November 12, 2013 by Joanne T Ferguson
Readers following my blog will know I am New York born and bred.
In 1971 (grade 2 in primary school; you do the maths lol), I was welcomed into the wonderful world of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
For those unfamiliar with the (now classic) film, golden wrappers were placed in candy bars for a chance to win to “tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all.” *
At the time, I wanted to be Charlie (the boy that won) and asked my parents at every opportunity could they please buy me a chocolate bar; seems my chocolate “wonderment and surprise” started at a very early age!
For those familiar with the film, the Oompa-Loompas were my friends and could not wait to one day open a chocolate bar seeing the winning “Golden Ticket!” lol
Fast forward… I am now older than Charlie lol and courtesy of Jon from OpenCity (sister website of Weekend Notes), I was invited to join the inaugural Chocolate Walking Tour – Adelaide City.
What a “fun-filled chocolate adventure”, “great value”, chocoholics lovers tour!
Let’s get started, eh?
Our first stop was Chocolateria San Churro where the group were welcoming by the owner Mark who shared not only his passion for “churros and chocolate,” but The Legend of San Churro and (as the mural in the store depicts) the story of how the Queen of Spain was miraculously healed from her deathbed after drinking a cup of San Churro hot chocolate.
The hot chocolate (made with Couverture chocolate; high quality chocolate that contains extra cocoa butter) was like a “custard-like liquid silk on the tongue.”
The churro was “light and crunchy” made from a secret Chocolateria San Churro “family” recipe!
Thanks to our Romina, our “very professional”, “very warm and welcoming” and “knowledgeable about all things chocolate” tour guide, I learned that chocolate was indeed “the food of the gods” (good choice in my opinion!), and chocatel is sacred.
“What is chocatel?”, I “hear” you say?
You will just have to experience this tour to learn more is what I can say!
I can’t give away all the secrets at the beginning this this post, can I?
Did you know there are two types of churros and that churros are named based on the twisted horns of the churra; an ancient breed of Iberian Sheep?
I now do!
San Churro is also uniquely known in Adelaide for their Chocarons which comes in a variety of flavors.
I enjoyed the lemon and wow, this was “only” our first stop on the OpenCity Chocolate Walking Tour – Adelaide City!
Our next CHOCOLATE stop was Chocolat known for their “individual”, “exclusive”, “creative”, “yummy & wicked” desserts!
Our group got to choose a variety of truffles and were provided milk chocolate samples of frogs to learn how to “properly taste and appreciate” how to eat chocolate so the flavors are savored and linger on.
I chose dark chocolate chili truffle (love anything hot & spicy), dark chocolate jaffa; chocolate and orange (see a dark chocolate pattern emerging lol) and lemon myrtle truffle.
“What do you look for in a chocolate?”, I “hear” you say?
Romina relayed chocolate should always be served at room temperature, there should be no white marks (called blooms) on the chocolate; if there is, it “suggests” the tempering of the chocolate has been rushed.
The surface of the chocolate should be even and there is a “rub process” as well as telling whether a chocolate is grainy (suggesting low quality chocolate) and words to describe chocolate are “creamy” and “bitter” to name a few.
I learned HEAPS and hope today I can enlighten you!
So as to lessen the guilt factor of previously just popping chocolate in my mouth (chew or suck), a Large Guilt Bar was available at Chocolat for purchase!
Onto Chocolate Bean “amazing chocolate and a bounty of vegan-friendly desserts.”
Did you know Chocolate Bean is the only place in Adelaide where you can experience Chocolate Soup?
Not only can you order Chocolate Soup (which comes as part of the OpenCity Chocolate Walking Tour – Adelaide City), you can add your own ingredients (such as chili, gingerbread, cherry and macadamia to name a few) to the soup which is served with a delightfully light whipped cream.
I know you are not surprised that I chose to add chili!
Vegan dessert options on the day included Lavender Cupcakes and Peanut Butter and CHOCOLATE cake drizzled with CHOCOLATE and a CHOCOLATE dipped strawberry!
Just like our bubbly tour guide Romina who “paced” the tour wonderfully (not too fast, not too slow…was “just right”), I am going to “pace” you today, so you can take in all the CHOCOLATE experiences and foods I have shared with you today!
Please look forward to These Chocolate Shoes were made for Adelaide Walking (Part 2)!
If you could pick one or two of the food photos to try, what would you pick?
Curiosity leads me to always ask why!
If Willy Wonka came to Adelaide, I am sure he would want to experience OpenCity ‘s
Chocolate Walking Tour – Adelaide City too!
I highly recommend Adeladians come out and experience this “chocolate lover’s dream tour” and become “Tourists in Their Own Town” too!
For my mature readers, you may remember that Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory is based on the 1964 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.