Food & Drink

Local craft suds in a chocolate factory

Published On 01/25/2013 Published On 01/25/2013

Possibly because Willy Wonka's one is guarded by terrifying, orange-faced, green-haired midgets who sing about eating candy in moderation, the dudes at Drink Craft Beer have orchestrated a clever takeover of the Taza Chocolate factory instead, where for a mere $5 donation to charity, they'll hook you up with four local craft brews paired with just the right Mexicano chocolate, plus access to all the chocolate bacon grilled cheese sammies you can take down

While stuffing your pockets full of handfuls of chocolate cubes, turn people's attention away by commenting on the river of chocolate and expensive-looking machinery visible through the factory window

Wash down said cubes with one of several suds including Slumbrew's My Better Half, Narragansett Bock, or Backlash's new "single hop single malt Belgian-style tripel ale" Famine

Just remember that dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, and has a low glycemic index similar to oatmeal, and will make you live forever and buy you ponies and stuff.

Now that your heart is healthy and you've got all these ponies, why don't you sample another beer like the Ipswich Ale Rye Porter

And now that you've knocked out dessert, it's time for dinner. So ignore the warnings of those ominous singing small people, and tackle this chocolate covered bacon sandwich from Roxy's featuring goat cheese, walnuts, and Taza's spicy Guajillo Chili chocolate.

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1. Taza Chocolate 561 Windsor St, Somerville, MA 02143 (Somerville)

The Taza Chocolate factory tour in Somerville is a chocolate-lover’s dream because you not only get to wear a fashionable hairnet while seeing how Taza makes its organic, farmer-friendly chocolate, but you also get to taste said chocolate. Taza makes it chocolate through a traditional Central and South American stone-grinding process that yields a finer, richer cocoa taste than you'd find in more mainstream candy bars. If you want to skip the whole learning bit and get right to the good stuff, you can also stop by The Taza Chocolate Bar in the Boston Public Market for some downright wicked hot cocoa.

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