Peanuts character Lucy Van Pelt once said, “All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!” As February approaches, our thoughts turn to both – love and chocolate?

Let’s explore a few delicious tidbits about our favorite treat:

  • Chocolate comes from the cacao tree; one tree can produce nearly 2,000 pods each year. Animals love the sticky white pulp of the pod, while the seeds (which are used to make chocolate) are horribly bitter.
  • 70% of the world’s cacao is grown in Africa.
  • The seeds, or beans, are harvested carefully, fermented, and dried before they are shipped and turned into chocolate.
  • There are many different types of chocolate, all used for many different treats – chocolate bars, ice cream, cakes and more.
  • Chocolate is losing its bad reputation, as the benefits are becoming better known. This is especially true for dark chocolate, touted for its health benefits, as well as for benefits to brain function and mood. More recently, milk chocolate has been praised for protecting against heart disease and stroke. Still, most experts advise consuming in moderation, because of the high amounts of sugar and other less healthy ingredients that are usually added to our favorite treats.

We are always ready to indulge your chocolate cravings with amazing desserts such as Dirt Cake or Death By Chocolate. And we’re excited about an upcoming special event showcasing Chocolate (and Love!) which is being held in Kimmswick on February 6th and 7th, 11am to 4pm each day.

The event is called Love n Chocolate. Attendees are invited to stroll through the charming shops and restaurants of Historic Kimmswick, during which they’ll each collect 25 pieces of chocolate heaven! Of course, there are prizes to be won! And don’t miss the chocolate fountain with sweet strawberries. If you or your sweetheart love chocolate, this is a must do event! Purchase your tickets online or drop by and pick up tickets from one of the following shops: Serendipity Gifts, Latest Craze, Shabby Chic Painted Rooster, and The Purple Pickle. These delightful stores are also the locations for picking up your bags (to fill with chocolate!) on the day of the event.

We hope to see you in Kimmswick for this event! Remember, The Blue Owl is open from 10am to 3 pm Tuesday through Friday and from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. We hope that you will take the time to stop in and dine with us. We have many amazing specialties, sandwiches, and more on our menu.

Please call us at 636.464.3128 to make a reservation for groups of 5 and more. Whether you’re dreaming of love, chocolate, or something else, remember that Dreams Really Do Come True!

All my love,

~ Mary