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Chocolate - dark, light or white - captivates the imagination with its flavors, richness and yes, decadence. Boston's Old Town Trolley Tour takes residents and visitors on a trip that captures the essence of chocolate, offering three hours of exploration including history, fun facts, tastings and even encounters with ghosts.

Chocolate today is no longer the exclusive province of the well-to-do. In Boston, apothecaries sold chocolate in the 1700s, believing it enhanced one's health. The first chocolate factory in the U.S. began in Dorchester, MA, now part of the city. Boston's history with chocolate is long and rich - from Tollhouse cookies to the chocolate used today in Oreo's, the city has had a love affair for literally centuries with chocolate. Tour guides entertain with chocolate myths and legends that leave you with a history of chocolate and its impact in unimaginable ways.

A three-hour trolley tour begins with a stop at Top of the Hub, in Boston's Prudential Center. The panoramic views add to the richness of the experience which begins with the "appetizer," two chocolate desserts from Executive Pastry Chef Tommy Choi. Rich and satisfying, they set the tone for the rest of the tour.

On to the Omni Parker House where the portrait of Harvey Parker hangs in Parker's, and one feels his presence in the room as the bartender describes the presence of his ghost (and other) throughout the years, continuing to haunt to this day those who visit the property. In the 19th century, Parker's created the Boston Cream Pie which tour members sample and which remains on the menu to this day in Chef Gerry Tice's homage to the dessert's history.

But save your appetite for the "main course" - the Langham Hotel's Chocolate Bar in Café Fleuri where Pastry Chef Ryan Pike presents 120 chocolate desserts to keep diners engaged and returning for more. It's the 25th year for the Chocolate Bar where a DJ spins tunes to taste by. Celebrate "Decades of Decadence" this year and enhance the experience with a chocolate infused cocktail!

The tour, at $75 per person regardless of age, begins at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p..m. at The Trolley Stop at the corner of Boylston and Charles Sts. through April 12,



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