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Chocolate event sweetens Old Town

By: Julie Miller, Design and Content Manager
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Taste of Chocolate
When: Noon - 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10
Where: Check in is at Historic Courthouse in Old Town Auburn
Tickets: $20, available at auburn-ca.aauw.net/taste of chocolate or at Sun River Clothing, 1585 Lincoln Way, Auburn after Jan. 25.

Life, for three and a half hours, will be all about a box of chocolates at the 13th annual Taste of Chocolate event.
Ticketholders for the event will receive a to-go box and a map of 20 participating merchants in Old Town that will hand out handmade chocolates in a variety of forms and flavors.
“Blooms usually serves mini truffles, Serendipity is serving cherry cheesecake brownies, Marquis Etc is making her chocolate chip caramel cookies. My husband (Chip) will make chocolate heart-shaped cookies dipped in bitter sweet chocolate. Another merchant is making English toffee. Many times, The Front Porch will make full-sized cupcakes. So, there is quite a good variety of choices,” said Linda Robinson who is an event organizer and owner of Sun River Clothing in Old Town.
To plan for the chocolate tasting extravaganza, tasters should check the map for what chocolate morsel is available at each location. But no need to worry about the stores running out, only 200 tickets are sold for the event and each merchant is equipped with 200 ready-to-giveaway treats.
“Merchants make or have made beautiful chocolate entries that really looks like art. So, when guests are walking around from place to place, their boxes are filled with beautiful chocolate art,” Robinson said.
Several of the merchants will offer tastes of wine to pair with the chocolate. However, it must be sipped in the shop, not on the street. Also, be on the lookout for the Sugar Plump Fairies, who are slated to be handing out chocolate kisses to passersby.
With the abundance of chocolate, a tummy ache may ensue. It is recommended that event goers try to go slow if they can.
“Pace yourself, of course, however, this event runs from noon to 3:30 and it takes guests about that long to cover all participating venues,” Robinson said. “There isn't much time to snack a long the way.”
The American Association of University Women started the event more than a decade ago in Downtown Auburn. However, after a fire in 2006 damaged four businesses in Old Town, the organization partnered with merchants to host the event and raise money for fire victims as well as the American Association of University Women, which awards scholarships to local girls.