Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal With over twenty participating shops in Old Town, patrons to the event, where $20 bought 10 tastes, had plenty of delicious options to choose from, including Bailey?s dark chocolate ganache tarts with white chocolate mousse from Bootlegger?s Old Town Tavern & Grill, which one could find at Oz! Gallery of Fine Jewelry.
Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal Mary Cait Hogan, 17, and Kristen Rulifson, also 17, take a break to look for their next destination. "We just don't know where to go," said Rulifson, who got tickets from her mom, who was volunteering at Courthouse Coffee. The two ended up at Sierra Moon Goldsmiths for chocolate macaroons.
Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal Ika and Mitch Gilbert rearrange their chocolates to make room for another sample.
Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal Rich, moist brownies with fudge-like icing could be found at Old Town Dessert Cafe.
Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal Taking a break from her honorary Sugar Plump Fairies duties, Lindsey Wickum, 5, helps her grandmother, Cynthia Brostrom, pick out a piece of rocky road candy at the Gold Rush Plaza in Old Town Auburn during the 4th Annual Taste of Chocolate on Sunday. The Auburn residents attended the event with Brostrom?s daughter-in-law and a friend.
Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal Red balloons and bright-pink numbered hearts helped tasters find their way to all the different tasting spots.
Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal Rocklin resident Ika Gilbert picks out a dark chocolate ganache tart made by Bootlegger's at Oz! Gallery of Fine Jewelry.
Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal Furlong hands her "visa" to volunteer Delana Rudd, who stamps it to signify one of Furlong's 10 stops and tastes of the afternoon.
Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal On one of her last stops during A Taste of Chocolate, Audrey Furlong, 17, of Auburn, picks out a cream puff filled with chocolate mousse and double dipped in chocolate at Tsuda's in Old Town on Sunday. Furlong had attended the event with her mom, Sharon. "We come every year," she said.
Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal Throughout Old Town, people carried plastic food containers, which held all their samples from the different tastings.
Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal Wild Women in the Garden offered chocolate Kahlua truffles. For those looking to justify their chocolate habits, recent studies have shown the ancient sweet to have high levels of flavonoids, an antioxidant, especially in dark chocolates.
Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal With friend Kristen Lucas (left), Gina Tompkins adds a chocolate-covered chewy granola bar to her stash.
Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal Natalie Linthicum and her mom Mary pick up a kahlua truffle at Wild Women in the Garden. In their first time at the event, both came away with rich desserts. "We got all the good stuff," said Natalie. "We mapped it out." Said Mary: "We didn't really know what to expect, [but] I love it. It's been really fun."
Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal Out giving free hugs, the Sugar Plump Fairies, including Nancey Holland and Karla Tilley, were "pimping the prom"--April Foolery, a prom for grown-ups and fundraiser--with chocolate kisses.
Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal These chocolate cream puffs were made on site and from scratch at Tsuda's Old Town Eatery by Chef Jeremy Domann, a Cordon Bleu graduate.