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How Sweet It Is In Boston

Written by: R. J. Donovan
Photo: R. J. Donovan

Chef Magnifique from the Old Town Trolley's Boston chocolate tour.

Chef Magnifique from the Old Town Trolley’s Boston chocolate tour.

Boston radio host Jordan Rich (left) recently welcomed “Chef Magnifique” (own our Evan O’Brien, of course) from Old Town Trolley’s One & Only Boston Chocolate Tour to his late night talk show on WBZ-AM.  
The fully-narrated, three-hour journey of decadent desserts and chocolate trivia features tempting visits to Top of the Hub Restaurant, the historic Omni Parker House Hotel and The Langham, Boston. Each tour features a special “Character Chef” who theatrically imparts sweet wisdom while conductors guide guests on their flavor-filled journey.

Guests also receive surprises from Beacon Hill Chocolates, located on historic Charles Street.   Plus Boston’s Head Conductor, Ted Galo, updated the tour this past winter to include a special, on-board “old fashioned” chocolate making lesson complete with samples and surprises presented in partnership with Taza Chocolates, the only maker of 100% stone ground chocolate in the United States.

Did you know that chocolate was originally a luxury of the wealthy? Or that Boston apothecaries began to sell chocolate in the mid 1700’s based on a belief that it was beneficial to one’s health; that the country’s first chocolate factory was located in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and that the amount of caffeine in chocolate is often greatly exaggerated? Guests learn all that and more during their sweet experience.

Boston General Manager, Matthew Murphy, commented,  “Our Chocolate Tour continues to grow in popularity each season.  Guests receive a really interesting and carefully-researched narrative about the history of chocolate, not only in Boston, but around the world — plus they’re personally escorted to three of Boston’s best dining locations, where, in turn, they enjoy incredible desserts created by some of the best pastry chefs in town.”

The Chocolate Tour has also become a media favorite, receiving coverage from such television programs as “The Phantom Gourmet,” “TV Diner” and “Chronicle,” among others.

Rich and Chef Magnifique discussed the tour extensively on the air and then gave away complimentary tickets to several lucky listeners. Rich’s popular talk show reaches more than 30 states as well as into eastern Canada.

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