Boston trolley tour tempts chocolate-lovers
April 21, 1997
Web posted at: 4:02 p.m. EDT (2002 GMT)
BOSTON (CNN) -- The average American consumes 12 pounds of chocolate a year. In Boston, some tourists may be tilting the scales, as they set out to savor some of the city's sinfully sweet creations.
For $35, the Old Town Trolley Company offers a chocolate tour of Beantown. With three stops, participants get not only plenty of chocolate, but a helping of history as well.
Massachusetts has a long-standing love affair with chocolate. Both the hot fudge sundae and the infamous Tollhouse cookie were invented here. And, according to a tour guide on the chocolate route, the first chocolate factory in the nation was established in Boston in 1765.
Le Meridien Hotel was the first stop for chocolate-lovers on a recent trolley tour. The eager epicures descended on Sunday brunch, where they made a noticeable dent in the dessert selection. But that was only an appetizer.
Next, they headed for Sonsie Restaurant, for a rich chocolate cake with raspberry sorbet.
Then they headed to their final destination, the Hampshire House. There, Swiss-born chef Markus Rippenger presented a specially-prepared delicacy -- creamy chocolate soup.
"It's melted swiss chocolate," explained the chef, "And I boiled the milk and thickened it with some egg yolks and roasted slivered almonds."
Low fat, it's not. But oh so good.
Correspondent Liz Weiss contributed to this report.
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