
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