We spent some time in Nashville a couple of a weeks ago, as you can tell by the last post. We went a big vegan crazy, as we usually do. But we also dove in headfirst into a bit of their culture, too. One of the coolest things we did while in Nashville was take the Olive & Sinclair chocolate factory tour one Saturday morning.
While we didn't expect the owner to hobble out with a cane and theatrics, we did however, expect to taste some incredible artisan chocolate. At first, we had no idea what Southern artisan chocolate was. Sounded a bit fancy for us. Especially when Vanessa is vegan and can only eat certain chocolates, and I personally only like chocolate at very specific times of year. Or month. But anyway...
We took the plunge and signed up for a factory tour. They conduct tours only on Saturdays, so you'll need to reserve in advance. For just $5 per person, you'll be able to take a tour of the factory, learn all about the chocolate making process, and even taste test a few of their favorites.
I have to say, this tour was well-worth the price and our time. The way that Olive & Sinclair make their chocolate is truly unlike any other company out there. They source their ingredients and know everything that goes into each bar. The bean-to-bar chocolate roasting process is fascinating to learn about, and then watching their rare antique melanguers (stone mills) in action, are something to to marvel over. Plus, that smell....wafting through the air. Mmmm.
They have vegan bars, by the way. So we were both able to enjoy the chocolate feast. Plus we even went home with a sea salt bar of our own.
If you're in the Nashville area, then check out Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co., for a delicious take on artisan chocolate. Take the tour with the whole fam, it'll be a delicious experience for everyone.
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