Ayup – we dipped those chocolates!
During the Santa Fe Culinary Tour in June, we visited CG Higgins Confections, one of 4 stops on The Chocolate Trail. This little shop was packed with truffles, caramel covered popcorn and many other goodies. None of us could resist bringing home a bag of of our very own sweets in addition to the fruit we hand-dipped.
Their chocolate case was bursting with an interesting variety of chocolates including those using local spices like chile.
While we didn’t dip chocolates at The Chocolate Smith, we did get to experience a little bit of everything as the owner had prepared bite-size samples of 10 different chocolates. Everyone’s favorite? Seasalt Caramel. (Really, what did we do before this amazing combo became all the craze?)
The Green Chili Chocolate was particularly tasty (and had quite the kick to it).
Not that any of us needed more sugar (or calories), but Whoo’s Donuts is owned by the Chocolate Smith folks and sits right next door. How could we resist taking a tour there, too? Happy Hour got us 2 for 1’s and we tried most everything in their cabinet. The favorite (not pictured) was a blue cornmeal donut. But my sweet tooth enjoyed the Dulce de Leche donut most.
For a slightly different twist, we visited Kakawa Chocolate House to sip on some drinking chocolates. The manager explained each version to us and we sampled everything from super spicy to super sweet. I’ll never think of “hot chocolate” the same way again.
We also checked out Todos Santos Chocolates. This tiny shop made it feel like it was fiesta time! We each got to try a couple from their most popular options.
And no, we did not visit these all in one day. Our visits were spread out over 4 days (and I never heard a complaint that it was too much!).
You can follow your own Chocolate Trail, but join us on the 2013 Santa Fe Culinary Tour and you’ll get to dip your own, visit the kitchen and talk to the chocolatiers.
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