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