Welcome to Valerie's Original

Chicago Chocolate Tours - and more!

Cocoa pods in Ecuador



Long story sweet: we are no longer offering tours at this time.

Instead, I am focusing on speaking engagements which include seated chocolate tastings, and on consulting projects which include working with bean-to-bar chocolate makers, small-batch chocolatiers, and cacao-growing nations.

Remember: we are not on Groupon or any other daily deal sites. We are the award-winning and true "Valerie's Original" Chicago Chocolate Tours. #notongroupon 

Thank you, and "keep eating chocolate!"

Sweet regards,


~ Please enjoy my new blog on my under-construction-but-live rebranding site www.chocolateuplift.com and my new site, still in beta, at www.chocolateuplift.wix.com/chocolateupliftsite



 ~ New: We are rebranding! Our new umbrella name to cover our various business offerings such as travel, speaking, and consulting is ... Chocolate Uplift!

This name is based on our mission of Uplift Through Chocolate. The name and website Chicago Chocolate Tours will remain up of course, and the new Chocolate Uplift site will grow up around it, with links to all we do. The new site is still under construction, but you can be the first to see our first blog posts now at ChocolateUplift.com, and to see our under-construction demo site here.

Meanwhile, here is a special chocolate tasting event and some links for you:

Special event:

I'm doing a chocolate talk and tasting open to the public, at 12:45 on Valentine's Day, Saturday 2/14/15, at Alliance Patisserie, 615 N. State Street, Chicago, and a few spots remain! $40 at www.chicagochocolatetours.com/buy, or email info@chicagochocolatetours.com. ~ Valerie

In the news: click for a recent Chicago Tribune article about my speaking engagements, and my business rebranding. And, watch an interview I gave on tastytrade web tv about the health benefits of chocolate and the business of Valentine's Day.

Sweet & Chic: chocolate + accessories = sweet and chic. Click to shop my new sweet & chic gift sets.

Travel: click our Travel Club page or our blog travel page.

Speaking: looking for your next corporate, school, or association speaker on chocolate or entrepreneurship? Click our Speaking page. All talks come with chocolate!

Upcoming talks open to the public:

Tuesday 2/10/15, 11:30 am, Batavia Women in Business, Batavia, IL. Click here for details and tickets.

Saturday 4/4/15, 11:00 am, Kendall College, Chicago. Click here for details and tickets.

Consulting: want to grow your business, sell more chocolate, or promote your country's cocoa beans? See our Consulting page.

Importing: interested in purchasing delicious fair trade chocolate discs from Ecuador, for baking and melting, suitable for professionals or home bakers? See our Importing page.

Reminder: We are not on Groupon or Living Social or any deal sites. Our impostor is. We are the original, award-winning, quality-focused, "Valerie's Original Chicago Chocolate Tours." For more on my story, click for my bio.

Thank you!

"Here's to Uplift Through Chocolate!" ~ Valerie


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Macarons at Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter on our Magnificent Mile route


We are the original. Beware of the NYC-based impostor who uses our name or confusingly similar wording on daily deal sites. We are proud to be known for our professional, knowledgeable, and on-time Tourguides, for serving you chocolate and pastry with no artificial ingredients, and for not overfilling our tours, so that we give you a fun, fascinating, and of course delicious tour. Click for details, and thank you for your loyalty. #notongroupon


Treats at Whimsical Candy, on our Downtown Loop route




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