We love food tours.  Giving our tastebuds a bit of employment while exploring an area is a pretty fantastic adventure.  And, Great Food Tours delivers a wonderful chocolate adventure in Beverly Hills, California.  Learning tidbits of history in this famous city while sampling delicious chocolates is a win-win situation.

Our guide, Lyndia, started our tour outside Sprinkles Cupcakes. This small shop is home to the Cupcake ATM.  Yep, cupcake ATM.  We did not order a cupcake from the machine, but we love that anytime of the day or night, we can get our cupcake fix.  According to our guide, the ATM cupcake came about when the owner, Candice Nelson, was pregnant and wished she could get a late night cupcake.  Good news, if you’re in Las Vegas, New York (Upper East Side), Dallas, Chicago or Atlanta, you too can partake in the Cupcake ATM experience, or you’ll just have to visit Beverly Hills.

Cupcake ATM full view

You won’t get money from this ATM machine.

Their cupcakes were tasty, but then we had their ice cream and realized we found a winner.  Directly next door to Sprinkles Cupcakes is Sprinkles ice cream and cookies.  Our sample included a scoop of triple chocolate ice cream.  Serious yum.

Sprinkles ice cream store front.  It is modest to look at, but their ice cream rocks!

Sprinkles ice cream store front. It is modest                to look at, but their ice cream rocks!

The interior of the ice cream shop.

The interior of the ice cream shop.

Double chocolate ice cream heaven.

Triple chocolate ice cream heaven.

We continued our journey to another sugary stop called Sugarfina.  What a find.  The ambience of Sugarfina made us feel like royalty.  We had a few minutes to select our samples, but not really enough time to drool and inspect all the choices available.  So after the tour, we came back for round two.  An interesting tid bit about this stop is the owners traveled the world sampling candies from around the world – and Sugarfina was born.

Sugarfina adorned with a Beverly Hills palm tree

Sugarfina adorned with a Beverly Hills palm tree

Fancy-pants without being over the top

Fancy-pants decor but not over the top

Our samples

Our samples – Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Seeds and Dark Chocolate Orange Peel – sugar at its finest.

Sugarfina samples - labeled

After we flipped out over all the great flavors and cute gift ideas, Lyndia took us to our next stop: Edelweiss Chocolate Factory.

Edelweiss is a gem and one with quite the history.  Starting in 1942, Edelweiss has been frequented by many celebrities since its opening and continues to have its frequent fliers.  Their chocolate stands on its own, but perhaps one of the coolest pieces of history is that Edelweiss is the cause for the adorably famous I Love Lucy episode where Lucy and Ethel get jobs on the factory line at a candy company.  According to our guide, after Lucille Ball was exposed to the conveyor belt in the back of the candy shop, it inspired her to conceive of a comedy skit involving making candy.  She wanted to learn how to make the candy so she worked onsite for three weeks.  Being able to tour their facility made this tour worth the money.

The famous conveyor belt

The famous conveyor belt

A tribute to a piece of history in the making - the famous I Love Lucy episode

A tribute to a piece of history – the famous I Love Lucy episode

One might think the tour would end at Edelweiss, but it didn’t.  We motored on to another fancy-pants chocolatier, Vosges Haut-Chocolat.  This place blew our mind.  We enjoyed endless samples of chocolate in a chocolate palace with decor inspired by  Katrina Markoff’s travels and culinary expertise.  And, man, this place does not disappoint.  Clearly, her concept of “Travel the World through Chocolate” is one that is nurtured by the fusion of ingredients that deliver not only a tasty experience but a sensory one as well.

A sign inside the shop

A sign inside the shop – pretty much sums it up.

Gorgeous decor

Gorgeous decor

Vosges Haut-Chocolat sample

A wonderful piece of chocolate

Incredibly different chocolate experience

Incredibly different chocolate experience

We thought the tour was over.  But, nope….one more stop: Beverly Hills Brownie Company.  Holy brownie – our head was spinning with all the different choices.  We sampled the classic chocolate brownie, which was decadent and a slice of happiness. A brownie lover could keep their tastebuds busy for days without repeating a flavor.  Wow, just wow.

Oh, the choices.

Oh, the choices.

And, that our friends, is how you enjoy some chocolate – in style.

-Peace out,
The Franci