(January 7-April 28, 2012)

It’s not an urban myth. It’s not a communicable delusion. It’s not a rumour propagated by Big Chocolate to drive chocoholics mad. It may not be a Chocolate Factory, complete with a chocolate river and Oompa Loompas, but it’s real. The Boston Chocolate Trolley Tour is real, as real as the orange Chocolate Trolley. As real as Boston.

Yes, get to Boston. Fly, drive, hike. You won’t regret it. Bostonians know their chocolate. Chocolate runs deep in Boston’s soul. Boston apothecaries began selling chocolate in the mid 1700‘s. They believed it salubrious for the brain, lungs and blood, and an effective anti-oxident agent. Dorchester, MA boasts the U.S.’s first chocolate factory. Ruth Wakefield invented Tollhouse Cookies at Whitman’s Tollhouse Restaurant, in Whitman, MA. The chocolate used for Oreo’s is manufactured in Mansfield, MA.

The Chocolate Tour Conductor volubly proffers chocolate factoids like these for Trolley patrons. He comes with the price of the Tour and can’t hide his passion for chocolate. The first stop on the three-hour Chocolate Trolley Tour elevates you 52 floors to the Top of the Hub in the Prudential Center for a chocolate surprise dessert and sweeping views of the city. 1100 BC? Chocolate’s earliest documented use. No, not in Boston, quips the Tour Conductor. In Puerto Escondido, Honduras. 

Next stop, the Omni Parker House Hotel, the oldest continually operating hotel in the U.S., and home of the Boston cream pie. After enough pie, chocoholics can strap up at the next stop: the surreal Chocolate Bar buffet at the Langham Hotel. Executive Pastry Chef Alex Luna has concocted more than 125 electrifying chocolate delicacies. Take a deep breath: Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding, Five Spice Chocolate Soup, Chocolate Maple Pecan Tartlets . . .

How does the Tour Conductor keep his figure? Only he knows. Additional sweets, surprises and trivia provided by Taza Chocolates, Necco Candy Factory and Beacon Hill Chocolates. Tour runs Saturday only from January 7 to April 28, 2012. Times: 11:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Departs from The Trolley Shop Store. $80 a pop, regardless of age.

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