French Broad Chocolate Lounge

French Broad Chocolates is a chocolate company based out of Asheville, North Carolina. 

They’ve got a chocolate boutique and chocolate lounge in pack square - right in the heart of Downtown. I’ve been wanting to go to the lounge for a while because I heart chocolate *almost* as much as I heart being spooky. 

I suggest parking at the garage right off Market Street- across from the Fire Department; since parking in pack square can kinda be in high demand. The shop and lounge is only a short stroll up.

The day I visited the chocolate lounge I had a hard time opening the door, as usual - but once I got inside I immediately smelled waves of delicious chocolate and forgot about my brief battle with the hinged nemesis. 

There was a pretty long line - but the wait went by rather quickly; and it was a great opportunity to take in my surroundings. The interior of the chocolate lounge totally feels reminiscent of an old timey 1920s era Chocolate Shop (pre - 1929 Great Depression). 

There were *so* many delectable types of desserts & truffles to choose from;  as well as ice cream, beer, wine, & bubbly - it was hard to decide on what I wanted. 

Finally, I ordered a Lavender Creme Brûlée, Pistachio Macaroon, and Salted Caramel Drinking Chocolate. 

My Creme Brûlée, and Pistachio Macaroon came up right away - so I grabbed them and found a nice little secluded two top table in the hallway.

Shortly after; one of the nice servers brought my salted caramel drinking chocolate over to my table. 

By then I had already devoured Macaroon, which was very authentic tasting - light & airy; yet crunchy and chewy at the same time - with a distinct pistachio flavor to it. 

The Drinkable Salted Caramel Chocolate was just the right temperature, sweet but not a weird sugary sweet, and thick AF. There was a delightful salted taste when I licked my lips. 

Oh; and the Creme Brûlée was superb as well - no overpowering lavender taste or overbearing sweetness to it. 

I would definitely suggest getting some water when you order your food and drink, so you don’t have to wait in line again. The chocolate and sweets made me SO thirsty, bizarre - I know. 

After you eat; bus your table - and head out the back (past the restrooms) so you don’t miss the “Chocolate Library” Boutique. 

While you’re over at French Broad Chocolates make sure you wander a little ways over to the center of the city to admire the pig statues and take lots of cute pictures for your IG. 

So I haven’t been to the chocolate *factory* yet; I’ll have to report back on that - but, I’d imagine it’s a lot like lot the factory in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - but without all the Oompa Loompas. I really hope they have a chocolate waterfall I can fall into.

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