A couple of weeks ago Jeremy and I went on a little getaway to Illinois. Illinois? Yes, Illinois. A friend of ours who lives in Rockford, IL was getting married the same week of our anniversary so we thought we’d make a it little anniversary celebration trip too. We actually stayed in Bloomington, IL the first couple of days of our trip at a little B&B called the Vrooman Mansion (see pic above). Except there is nothing little about this place…it has 18 rooms, a massive outdoor patio, several parlors and is just gorgeous! I highly recommend this place if you are travelling through Illinois. Oh, and the breakfast is divine!
We did lots of antiquating and some other mansion tours (one being the David Davis Mansion–who knew there were so many in Illinois?) and even hit up a winery that had live music one night. Oh, and found a couple of totally fabulous restaurants. We LOVED every minute in Bloomington.
Of course part of our trek through Illinois included some carefully researched sweet stops. The first being this very unassuming chocolate shop in Bloomington, The Chocolatier, Inc. It’s located in their downtown area and when we drove up I kind of thought it didn’t look too legit. The outside was meh and inside there were ZERO frills…we’re talking bakery cases for the chocolates and then jars of bulk candy. No gimmicks, no aesthetic niceties…nothing.
But guess what? I was WRONG. This place was more then legit. It was crazy good. I didn’t get any of the bulk candy, because I wanted to focus on the chocolate that was made there. I can honestly say the chocolates at this place were perhaps the best I have ever had. I’m talking melt in your mouth, nothing artificial, amazing, deliciousness.
Here’s what we got. It was so hard to choose but I narrowed it down to six. A Coffee Buttercream, Chocolate Covered Marshmallow, Marzipan Truffle, Amaretto Truffle, a Peanut Butter Cup and a Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffle.
First of all, none of these were bad. They were all delicious. But of course we had to rank our favorites. The Coffee Buttercream came in last only because I thought it could have used a tad more coffee flavor. Next, was the Chocolate Covered Marshmallow which was actually really, really good and I have never found a homemade marshmallow I like better than mine (sorry, it’s true!). After that the Marzipan came in fourth, only because the top three were soooo good. So third was the Amaretto Truffle…amazing amaretto flavored ganache covered with a milk chocolate shell. Yum.
Second was the Peanut Butter Cup. Oh my gosh…I’ve always loved my homemade peanut butter balls but I thought this thing was way better. So good.
And lastly the star of the show was the Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffle. Holy cow. Amazing dark chocolate ganache middle infused with raspberry puree and covered in a dark chocolate shell. It. Was. Divine. Not to mention gorgeous.
So yeah. This place is the real deal when it comes to chocolate. Definitely go if you are ever there. Our next stop was in Chicago at a teeny, tiny pie place…can’t wait to share with you next week!