Chocolate Trail offers sweets and treats

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the New Mexico Chocolate Trail has been relaunched this year, offering a sweet experience for locals and tourists alike.

Similar to the New Mexico Breakfast Burrito Byway and the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail, the New Mexico Chocolate Trail will not only promote tourism and help businesses, but also satisfy your sweet tooth.

The Chocolate Trail offers indulgence in one of life’s greatest pleasures and lists off the top places for chocolate.

Grace Lapsys, owner and chocolatier of Joliesse Chocolates in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque learned the craft of chocolate making in France and Canada. You’ll also find treats and sweets named after Hollywood stars.

“After my training, my husband and I decided to open up this shop because we felt a need for a chocolate lounge in Albuquerque,” said Lapsys. Her husband, Troy, added, “We love to get new people in.”

At the Chocolate Cartel on Juan Tabo, you can check out sweets inspired by local produce.

“Almost every one of our products, we have a chile version of,” said Troy Lowe, chocolatier. “It just brings out the flavor of the chocolate itself.”

But the chocolate fix isn’t finished in the Duke City. The trail lists spots in Mesilla and four stops in Santa Fe.

The state tourism office said while the Chocolate Trail isn’t yet an official attraction like the Breakfast Burrito Byway or the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail, it could be expanded if interest grows.

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