Isle au Haut is one of Maine's 15 island communities. When Rode Trip visited the island last summer, Brian and I took advantage of the hiking trails within the boundaries of Acadia National Park (comprises five square miles of the island's total 12 square miles). This year we had a much different agenda; to find chocolate! Our friend, Candace, told us about the Chocolatier on Isle au Haut and thus we'd found the day's event. Eating chocolate! But first we had to get there...
From our rafted boats we dinghied to the town dock, taking a detour around this mini-island to determine that it was in fact an island and that there was just barely enough water to circumnavigate it.
Over the river and through the woods to the Chcolatier we go!
We paused to admire the views from atop Black Dinah Mountain.
And then...out of the woods...VIOLA! The Chocolatier's cottage!
Welcome to Black Dinah Chocolatiers
. Here, Kate and Steve have made magic happen at their island home by combining their creative culinary skills with the most delicious locally grown ingredients to create a delectable treat. Kate and Steve are year-round residents of Isle au Haut and they've contributed their talents to this small community. Brian, Dennis, Candace and I stood, mouths watering, deciding which of the scintillating flavors to sample.
Blueberry Black Pepper, Rum Ginger, Strawberry Balsamic, Sea Salt Caramel, Lavender, and Earl Grey were just a few of the flavor combinations set before us. We sat in the funky cafe at the edge of the forest admiring the delicately decorated truffles for mere seconds before Candace and I selected the first morsel.
With each, tiny bite we determined that these were by far the best chocolates we'd ever eaten! We wanted to postpone the end to our lavish treat so we put forth our best will-power and closed the box for our walk and dinghy ride back to the boats.