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"Sweet, A Walking Tour of West Chester PA" was the billing for this Chester County History Center tour today.  The History Center, founded in 1893, sponsored this talk led by guides in period costumes.

grinding beansWe started out with an explanation of the types of cacao pods, then a demonstration of the beans being ground on a stone metate with a heat source underneath. Looked like a lot of work!


We then visited one of the country's top Eclatchocolatiers, Eclat, on South High Street. Christopher Curtin, the owner, gave us samples of a truffle (delish!) and a piece of dark chocolate (wow!).  A steady stream of clients pulling up and picking up orders showed just how popular this chocolate is.


Another stop was Gemelli Artisinal Gelato, on West Market Street. The Vincenzoowner, Vincenzo (genuine Italian craftsman) told us about his all natural products and handed out samples. He even gave me a special non-dairy vegetarian gelato with chocolate and hand ground nuts (very tasty).

We heard stories about the 15 or so candy shops that once thrived c. 1900  in the center of tourguideWest Chester, including 2 women owned businesses that conducted a one-upsmanship contest with one another. You have a veranda? I have a veranda, and not only that but an orchestra every Friday night. Take that!

We also had a chance to stop in front of a lovely walled garden with wisteria vines, and one of the oldest buildings in town, which was next door.

       walled garden          oldhouse

Needless to say, I did not stop for lunch after this sweetfest. Well done, West Chester!



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Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I am an extreme lover of chocolate.  Your community chocolate event would certainly be a hit with me.

May 08, 2021 06:41 PM
Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

You and me, both. Definitely a chocolate fan!

May 08, 2021 08:54 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Carolyn, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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May 08, 2021 06:42 PM
Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Hi Myrl--No flowers this time! Thanks for the feature!

May 08, 2021 08:55 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Carolyn, Thank you for taking us on this sweet historical tour of chocolate.  What a fantastic event.

May 08, 2021 06:49 PM
Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

The good news was all the walking we did burned off the calories (maybe?)

May 08, 2021 08:55 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I would like to take a sweet chocolate tou when I get a chance as the pandemic wraps up

May 08, 2021 10:43 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Carolyn - a delightful multi-sensory post ideal for those who love chocolate.  

May 09, 2021 04:09 AM
Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Wait a minute, Michael. Do you think there are people who don't love chocolate? Hard to believe!

May 10, 2021 06:21 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your experience.

This is a tour that Dolores and I would love.

May 11, 2021 09:25 AM
Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

The History Center has some interesting tours, for sure!

May 14, 2021 07:49 AM