Today Miss V, her lovely mom and I visited the factory storefront of Amano Chocolates.
Deep in Orem's warehouse district, behind this unassuming blonde-brick storefront, there lies a cornucopia of chocolate bliss. Amano goes through every step in the chocolate-making process, from finding the beans to roasting them to making and selling the chocolate bars.
Beautiful images on the walls...
...and beautiful, beautiful chocolate on every horizontal surface.
Delectable sweets of fabulousness. Not shown: equally fabulous brownies made of Madagascar chocolate, which we scarfed with many appropriate noises of bliss. My personal fave thus far: the Dos Rios bar, with a hint of citrus flavor (no citrus was added to the bar; it's just the natural taste of these particular cocoa beans shining through).
Plebeian Hershey bars these ain't. They have won grand prize awards in European chocolate competitions. Accordingly, the price per bar is not cheap, but a little goes a long way.
Besides, it is so choice. If you find yourself in Orem, Utah in the near future and have the means, I highly recommend it.