Chocolate Lovers Unite: What Are Chocolate Lovers Meetup Groups?

Oh, The Love!

Yes, I do love to eat chocolate. I like all types, be it milk, dark, white, or any other type that I am not typing as I am busy licking my lips! While I do not hide this fact, I had not thought about joining a group with people who share this interest. I became intrigued when I heard about the Chocolate Lovers Meetup Groups. I had to know more. I had to write this hub.

Take a Bite... Or Two

Hey, who took a few pieces?
Hey, who took a few pieces? | Source

The Meetup Groups

There are currently 22 Chocolate Lovers Meetup Groups, based in three countries.

The groups regularly meet to discuss aspects of chocolate, eat it (of course!) and trade recipes. I know! In total, there are currently 3,463 members in the organization. Well, I may just have to join too so that number could be increasing soon... along with my waistline!

There are currently groups in the United States, England and Australia. While England and Australia each have one group, the rest are geographically clustered in the US. The largest of the groups are in San Francisco, Seattle and Portland.

Here are the group numbers:

  • The San Francisco Bay Area CHOCOLATE Meetup has 900 members.
  • The Seattle Area CHOCOLATE Meetup has 423 members.
  • The Portland Chocolate Lovers Meetup Group has 156 members.

Shout out to San Francisco, you have great taste! Literally. (Why yes, you can groan. I did.)

Exercise and Goodies

Wait, does walking and chocolate go together?
Wait, does walking and chocolate go together? | Source

The Activities

The groups plan activities that revolve around an aspect of the sweet treat. In April, the San Fran group planned a "Chocolate Hike". The description of the event, posted on meetup.com prior to the set date, includes this description:

"We want to eat more chocolate?!

Burn off some calories and then enjoy some more by eating Chocolate with us in Golden Gate Park. There are great views of our city to be found here and we will stop to take pleasure in them and chocolate at certain points along our route."

While the agenda is longer than this excerpt, I had to stop at this point and think about the combination of exercise with the delicious food.

I smile.

The point of the hike is about more than the exercise, it is about having fun with other people and enjoying two of my favorite things:

  • Sweet Treats
  • Walking

While I do not put them together on a regular basis, I think this does sound like a fun day out! The group even uploaded photos here of the event. Looks like it was fun, aha I was right!

Seattle Likes Activities Too

The next largest group is the Seattle Area Meetup. The last meetup was a few weeks ago at the Seattle Chocolate Salon. Wait for it: The group attended the "5th Annual Seattle Luxury Chocolate Salon" - the 5th Annual! How have I missed hearing about this event five years in a row?! While I do not live in Seattle, or even in the US for that matter, I am still baffled that my brownie-loving being has not read about this one sooner.

At the event, several chocolatiers, confectioners and other culinary artists were featured. There were tastings, demonstrations and interviews by TasteTV's Chocolate Television program.

(Note to self: include TasteTV in my next cable package).

37 members of the group attended, and the "Event Host" was Regina, who has as her profile tagline: "I am all about chocolate!" It seems she would have been in heaven at the event! Well, a chocolatey sort of heaven...

Goodies A La Group

Go ahead... You can be a member too!
Go ahead... You can be a member too! | Source

The Groups

Both of these groups were founded in 2008 and appear to be going strong in terms of member participation and planning of events. If you would like to join or find out more information, check out the Chocolate Lovers Meetup Groups.

Enjoy yourself, make new friends and eat some delicious food while you are at it! I may just start one here in Canada soon. Sweet dreams, my friends. (Yes, you may groan again.)

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Jools, I do wonder if the chocolate at those events is extra-fancy. I'm happy we share the love of the sweet treats! Keep up the smiles. Thanks for the comment!

@Jackie, glad I could be of assistance in getting you to eat chocolate :)

@RandomCreative, Thanks again for the share and comments. When I heard about the group I had to research!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@OldeCashmere, thanks for stopping by the hub! I share your love of chocolate and do try to eat it in moderation. I thought it was such a neat group idea and sounds fun. Thanks for the comment that made me smile!

@Teaches, He he that's a great poll result! Glad to share... now hand me that chocolate :)

@Katrina, Mmmm now I'm hungry again. Thank-you for the comment my friend.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Like you Christy, I am not a chocolate snob, I eat ANY chocolate - my favourite is Cadbury's but I'll happily each supermarket brands as well. I worry that if I went to one of these groups, I would be bamboozled by all the chocalatiers etc, I'd be out of my depth so I'll stick to eating it on my own with a glass of milk and a big smile :o)


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I have been craving chocolate all day! When I saw your chocolates it jolted my memory, I have fat free devils food cookies I bought yesterday! So I can end this on a sweet note....ah......great hub!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

What a great topic for a hub! I had no idea that such groups existed. Thanks for the detailed information.


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

Excellent and fun hub about one of my favorite things in the world. I've been in love with chocolate since I was a kid. What an awesome idea to have a group of like minded people meet up and have fun with an interest they all share. Great article! Awesome, and interesting :)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I see that almost 70% would join a chocolate group, including me. Where do I sign up! He, he, he. Thanks for bringing this topic into the light!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Rebecca, yes I have been reading good things about chocolate too. Thanks for the additional info here!

@articlesocean, I am getting hungry! Thank-you for the comment and follow too.

@Bill, That sounds like a great road-trip for you and Bev!

@Criss, my thoughts exactly.

@lovektj, Mmmm that's a good type of chocolate alright!


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katrinasui 4 years ago

nice hub! I love chocolates:)


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

The best thing, well besides taste, chocolate has lots of good antioxidants. And it's a natural mood enhancer. Very interesting Hub!


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articlesocean 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

Lovektj - Belgian Chocolate is just delicious. Good hub !


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Wow, an hour by freeway either way and I'm in chocolate heaven. How cool is that? Great hub about one of my favorite subjects.


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criss1823 4 years ago

yummy


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lovektj 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

check out www.galleramerica.com for some really good Belgian Chcolate!!!!

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