Friday, April 4, 2014

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Park Ridge: A Girls' Day Out Adventure


**Disclosure: We received a complimentary chocolate tasting in order to facility an accurate review. All opinions are 100% our own.

If you have not tried treats from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory before, you have been missing out. Rocky Mountain can certainly serve up every fresh treat you are looking for whether it be something just pleasantly sweet or something all out decadent and rich.





Recently, we visited the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Park Ridge to learn a little more about this particular location and to experience owner Linda Hills' innovative addition to her store's offerings--a chocolate tasting! What says Girls' Day Out better than a chocolate tasting! No twisting our arms here!


Chocolate Passion Springboards Creation

Passion. Right away we witnessed Linda's passion and enthusiasm for creating chocolate temptations. As part of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Linda was provided with some recipes to start with. However, Rocky Mountain gives her the freedom to create and develop treats on her own. So, you will certainly see some of your Rocky Mountain favorites here in Park Ridge. However, you will also discover unique creations developed by Linda and her staff. Experimentation with chocolate--how much fun! With a background as a material forensic scientist, working with chocolate and developing new flavor and color combinations is truly a natural fit for Linda and it shows! Holidays spawn great creativity at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. So, be sure to check out what the copper kettle is whipping up each holiday season and in between, too!



Fun Fact: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory sells its caramel apples all year round. While several inventive creations are available, the traditional peanut apples are still the favorites!

A Sweetly Chocolate Experience

Linda's store sets itself apart by offering a chocolate tasting experience. During the experience, Linda provides a little background about the company, chocolate and her own creative endeavors with chocolate. Of course, she sweetens the deal with an ample sampling of chocolate. Single origin chocolates, tiger bark, truffles, chocolate with espresso and more perfectly portioned for the sampling! Plus, you can hold a 10 lb bar of chocolate at the end of the experience. How often can you do that?


Mel's take:

We arrived to Rocky Mountain slightly before our chocolate tasting time, so we had a chance to browse. I was surprised by the selection that Park Ridge's store had including some treats for dogs. While dogs cannot have chocolate, the store offers treats dipped in white chocolate which is safe for dogs {in moderation, of course!}. Linda has a delightful little alcove for chocolate tastings tucked in the front of the store. We were presented with a menu of chocolate temptations available for tasting. We were tasked with choosing 8 to try--yes 8! While we sampled, Linda taught us about chocolate, her craft and the store. A pleasant afternoon indulging, both in the sense of nibbling on sweet things and exploring something new sans children. The chocolate tasting at Rocky Mountain is worth a little escape.

Kat's take:

This Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Uptown Park Ridge is fairly close to me, and it takes great self restraint to not make daily pilgrimages there!  At the tasting, we each received eight generous samples chosen off the tasting menu.  I wound up taking much of it home to eat later.  I sampled mostly dark chocolates and I'm hard-pressed to pick a favorite.  Owner Linda Hills was welcoming and very knowledgeable in explaining the flavors of each concoction.  She noted that hers is the only franchise that offers tastings (very surprising, given their popularity).  I recommend signing up for one to any chocolate lover.



With its large counters bursting at the seams with treats, a trip to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is sure to bring out the child in everyone. With Easter around the corner, don't forget to browse the special treats. You will easily find that special addition to any Easter basket. With Rocky Mountain, you know the items are fresh and specially crafted. If you are looking for a little time away, a sweet escape, sign up for one of the chocolate tastings. Chocolate tastings are $16 per person and you can register by calling the store at 847-318-6801. A great afternoon out!

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Park Ridge is located at 31 S Northwest Hwy in Park Ridge.

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