I’m just going to come out and say it:
I’m a fan of chocolate.
Especially dark chocolate. Good dark chocolate. The darker the better.
The king of all chocolates? Easy. Taza.
Taza makes amazing stone ground chocolate in Somerville, MA. Totally worth the 45 minute drive. It’s that good.
I could easily get it on Amazon, but that’s just not as much fun. Going to Taza is a chocolate lover’s dream come true.
You can register for one of their tours (been there, done that, plan on doing it again) or just visit their Factory Store to pick up whatever you need to satisfy your addiction.
That’s what Lynne and I did recently, because our stash had run out.
The first thing that hits you when you visit Taza? The smell. It’s like chocolate flavored air.
I can’t think of another way to describe it.
The next thing that will grab your attention is the jars along the walls. Jars full of different chocolates. Lighter chocolates, darker chocolates, flavored chocolates (cinnamon, coffee, vanilla, guajillo chili, just to name a few).
You can taste them all (warning: addictive)!
Taza’s chocolate is pretty special in a number of ways, and I won’t go into all of them or this post will end up sounding like a commercial (organic, GMO free, and so on).
I will say this though: it’s nice to find a product where you can count the ingredients on one hand, and easily pronounce all of their names.
One of it’s most defining characteristics is how the chocolate is made. The cacao is actually ground between two stone mills that are hand carved by one of the company’s co-founders.
The process is a recreation of traditional Mexican chocolate making methods that are hundreds of years old – it’s pretty cool to see.
The result is an incredibly rich and rustic chocolate – it has a texture that’s almost gritty with chocolaty goodness.
Of all the different flavors they offer, Lynne and I prefer the 87% Bolivian Bar. Rich, 87% dark chocolate, made from direct trade Bolivian cacao – it’s insane.
A fresh box of these bars is just about the best thing on earth.
The only down side to Taza? They’ve literally ruined me for other chocolates. It’s now almost impossible for anything else to compare!
…and don’t even get me started on the hot chocolate you can make with this stuff.
Another thing that’s fun? They kind of remind me of a Wonka bar: