There is something so peaceful about this sleepy little country town, absolutely breathtaking nestled at the foot of the Gallatin mountains. Folks this is cowboy country, with farms and ranches lining the countryside. The locals gathering downtown at the quaint eateries and shops tend to be friendly and moving at a slow pace. Very little horn honking here. Somewhat quirky and a college town to boot this quintessential mid-west spot is really in the middle of, dare I say, nowhere. Well let’s just say it’s not easy to get here.
My daughter would call this a fly over state, but I would call it a must see state. You’ll find organic grocery stores offering all local farm products, a mini Whole Foods only less expensive and a hand full of upscale restaurants. While they didn’t have a cupcake shop per se they did have chocolate! Bingo…….
La Chatelaine Chocolat company locally made by an imported young French couple with an infectious passion for chocolates . While standing at the counter I was schooled in the art of tasting chocolate and thought you might think it interesting. First you must close your eyes, tune out everything around you but the dizzying aroma of the chocolate. Next you smell trying to identify and describe this aroma, is it floral, tobacco, spicy, piquant, or fruity. Finally taste the chocolate, slowly focus on the flavor, not the texture. Let the chocolate dissolve on your tongue for a few seconds. When does the deep, rich chocolaty flavor hit? Good chocolate should slowly linger on your tongue. Let the flavors resonate. I tried the Montana Huckleberry with Pates de fruits layered between dark chocolate ganache, the pomegranate with pates de fruits blended in dark chocolate ganache, and lastly the Frenchy Sea Salt Caramel made with salted butter caramel and organic cream layered on dark chocolate ganache topped off with a dash of sea salt. Needless to say they were intoxicating and set me into a dream like state. Exquisite.
*Note to self: look for a new job as a chocolate taster
I also stumbled upon the Chocolate Moose serving candies, chocolates, and hosting an old-time soda fountain. I was enthralled with the Huckleberry ice cream. Can’t say I’ve ever seen a huckleberry (going to google it right after this) but they sure taste good. Similar to blueberries. Sweet velvety ice cream perfect on a hot dry summer’s day.
Love this sign but the photo I took cut it off. It reads, “Sometimes I hold a gun.. Sometimes I hold a man. Either way I’m livin’ real dangerous-like. Welcome to cowboy country.
Well all I can say is, if you happen to be wandering around the state of Montana do have a look at Bozeman. Get yourself a nice treat and sit a spell.
La Chatelaine Chocolat Co 1516 W. Main St. Bozeman, MT
The Chocolate Moose 140 East Main, Suite C, Bozeman, MT 59715
Tel: (406) 551-2148