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Newburyport Chocolate Tour – Eat Chocolate, Be Happy, Do Good

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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For anyone with a sweet tooth, don’t miss the 2023 Newburyport Chocolate Tour, a mouthwatering day filled with chocolaty treats from local retailers. On Saturday, October 7th from 12 – 4 pm, over 30 shops in downtown Newburyport will be offering up sweet treats to patrons with a chocolate tour ticket. This wonderful annual event in its 20th year, is hosted by volunteers from the Central Congregational Church and 100% of the NET proceeds are used to support local nonprofits.

The Newburyport Chocolate Tour is a great way to experience and explore downtown while also indulging in chocolate! From specialty stores to bakeries, this indulgent event offers a great variety of participants, allowing you to shop your way through town while embarking on the chocolate tour.

Chocolate Tour at Gelato, Amy & Alexa Warchol

Purchase tickets for this delicious event that helps to promote awareness of our local Newburyport small businesses! Advanced tickets can be purchased at one of the following locations: Affamata in the Tannery, Brass Lion or the Candy Man. You can also purchase tickets online. While tickets are available for purchase the day of the event for $25, be warned, the Chocolate Tour limits sales to 400 total tickets and the event typically sells out.

Kick off the fun at the Newburyport Chocolate Tour starting point, the Unitarian Universalist Church, 26 Pleasant Street, where you will get a map of all the tasty stops and a bag to collect what you manage to not eat immediately! There will also be some chocolate themed baskets for raffle, so grab some tickets to try your luck when you pick up your map.

The Chocolate Tour motto, “Eat Chocolate. Be Happy. Do Good.“, sums up this delicious tour as 100% of net proceeds are donated to local nonprofit organizations. This year’s proceeds go to 8 Local Community Groups this year: 5 Councils on Aging for Prescription Refill & Transportation Programs, Community Services of Newburyport, New England Equine Rescue, and The Guinea Pig Sanctuary. View more about these wonderful local organizations below. You can truly feel happy eating chocolate AND donating to great causes.

Chocolate Tour at Soak Serving Simply Sweet Chocoates, NewburyportThe Chocolate Tour needs and greatly appreciates volunteers interested in helping run this wonderful event. If you are available to be surrounded by smiles and sweet treats, e-mail Diane at newburyportchoclatetour@gmail.com to sign-up.

For more fun happenings in Newburyport, be sure to check out our full events calendar!

2023 Chocolate Tour Benefactors:

Prescription Refill and Transportation Programs for Elders

This is the 11th year that the Chocolate Tour has supported these prescription refill and transportation programs for elders run by our local Councils on Aging (Amesbury, Newburyport, Salisbury and Newbury).  The funds help elders cover co-pays and other medical and transportation needs that often are beyond the elder’s weekly budget. By having a bit of cash readily available, a staff member can immediately help an elder.  Nothing fancy and it works.

Community Service of Newburyport

Community Services of Newburyport is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to offering food, clothing, emotional support and even camperships for children without funds for a summer camping experience.

New England Equine Rescue

New England Equine Rescue, know as NEER is a local West Newbury rescue group working to save horses, ponies, and donkeys from a variety of situations where the animal is at risk.

The Guinea Pig Sanctuary

We love to hear of local community members working hard to help beloved animals therefore the The Guinea Pig Sanctuary easily won the vote as a new beneficiary of the Chocolate Tour for 2023.