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You Can Now Get a Lobster Chocolate Bar on Cape Cod
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Lobster Chocolate Bar

Even if you've never been to Cape Cod before, you've probably heard about the area's famous lobster rolls. It seems as though every clam shack throughout the Cape has a unique take on this sandwich, with diners and fine dining establishments also getting in on the action.

But have you ever heard of lobster chocolate? Yes, it's a real thing, and it's actually becoming pretty popular on Cape Cod.

Local chocolatier Paul John Kearins, owner of Chocolatasm at 334 Commercial Street in Provincetown, released the special chocolate bar, called the Cape Cod Bar, in May, and it is a hot commodity. In fact, Kearins frequently runs out of stock, so if you're lucky enough to visit Chocolatasm when he has some in stock, it's highly recommended that you give it a try.

Here's what you should know about the Cape Cod Bar.


What are the Actual Ingredients?

Ok, so there's lobster in the description of the bar, but there can't be actual lobster in the bar, can there? Yes, there can, as one of the ingredients is dried Atlantic lobster.

You won't come away thinking that you've just enjoyed an expensive lobster dinner after trying the Cape Cod Bar, but you'll definitely notice the lobster flavor and will be surprised at how well it compliments the other ingredients. As for the other items in the bar, it's made from 50% cocoa butter white chocolate, along with lemon oil, parsley, and Cape Cod sea salt. It’s a strange combination at first thought, but visitors and locals alike have been gobbling this product up since the spring, with no end in sight to its popularity. If you can get past the fact that there’s lobster in the chocolate bar, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its flavor.


Why Lobster?

You're probably wondering why anyone would think that lobster and chocolate could possibly go together. The idea actually came from a conversation between Kearins and one of the owners of Chequessett Chocolate in Truro. The two chocolatiers were talking at the New England Chocolate Festival in 2018 about the possibility of adding lobster to a chocolate bar. The conversation mostly focused on the concept and whether or not it was feasible to attempt such a feat. From there, Kearins decided to experiment and create a recipe. He was eventually successful and the rest, as they say, is history.


Where Can I Buy It and How Much Does It Cost?

Lobster is notoriously expensive, but what about this chocolate bar? Well, truth be told, at $9 per bar, it isn't cheap. It is in line, however, with the other artisan chocolates at this boutique, so it's not like you're paying a premium because of there's the essence of lobster in the product.

As for picking up a bar yourself, you can head to 339 Commercial Street in Provincetown while you're on Cape Cod or order from Chocolatasm's online store.

Beacon Hill Chocolates and Gourmet Boutique in Boston also carry the bars, stock permitting.


About Chocolatasm

One thing that you should know about Chocolatasm is that they're not afraid to take risks. In addition to their Cape Cod Bar, the boutique also has a bar made from rhubarb and carbonated sugar, one using beetroot, and another with unfermented cocoa beans. You can also get peanut butter bonbons covered with Sriracha honey and the Yuenyeung Bar, which is inspired by a popular drink in Hong Kong. Basically, if an ingredient seems like it could work with chocolate,  Kearins isn’t afraid to play around with it to see if he can create something that people will eat. Organic ingredients are used wherever possible, as well, adding an entirely new dimension to this now-famous retailer.

The next time you're on the Cape, make Chocolatasm one of your must-visit destinations.

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I Will Need More of That When I Get Back to the Cape!
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Thursday, January 31, 2019


Provincetown Fudge FactoryTravelers who head to the Cape tend to immerse themselves in local activities and culture because, truth be told, it’s unavoidable.

Whether you spend your time hitting the beaches, boating on the ocean or kettleponds, or sampling some local cuisine, it’s easy to spend your holiday living like a true Cape Cod resident, especially if you’re staying in a vacation rental.

While here, you’ll also get to try some products that are made right on the Cape and, for the most part, aren’t available in other parts of the country. These items will leave you dreaming of the day you get to return to Cape Cod to experience them again. 

Here is a list of some businesses found exclusively on the Outer Cape that guests say they cannot get enough of and will be sure to visit again on their next vacation.


1. South Hollow Spirits

It should come as no surprise that many people who vacation on Cape Cod end up trying the local libations from South Hollow Spirits. This distillery in North Truro makes white rum, spiced rum, and amber rum, all of which are popular, but travelers say the first thing they’ll buy upon returning to the Cape is the Dry Line Cape Cod Gin.

Every bottle of this gin is made using eastern red cedar juniper berries, which are grown on trees just steps from the distillery's 11 Shore Road location. It doesn't get more local than this, so if you're a gin lover who is vacationing on the Cape, you'll have to give it a try.

Even if you don’t have a chance to make it to South Hollow Spirits, you can purchase the gin at various stores up and down the Cape, and even into Boston and Western Massachusetts. It’s also served at pubs and restaurants on Cape Cod, so make sure you ask if they carry South Hollow Spirits when ordering your next drink.


2. Atlantic Spice Company

Also along Shore Road in North Truro is Atlantic Spice Company, a wholesaler offering some of the highest quality herbs, spices, teas, botanicals, essential oils, nuts, seeds, extracts, and dehydrated vegetables you'll find anywhere. Those who try the offerings from Atlantic Spice Company often can't get it out of their head, which is why this is one of the first places they return to on their next vacation.

The great thing about the herbs and other products from Atlantic Spice Company is that you can use them when cooking meals at your Cape Cod vacation rental and then take the rest home with you to use throughout the year. You'll be blown away by the selection at this retailer, as well, and this volume is why they have been successful since 1994.


3. Chequessett Chocolate

OK, so we're probably over-representing North Truro here, but the area has some great local enterprises that visitors return to year after year on their Cape Cod vacations. Another of the area’s gems is Chequessett Chocolate, which uses sustainably-grown cacao beans to create its handcrafted chocolates right in its Cape Cod workshop.

The shop here carries chocolate bars, cocoa powder, chocolate-dipped fruit, toffee, cookies, and caramel, taking care of each step of the process themselves. This means that Chequessett Chocolate employees handle the roasting, cracking, winnowing, grinding, conching, tempering, and molding of the chocolate, leaving nothing to outside sources. The end result is that each chocolate product is made to the highest standards.

There’s a cafe on-site at Chequessett Chocolate, as well, where you can have a coffee, tea, smoothie, juice, or ice cream with your chocolate. There's also the High Tide Kitchen food truck in the retailer's parking lot in the summer, so you can enjoy a meal without having to go too far.


4. PB Boulangerie

Right by the Wellfleet Trailhead of the Cape Cod Rail Trail is PB Boulangerie Bistro, a French restaurant that is well-known all over the Cape for its high-quality cuisine. Attached to the bistro is a bakery, however, and that is what visitors say they're looking forward to trying again the next time they're on the Cape.

The creations at this bakery are legendary, as the items like the homemade cookies, lemon tarts, croissants, and various types of bread are to die for. You might even find yourself packing a loaf or two to bring home with you when the time comes to leave the Cape until next year.


5. Provincetown Fudge Factory

You might not believe it, but some of the world's best fudge is made on the Outer Cape at Provincetown Fudge Factory. The factory's success is attributed to its original family recipe and the fact that everything is handmade the old-fashioned way with copper pots and hand paddles. In the summer, you can even watch the staff as they make this world-famous fudge from scratch.

In addition to fudge, you can pick up peanut butter cups, taffy, nuts, jar candy, chocolate, and truffles at this Commercial Street location, which has been in business since 1984. Once you head inside and smell the chocolatey goodness, you'll quickly see why visitors to the Cape always come back to Provincetown Fudge Factory.


Head to the Outer Cape

If you’ve never been to Cape Cod before, now is your chance to book a vacation rental on the Outer Cape. Once here, you’ll be within easy commuting distance of these Cape-Cod-exclusive locations that repeat visitors return to time after time.

Many Cape Cod regular visitors can’t wait to start their next vacations so they can hit up these establishments again, and once you give them a try, we’re confident that you’ll feel the same way.

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