Let’s make your Monday a little sweeter, shall we? I’m so excited to share all the details of my trip to Lindt’s USA headquarters! Though New Hampshire isn’t the official HQ (that’s in Switzerland) but maybe next time? Truly, New Hampshire was gorgeous. I loved enjoying the coast! Plus, I’m sharing some pretty inspiration (above) for a pink chocolate party. What a fun idea for a baby shower, bridal shower, or anytime you just need a little dose of PINK!
Lindt’s US Headquarters
I’m so thrilled to be a part of Lindt’s 2016 Blogger Council (with Two Peas & Their Pod, Mod Max Glam, and Sugar & Cloth) and have the opportunity to share sweet ideas with you all year long. Part of the fun started with a fabulous trip to the HQ, and I even got to have my right hand gal (my Mom!) join in the fun. It started out in Portsmouth, NH! This is the most charming little coastal town that I adore! Take a little photo tour of the trip below…
My Mom and I enjoyed dinner at Surf and this was our view (above). Amazing sunset! I loved these tugboats, so cute. The town was just so charming and reminded me a lot of Charleston, SC. At Surf, we had some of the best shrimp we’ve ever had! We also enjoyed Lobster Brie Nachos. Oh my WORD. If you are ever in Portsmouth, you must try these!
The next morning we began our Lindt journey with a wonderful breakfast with the Lindt US CEO Thomas Linemayr who walked us through all the facets that make Lindt so unique! We also had a “bean to bar” presentation from one of their Master Chocolatier’s Ann Czaja. It was so fascinating to hear the details of how chocolate is made. I also learned that Lindt’s white chocolate actually contains parts of the cocoa bean making it actual chocolate! Cool! What I truly discovered was just how passionate everyone at Lindt is for their chocolate. The passion and quality of the chocolate really creates that Lindt difference.
One of my FAVORITE parts of the trip was the factory tour! We even got to eat a LINDOR truffle and an EXCELLENCE Bar right off the line. We all about died from excitement. I wish I could have brought each of you on this journey with me! The entire place (even the parking lot) SMELLED like chocolate. I kid you not. Amazing.
We got to dive into three of the LINDT lines: LINDOR, EXCELLENCE, and HELLO. For the HELLO line (you might remember it here), we visited Art With a Splash. So painting is not one of my talents but with a few chocolate bars in hand, I had a fabulous time. This chocolate line is young at heart and super fun so it was the perfect activity! Below is a picture of our painting!
Didn’t we all do a great job?! We definitely had some talented painters (not me, haha). But truly, chocolate and painting? It was super relaxing and oh so fun. Next up was enjoying some of the delicious eats in Portsmouth! I even tried oysters for the first time (at Row 34 – delish spot!). Can you believe it? So I think they will take some getting used to, but I loved trying them!
That evening we had a wonderful wine and chocolate tasting at Rudi’s. Now when you pair amazing chocolate with different wines? That’s a dynamite duo. I loved the unique bars like pineapple (my favorite). I can’t wait to host some girlfriends and recreate the tasting for them. The EXCELLENCE line is such a smooth chocolate, and I now have a completely new appreciate of dark chocolate. To think I thought I didn’t even like dark chocolate…now it’s right up there as my favorite. Truly though, a glass of amazing wine and a few bites of delicious chocolate makes everything better. These bars are my new go-to gift idea! I might even create a “wine and chocolate pairing” gift that has a few bottles and bars packaged in a fun way. What do you think? Cute, huh?!
Lastly, we learned about the LINDOR truffles! I have to say I’ve had lots of life knowledge of these amazing truffles (does anyone else grab one at the check-out at Michael’s?!). We all enjoyed pedicures and delicious truffles. That smooth moment when the center of the truffles melt in your mouth? Well, it’s called the #LINDORmelt! There are so many amazing flavors of these truffles. My current favorite is the almond, but it changes every day ;)
Finally, we had a shopping spree at the Boylston Street shop in Boston, MA before we had to fly home. HEAVEN! Truly, they had so many of the products. It was so fun to pick and choose some of the more unique flavors.
What I truly captured from this trip was just how passionate everyone at Lindt is for the chocolate and their company. I left with the same passion and excitement for being a small part of such an exciting premium chocolate company. Just being with the team for a few days made me feel this enthusiasm! I was even striking up convos on the plane about all the truffle flavors. YUM!
Because I love to share fun party ideas, here are a few more inspirational party images for you! Grab a fun pink and white fabric and pair with fun plates for a PINK PARTY! Why not make it a pink and chocolate party? Serve up a variety of pink shades of the LINDOR truffles as favors. Serve up pink lemonade or maybe even these frozen rosé grapefruit cocktails? Perfection! I loved the addition of cute silver polka dotted plates from Kate Spade. Dots and stripes? My favorite combo.
I hope you enjoyed my little journey and the images too! I also hope you love chocolate because there are lots of “sweet” chocolate ideas coming your way this year. Thanks for following along!