From pier to there – Key West and Kilwin’s Chocolates were the last stops on this year’s cruise. If you want to taste Key Lime pie, cake, cookies, ice cream, or candy, this is the place. Everywhere we looked, there was a Key Lime shop of some kind.
My family, my friend Pam and I took the tour bus to the shopping area of Key West. It overflowed with tourists. The family set out on foot, but Pam and I were tired so we rented an electric car. Pam drove (thank God); she got the hang of it quickly and did a really good job. When a guy on a street corner yelled something about her driving, we knew we were back in the USA. We just laughed and waved. We circled the shopping area several times, scouting out where to stop. At one point my daughter Kelly ran up to our car and told me she bought some amazing eye cream and that I had to go check it out. Even though my feet were sore, I jumped out and ran into the shop with her. I had been so tired the last couple of days, I felt as if my tiara were slipping, so perhaps a new eye cream was just what I needed. The cute Israeli guys ushered us in; Kelly, daughter-in-law Yvette, and I bought eye cream. Emilio, the salesman helping me told me I was the most beautiful woman to ever come in the shop, or at least the most beautiful this month so I bought a mask and a peel, too. Lol. Miss Hannah, my 9 year old granddaughter, told me she thought he just wanted to get my money. Mmmm hmmm; we ain’t raising no dummy.
Next stop was Kilwin’s Chocolates. I was so looking forward to having a Key Lime truffle or bon bon. The shop was really cute; reminiscent of an old time candy store. We looked at everything; chocolates, ice cream, gift baskets, and candy apples. But to my great disappointment, the lady working behind the counter said they were “out of” Key Lime flavored chocolates. She did have Key Lime fudge so I bought some of that along with salted caramel fudge. I wanted to taste their chocolates later so got an assorted box to go. She assured me a couple of times that the owners were not available; they live in another city. It was only then that I realized Kilwin’s is a chain. I believe (according to their website) the chocolates are made in another city and shipped to Key West. The fudge is made on-site.
Back on the ship, we started tasting. The fudge was really, really nice. It was light, smooth and creamy. I liked the Key Lime much better than the salted caramel. I’m sad to report that the boxed truffles were a disappointment. They flavors were traditional; they call them “everyday truffles” – dark chocolate, hazelnut, raspberry, mocha, and peppermint. The presentation and consistency were nice, but unfortunately, the peppermint was included in the sealed box. Mint or peppermint truffles are usually sold separately because their aroma and flavor permeate the surrounding chocolates. And sure ‘nuf, that was the case; most everything in the box tasted like mint.
We enjoyed dinner on the Carnival Freedom and ordered an assortment of chocolate desserts. They were perfection. Then we went to the karaoke lounge. The singing was awful. When a guy sang “Our Love Will Go On” from the movie Titanic, I thought it was a poor choice for a cruise ship. But I knew there were no icebergs in the Gulf of Mexico so decided to go with it. I raised my hands in the air and swayed back and forth; Pam held up her Bic lighter. Kelly and husband Brian sang along.
The next two days were smooth sailing on the Freedom. We arrived happily and safely back in our beloved Texas. I couldn’t wait to see my dogs, Sugar Bear and Lulu. I think their licks on my face will do as much for me and any eye cream. But we love you, Key West, and hope to visit again.
Next year’s cruise: Belize and Honduras.
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