Chocolate tasting in Sicily

October 27, 2014
Sign of our dreams

Sign of our dreams

How do you feel about chocolate? I’m a bigger fan of cinnamon. It’s not that I’d turn a piece of chocolate cake down–oh no, I wouldn’t! — but if I had my choice, it would be cinnamon and sugar.  Still, I’d never been to a chocolate maker and was interested to see how chocolate was made in famous Modica, Sicily, known for its delicious chocolates. And, there would be a “chocolate tasting.”  I mean, who could turn that down?

Where we went

Where we went


When a place is written up in the New York Times, you know it has to be at least somewhat interesting. No guarantee, of course. Not that I’m cynical or anything.

choc pieces moreBut when we entered and saw all these pieces of flavored chocolate, it got our attention.

Choc men whiteIn preparation for stepping into the kitchen, we had to suit up. (Both my husband and my gay husband are in this photo. They’re the guys smiling, does that help?)

choc bakers in kitchA lovely, long table to work on.

choc pouringSure enough, chocolate was poured.

choc pouring next stepAfter this step it got shaped.

But while this was going on, here is what REALLY got our attention:

pastry menA cake was being made.

pastry men2But not just any cake. Look at all those pistachios!

pastry men3A lot of kiwi peeling was going on.

pastry men4pastry men5Some careful slicing. Artistic.

pastry men6The creation began to take shape.

pastry men completedAnd there it was, in all its glory.  I mean, elaborate glory.

To be honest, hardly anyone was watching the chocolate guy, because we were all riveted on the cake.

choc piecesBut I cannot tell a lie. We did taste this lovely chocolate and some people even bought some.

It was so damn hot I figured it would all melt, so I wasn’t one of them.

Perhaps you’d like to hear part of the guide’s talk? And see a big friggin’ chunk o’ cocoa?  If so, CLICK HERE.

41 comments on “Chocolate tasting in Sicily
  1. PatU says:

    Carol, one year we went to that big Chocolate show in Perugia! Now THAT was fun!

  2. Carolann says:

    Oh my word that cake looks amazing! I’ve got a similar cake cued up with pistachios on the sides like that too. Can’t wait to make it now! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Karen says:

    Like you, I’m fond of chocolate but wouldn’t necessarily kill for it…but that cake! How glorious!

  4. Nothing could have made me happier than waking up just now and seeing that sign! As a chocoholic, this is like a dream come true 🙂

  5. This would be my favorite part of the trip…love chocolate…and I want to post the sign in my kitchen!!

  6. Linda Roy says:

    I feel pretty strongly about chocolate. So strongly in fact, that I am actually sitting here in my office reading this with a chocolate scented candle burning. I had smell-a-vision for this post!
    A friend of mine went on a chocolate tasting excursion throughout Manhattan. She said that
    after she ate so much good chocolate, she could never again enjoy a Hershey bar. Tasted like
    wax. And no, I’m not burning a Hershey bar in my office. 😉

  7. This looks like my kind of adventure Carol. I’ve always LOVED chocolate!!!

  8. Robin Herman says:

    Can I be your girlfriend husband for the next trip? A knockout cake. And as for chocolate, having lived for 7 years in Paris, I know what real chocolate tastes like and the Mars bars are not it.

  9. Diane says:

    Oh, man! I wondered if you would get to a chocolate tasting! Heaven on earth!!!

  10. I’m not a huge fan of chocolate either. I like my snacks saltier but every now and then I have to have a little. This looks like great fun!

  11. Laura Kennedy says:

    What a very cool experience! And that cake is gorgeous beyond gorgeous. I think I’d be the oddball watching the chocolate-maker though.

    Chocolate is our family’s passionate favorite. When oldest daughter was in high school, she did a month-long internship at Sharffen Berger. Learned to make ganache in Alice Medrich’s kitchen from Alice and John S. When she finished her internship, they gave her a HUGE box of all kinds of their chocolate…about $400 worth! We ate, drank, and baked with Scharffen Berger chocolate for a few years.

  12. Ines Roe says:

    If I were to attend a chocolate tasting excursion I would think I was in heaven. I totally love chocolate and believe it is one of the main food groups. I love the photos of your post. They are totally inviting. I live close to Hershey PA and anytime I go there I am enchanted by the smell in the air and the fact that the lamp posts are “chocolate kisses.” I would love to go to Sicily and go on a chocolate tasting experience – thank you for bringing me as close as I am going to get.

  13. Lisha Fink says:

    Wow. That’s one amazing cake. But I’m such a choco-holic I wouldn’t have been able to take my eyes off of that long table!

  14. Michelle says:


    And I REALLY REALLY want some chocolate now.

  15. kim tackett says:

    Shout out to cinnamon here! In Chicago there’s a place called the Spice House that does cinnamon tastings. Kate and I went and it changed our lives. Well, maybe not our lives, but I was delighted to taste the differences between the different types of cinnamon. Add it to your travel list.

  16. Ruth Curran says:

    That cake…. I am drooling. Your video of the chocolate tour was very cool and yes, what a chunk of chocolate.

  17. Salty is more my weakness — but that chocolate looks amazing. And so did that cake with the pistachios. Now I could make myself sick eating too many of of those. Love nuts. Fattening ones.

    That looked like a lovely evening. Glad you shared.

  18. Haralee says:

    Cake and chocolate watching and sampling, there is nothing not to like!

  19. Risa says:

    What fun! I would rather participate in this kind of tasting adventure than go wine tasting any day! And this from someone who calls herself Ms Barstool! Thanks for sharing your lovely travel memories. It’s been fun reading about them. And now, for some reason, I need some chocolate…

  20. Janie Emaus says:

    Call me odd, but I’m not a big fan of chocolate. Now cheese, that’s another story.

  21. What a work of art! And a great experience.

  22. Estelle says:

    im a recovering chocoholic so I love that kind of tasting. The cake looks delish, too!

  23. I super duper wish I’d been on this part of the tour with you! Thanks for the vicariousness.

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