hot-chocolate1Portland, Oregon is serving up some wonderful chocolate creations such as eating bars, confections, desserts and beverages. The following is a delicious and fun way to explore the many neighborhoods of this popular regional destination.  Enjoy your search for all things chocolate.

North Portland

1)   Experience the newest flavor at Ruby Jewel Handmade Ice Cream Sandwiches: Salted Caramel Ice Cream with Double Chocolate Cookies.

2)   At The Meadow you’ll find an expanse of pure chocolate bliss in their extensive selection of bars and confections. Try Woodblock Chocolate Salt and Nibs Bar made by the only bean-to-bar manufacturer in the Rose City.

The Pearl/West End

3)   Step inside Verdun Fine Chocolates and treat yourself to an elegantly wrapped piece of pistachio pieces in rich 70% dark chocolate made in Beirut, Lebanon.

4)   Select Cupcake Jones Peter’s Chocolate Mint for moist devil’s food cake filled with chocolate mint ganache topped with fudge icing, chocolate mint sauce, and an Andes mint. A peak experience.

5)   Delight your senses by running, not walking over to Nuvrei Patisserie & Café to experience their Flourless Chocolate Chewy Cookie- with or without walnuts.

6)   Hang out with the wonderful staff at Vault Martini and enjoy their Chocolate Banana: Schmirnoff Vanilla Vodka, Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur, banana liqueur and cream.

7)   Head over to Rogue Distillery & Public House for a Double Chocolate Stout Brownie with a Chocolate Stout reduction.

8)   Visit Henry’s Tavern and linger over a Young’s Double Chocolate Stout from England and an Ice Cream Sandwich: house-made chocolate cake sandwiches with vanilla ice cream.

9)   At Deschutes Brewery temp your taste buds with the Italian remake Beer-A-Misu made with Obsidian Stout and organic Peruvian cocoa.

10)    Experience a chocolate-inspired specialty coffee drinks at Caffé Umbria. A particular favorite is the Assisi: a shot of espresso, dark Italian chocolate sauce and a sprinkle of cinnamon, then crowned with whipped cream and more cinnamon.

11)    Attend a Pearl Neighborhood Chocolate Walk, offered seasonally mid-March through early December, to discover the amazing world of chocolate, some local history, and savor delectable samples as you walk off the extra calories.

Downtown

12)    Visit the elegant and popular Pazzo Ristorante to experience their delicious Semifreddo- a “half frozen” pistachio gelato in chocolate cake. You’ll be swooning for more.

13)    Next door at Pazzoria, Pazzo’s charming Italian Bakery and Café, you can savor a steaming cup of hot chocolate and a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie, with the slightest hint of espresso. Be sure to get there early- the cookies go fast.

14)    Indulge yourself with a Teuscher’s of Switzerland signature Champagne Truffle, in milk or dark. Be sure to browse through their unique and whimsical packaging options and take home a few more to enjoy later.

15)    Walk through the unique entrance into Portland’s Melting Pot to experience the Flaming Turtle Fondue with its tempting, flambéed combination of milk chocolate, caramel and candied pecans.

16)    Grab a Brown Bag of Beignets at Violetta Café in Director Park and dunk them in the accompanying chocolate/espresso dipping sauce produced by local company Holy Kakow.

17)    Tantalize your senses by visiting The Spice & Tea Exchange. Be sure to purchase their Baker’s Secret- a wonderful blend of cacao nibs and spices that you’ll be sprinkling on coffee, tea, and everything sweet and delicious.

18)    Join a scheduled Downtown Portland Neighborhood Chocolate Walk. These walks, the original since 2007, are enjoyable for locals and visitors alike.

Northwest

19)    Venture over to Urban Fondue to enjoy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Fondue followed by a Snickertini next door at Bartini.

20)    Stop by the Rose City’s oldest chocolate company, Van Duyn  Chocolates, and enjoy their signature TruffleMints (made with Oregon mint) and  VanDangos (a blend of caramel, nuts and chocolate).

21)    Lovers of the bean will go head over heels for Cocoa Nib Stars:  cinnamon cacao nib shortbread cookies filled with dark ganache and dipped in even more chocolate produced by Two Tarts Bakery.

 Northeast

22)    Seek out Alma’s Chocolate for deliciously unique confections, including their Salted Lavender Caramel that will delight your senses.

23)    Head over to Foster & Dobbs and pick up a Bacon Caramel Bar by local Portland chocolatier David Briggs of Xocolatl de David. Salty + bacon + caramel with chocolate = Nirvana.

24)    A trip along the Columbia Gorge to view Oregon’s waterfalls wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Candy Basket Chocolates to see their 21-foot Chocolate Cascade.

25)    Attend Portland’s Chocolate Fest, a benefit for the World Forestry Center in Washington Park held annually on the third weekend of January at the Oregon Convention Center.

 Southeast

26)    Engage your taste buds at JaCiva’s during their “After Hours” Friday and Saturday nights 6-10 pm when they offer a special menu of luscious hot chocolate drinks made with their own ganache and gorgeous desserts created right on the premises.

27)    Get to Rimsky-Korsakoffee House early to experience their famous Chocolate Raspberry Fool. They tend to run out of this English-inspired dessert of chocolate and pureed fruit folded into sweetened whipped cream. Light and heavenly.

West End/Southwest

28)    At Jake’s Grill enjoy their luscious Warm Chocolate Cake filled with a melted ganache center and topped with warm chocolate sauce and ice cream. If you end up having dinner there, you might request to have them bring this course out first.

29)    Check out the last old-fashioned candy store in Portland at Sweets, Etc.  From domestic and imported chocolate bars and traditional confections, nostalgic sweets, to Oregon-made ice cream, you will be a kid in a candy store.

30)    Make a trip to Jake’s Famous Crayfish and savor their unique Chocolate Bag, filled with white chocolate mousse and three different kinds of berries, topped with fresh whipped cream and served with raspberry coulis. Your taste buds will be grateful.

 Multiple Locations

31)    Visit all five Moonstruck Chocolates Chocolate Cafes. At each location, you can delight your senses with whimsical seasonal delights that have made Moonstruck so popular with locals and visitors alike.

32)    Visit Delice Chocolate (featuring Leonidas Belgium confections) downtown location for a Manon Blanc or Manon Café to experience a high quality white chocolate then drive over to Bridgeport Village to indulge in their drinking chocolate.

33)    A trip to one of the many Made In Oregon locations is a convenient way to view a number of Oregonian chocolate products all under one roof.  Enjoy Dark 72% Spice Trade Truffles by Euphoria Chocolates from Eugene, OR.

34)    Dissect and devour a colorful Chocolate Truffle Cake, a true feast for the eyes, at Papa Haydn’s historic Sellwood location.

35)    Experience the Chocolate Port Fig Tart for a truly unique taste sensation at Pix Pattiserie. Edible art anyone?

36)    Step inside Cacao West End for a truly remarkable choco-shopping experience. Inside you will find hand-selected eating bars and confections from Portland and beyond. Enjoy a Caramel Fleur-de-Sel jewel by local artisan John DePaula. You can spend hours in this shop.

37)    Lose yourself over a flight of three different drinking chocolates at Cacao @ the Heathman, Cacao’s smaller and more intimate location. For an extra indulgent experience, and space permitting, take your flight to enjoy in the Hotel’s historic Tea Court or library.

38)    Attend a performance of the upbeat musical Chocolate Confessions, created and performed by local comedienne and songstress Joan Freed.

39)    At Voo Doo Donuts order The Portland Cream, the official donut of the City Portland. It is a raised yeast donut filled with Bavarian cream with chocolate frosting on top- with the addition of two “eyeballs.” Why? Portland has vision.

Tigard/Beaverton

40)    Visit the Stash Tea Store in Tigard and peruse their dessert and chocolate flavor selections. Get a whiff of their Chocolate Peppermint Herbal Tea. Reminiscent of peppermint patties, this tea is made with Oregon-grown mint.

41)    Go to Chocolate Fantasy, a celebration of all things chocolate, sponsored by the Jenkins Estate. It is held annually in Beaverton on the Friday closest to Valentine’s Weekend.

 Lake Oswego

42)    Visit Bernard Callebaut’s beautiful shop in downtown Lake

Oswego, a short 8 miles south of Portland, to discover two sizes of Chocolate Champagne Bottles that can be filled with hand-selected truffles.

43)    Enjoy a satisfying hot chocolate and an Opera dessert at St. Honore Boulangerie’s lakeside location. The Opera is one of their most labor-intensive pieces, meticulously created, and truly a work of art.

44)    Taste a chocolate covered almond at The Oilerie. You’ll be amazed to find that these panned confections are created to look just like green olives, down to the pimento.  Also consider picking up some naturally flavored lemon extra virgin olive oil to add to your next batch of brownies: they’ll go from ordinary to extraordinary.

45)    Head over to Scratch for an intimate dining experience. Owner and Chef Patrick Lee Warner offers a unique menu that changes monthly. One item, however, remains consistent: his luscious house-made Chocolate Lava Cake with ice cream, berry compote and sugar.

46)    Enjoy a gourmet chocolate item at Crave Bake Shop (daily menu is on Facebook). Owner and pastry chef, Kyra Bussanich, was a recent winner on the popular Food Network show “Cupcake Wars.”  You’ll be surprised to discover that everything in the shop, from cinnamon rolls to celebration cakes, is gluten-free.

47)    Take a quick trip to Britain by stepping through the doors of Lady Di’s British Store and Tea Room. Along with all things British, you’ll find Cadbury bars actually made over “The Pond” which many feel taste different than their domestic counterparts. Relax and enjoy a milk or dark bar with a cup of tea.

48)    Give a Chocolate Tasting & More Gift Certificate for a Lake   Oswego Neighborhood Chocolate Walk.

Canby

49)    South of Lake Oswego, via the historic Canby Ferry, you’ll find Puddin’ River Chocolates & Wine Bar where you can find Cookie Dough Truffles.

The Wine Country

50)    Secure a seat at the famous Rooftop Bar at the Hotel Oregon in McMinnville, voted one of the top 10 rooftop bars in the West by Sunset Magazine. While you are there, enjoy a McMenamin Terminator Stout along with a house-made Black & Tan Brownie topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup.

51)    While you are in McMinnville or Newberg, head on over to Honest Chocolates to try their truffles especially developed to pair with wine. These are made with different types of fruit soaked overnight in either pinot or zinfandel.

52)    In Newberg, visit The Allison Inn & Spa and pamper yourself with a 60 minute Delectable Chocolate Truffle Body Wrap.  Your body will thank you.

Since menus and services may change, please be sure to call ahead and confirm availability.