I couldn’t wait to visit Bootleg Chocolates! I just love the name. I’ve always been intrigued by tales of bootleggers, rum runners, and pirates of the South Seas. In my mind they all look like Johnny Depp or a young Marlon Brando.
We (my whole family and friend Pam) disembarked our cruise ship in Freeport and took a bus to the shopping area on the other side of the island (driving on the ‘other’ side of the street again). We walked a short distance to the beach, and it was heavenly. The sand and the water were perfect; I got a little more tan. Later we walked back to the shopping area and found Bootleg Chocolates. What an idyllic location! The shop looks out at a small harbor with sparkling water and lots of pristine white boats. I could have stayed there all day. I didn’t hurt that it was right next door to a rum shop either.
We met Bootleg’s owners, Steve and Amanda as well as Katrina working behind the counter. Daphne, their very talented master chocolatier, came out of the kitchen to meet us, too. They were all delightful and made an impressive crew.
We all grabbed boxes of Key Lime caramels and were glad we did when we tasted them later. The lime-flavored caramels were smooth with a perfect dark chocolate coating decorated with a transfer of lime slices and an anchor. It was the first time I’d tasted Key Lime caramels, but not the last; they were wonderful. All natural with no preservatives, but they say they will last for 10 weeks at room temperature. Ha! No worries for us; ours were eaten within the first day.
The bonbons were amazing! My son, Casey, is my best ‘taster’ and he has tasted a chocolate or two over the past 12 years. He told me these were among the best he’s ever tasted. I agreed; we definitely put Bootleg Chocolates in our all-time top 5 chocolates and chocolatiers! Their use of European dark chocolate and fresh fruit and berries indigenous to the Bahamas is intoxicating. Even more so when they add some Caribbean rum like guava with rum sauce as tropical guava pudding in a buttery rum sauce or the vanilla bean and rum, hearty dark rum mellowed by a sophisticated whisper of Madagascar vanilla – who could resist that? Other bonbon flavors are black tea and ginger, spiced lime and raisin, pineapple hibiscus, and gin and coconut milk. I promise you a gift box of this selection from Bootleg Chocolates will delight any chocolate lover or connoisseur.
On the bus ride back to the ship, our tour bus broke down. A few of the guys looked at the engine, but looking at it didn’t help. Our driver called a couple of shuttle buses to pick us up and get us to the ship on time. I thought it might not be so bad to miss the ship; we could go back to Bootleg Chocolates and that pretty marina.
We made it; boarded the ship in plenty of time. Next stop: Key West, Florida
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