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Best of Both Worlds: Brooklyn and Chocolate Unite in Bus Tour

A tour for chocolate lovers in Brooklyn isn't just about tasting the final product. It also gives a peek at factories, neighborhoods and even business plans.

The chocolate bus tour offered by A Slice of Brooklyn visits four chocolate-makers around the borough, offering a look at the chocolate-making process while visiting different neighborhoods: DUMBO, Cobble Hill, Red Hook and Industry City.

First stop on A Slice of Brooklyn's chocolate tours is Jacques Torres' shop in DUMBO. Next, at The Chocolate Room in Cobble Hill, owners Jon Payson and Naomi Josepher explain that they opened the business because they loved going out for dessert but had limited options for sit-down, restaurant-style dessert-only experiences.

In Red Hook, the tour strolls to a pier with a view of the Statue of Liberty before hitting Raaka Chocolate to see how the company's artisanal bars are made, from processing cacao pods to wrapping bars with flavors like smoked chai and pink sea salt. Last stop: Li-Lac Chocolates in Industry City. Li-Lac has been selling chocolates since 1923 and is known for creamy, old-school recipes, but only recently relocated to the Brooklyn site.

And for those who love the idea of touring Brooklyn, A Slice of Brooklyn also offers pizza tours and Christmas lights tours.

Rates for the chocolate tour go for $50 per adult and $40 for children under the age of 12.

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