Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

Hungry Z, NBC5 Street Team

Close your eyes and imagine a state of extreme happiness, joy, or dare I say ecstasy? When your senses are engaged it causes a state of pure bliss. For many of us, nothing brings us closer to that euphoric state than a sweet, sugary, cup cake. The first scent of these sugary delights rushes endorphins to your brain and brings back fond memories of childhood. sugarbliss31

 “Sugar Bliss” on Wabash, has taken aim at your senses with a devilish assortment of freshly baked cakes of desire. Baked from scratch daily, these mini works of art are as visually appealing as they are delicious! Owner Teresa Ging left a successful career in finance to pursue her passion, and to seduce us with each passing bite.

Unlike cupcakes of the past, these cakes feature flavors that range from subtle to sublimely decadent. There are over twenty flavors available, with ten featured daily. Favorites include the sinful red velvet, moist and creamy carrot, and the bright and fresh flavor of orange creamsicle. Nothing is more blissful than chocolate. Cravings will be satisfied with heavenly creations like the chocolate peanut butter and the intoxicating “black & white” (dark chocolate cake/vanilla butter cream). sugarbliss1

Depending on you appetite, mood, and/or craving, “Sugar Bliss” has a cake right for you. For those in search of a decadent escape, sugar bliss offers large full size cupcakes sure to awaken your soul. For those wanting a mini rush, all flavors are offered in mini two bite sizes, perfect for a quick pick me up.

How much does all this happiness cost? Regular cupcakes are $3.50 a piece/ $40 a dozen, while minis go for $1.50 each/ $15 a dozen with both available for delivery. So whether your pursuit of happiness leads you to directly to their door, or if you prefer you joy delivered, “Sugar Bliss” will surely have you yearning for more.

115 N. Wabash
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 845-9669
Fax: (312) 845-9677

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D.C. “Fete TV” Crenshaw, NBC5 Street Team

Almost everyone loves chocolate, or at least crave a little a bit of chocolate every now and then.  Although I’m not a huge connoisseur of chocolate, I do partake in nibbling when I get that “chocolate feeling”.  However, for some, chocolate means a little more than just a nibble here or a bite there.  In-fact, for Chicago native Valerie Beck, chocolate is her passion and Chicago Chocolate Tours is her creation.

A Harvard College and Harvard Law School grad, Valerie founded Chicago Chocolate Tours in late 2005. She lived in Europe for 5 years, sampling her way through the chocolate shops of the continent.  Back home in Chicago, she used to sneak out from her law firm for a daily chocolate fix, and one day she didn’t come back. She realized that there was an incredibly vibrant chocolate community right outside her door, and she set out to link members of that community, and members of the chocolate-loving world.

What happens on a Chicago Chocolate Tour?
You’ll be escorted by a lively and knowledgeable tour guide on a fun and fascinating walking tour to a variety of chocolate shops, where you’ll sample the specialties of the house and meet the chocolatier, owner, or manager, for a behind-the-scenes talk about what makes the chocolate unique. You’ll also learn about the history and health benefits of chocolate, and about the special role of chocolate in Chicago and on the world timeline. Test your chocolate knowledge in their “choc quizzes” along the way, and find out whether chocolate has caffeine, why 18th century doctors prescribed chocolate to women, or whether chocolate is really an aphrodisiac!

Where will you go on a Chicago Chocolate Tour?
 Choose one of four routes in different neighborhoods – the Magnificent Mile, Gold Coast, Downtown Loop, or Andersonville – and experience six wonderful chocolate shops or bakeries on each route. Depending on the route, you’ll experience chocolate shops from famous favorites to hidden treasures, and from big brands to small often women-owned chocolate boutiques.

How much chocolate is there on a Chicago Chocolate Tour?
More than you can finish! They will ply you with so many treats, from truffles to tortes to tasty cocoa beverages, that most people can’t finish it all. They will give you a goody bag to take the rest home, so that you can keep enjoying the tour the next day.
Valerie Beck - Founder of Chicago Chocolate Tours

Valerie Beck - Founder of Chicago Chocolate Tours

Help Save the World?
When you take a Chicago Chocolate Tour, you help save the world. For real! In addition to providing you with a one-of-a-kind experience involving scrumptious chocolates, education, camaraderie, and fun, Chicago Chocolate Tours donates a portion of proceeds to CARE (www.care.org), an international humanitarian organization that helps women around the world exit poverty through entrepreneurship.The cost of the tour is $40 per person.  Choose a private tour for a group of friends or clients, make a private tour part of your bachelorette party or birthday party, or take a public tour and make new chocolate friends.

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