Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Tour of the Taza Chocolate Factory

The commute to a high school job had me driving by Mansfield’s century-old ADM Cocoa factory several times a week for a few years awhile back. What a heavenly smell, right? Wrong. I quickly came to believe that the production of chocolate is pretty foul smelling. Imagine my surprise, then, when I arrived at Somerville’s own Taza Chocolate factory recently, and the aroma was simply amazing. Not bitter and burnt like ADM or cloyingly sweet like at the Hershey theme park in Pennsylvania – no, this was something on another level: subtle floral notes, hints of spices, appetizing odors all around.

Rumor has it that the Taza owners are sick of the Wonka comparison; so I’ll refrain from describing the factory store that way. It doesn’t give off a whimsical vibe, anyways, and it’s not the type of sweet treat that brings out the kid in all of us. No, Taza Chocolate is of a different variety – a more complicated, acquired taste like a fine wine or liqueur – and as you sample your way through the store, you’ll find that you want to move slowly to figure out the intricacies of each flavor.

Read the rest of my article over on CBS Boston.

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