I don’t know about you, but I have a very serious love affair with Chocolate.
I don’t remember when I first noticed it. Maybe a year ago…maybe a year and a half…I can’t remember. At any rate, at some point, I realized that there was a chocolate factory at Pier 17, right on my walk from work to the BART station. I was excited to find out about TCHO, but I never seemed to have enough time to investigate. Finally, an appropriate occasion arose last June when Maya was home from Japan. We happened to walk by and decided that the pull was too great. We went in, looked around, talked to the employee on duty and bought some chocolate. I bought a “TCHO-A-DAY” Bottle. It was a 14 day supply of chocolates like these:
There are 4 flavors** types of chocolate in this jar: Fruity, Nutty, Citrus and Chocolatey. Each square has only 44 calories and all flavors are excellent. I find that they completely satisfy any kind of chocolate craving that strikes at work. The 14 day supply lasted about two months, as I didn’t really feel the need to have chocolate everyday.
** I apparently didn’t read the package. Clearly I was too busy eating the chocolate. As Maya corrected me:
“TCHO chocolates aren’t actually flavored. They use pure chocolate with no added flavorings. The names they give their different squares reflects the different notes they think are emphasized/brought out from the use of different source beans and percentages.”
Back in June, I also picked up a can of these:
I wasn’t sure how I would like mango drenched in chocolate, but they turned out to be really good. Kind of like a raisinette, but with mango. You got 17 pieces for 90 calories and after my TCHO-A-DAYs were gone, the mango pieces definitely helped me get through my work day.
When the TCHO-A-DAY jar had first run dry, I tried to make a stop by the factory’s showroom to pick up more. I had really grown attached to having a square of chocolate when I was feeling sluggish and grumpy in the afternoons. Unfortunately, when I dropped by after work one day, they were all closed up. There was a sign that said something like, “Due to the construction of the new Exploratorium, our store has temporarily been forced to close.” Bummer.
But I got over it. I still had a half canister of mango bits to get me through the hard days.
Then on Monday I came into work.
You guessed it.
For the THIRD time this week, this is what I found when I went to look for food:
So I made a run by the TCHO factory, as I had heard that they had reopened their store.
I picked up a couple of items.
I got a bottle of these for me…I moved up to a 30 day supply. I also picked up a bottle for my co-worker who really loves TCHO.
I also found this item for my office mate:
It’s a large square of the Citrus flavored TCHO with Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night Over the Rhône” on the front of the packaging. The de Young Museum has the exhibit of Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay on display until the beginning of next year. On the back of this item, there is a 20% discount code for admission to the exhibit. Neato.
I didn’t have enough money on me to pick up any more mango pieces, but I feel reassured by their new facilities that I should be able to pick some up later. I really liked their larger showroom, and I’m excited by the fact that they will be starting factory tours soon. Alexa and the Chocolate Factory? Oh yeah!
Do you have a favorite local chocolatier?