Friday, October 8, 2010

Chocolate Lovers Delight in Oregon

I am a confirmed chocolateholic.   When I realized that there were two chocolate factories close to the bed and breakfast we are innsitting at, I was thrilled.   I managed to find some time to visit both places.

Dagoba Chocolate is located in Ashland, OR, just a hop skip and a jump from the Country Willows Inn.   I enjoyed the variety of flavors, especially the Lavender Blueberry Chocolate Squares.    Of course, I also managed to purchase some Chocolate Hand Cream.   It is a perfect way to satisfy my craving for chocolate.  Just smell my hands and my taste buds are happy. 

The other Chocolate factory is LillieBelle Farms.  They are located in Central Point, OR, about twenty minutes or so from the bed and breakfast in Ashland.   You can stand behind the glass windows and watch their Chocolatiers make the different types of chocolates.  This is truly an art form.
My favorite was their Chocolate Lavender Caramels - Lavender infused caramels topped with Fleur du Sel salt. What a combination of tastes.  My other favorite was their handmade Smokey Blue Cheese Ganche.  This was made using the Blue Cheese from the Rogue Creamery just two doors away.   The Rogue Creamery also has windows where you can watch the cheese makers at work. 

For you wine enthusiasts, between these two stores is the Daisy Creek and Madrone Mountain Wineries tasting room.  What a perfect combination.  Cheese, Wine, and Chocolate.  Who could ask for anything more. 

Lynda and Howard Lerner
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