Sea salt is sprinkled on caramels after they go through a waterfall of chocolate. Several Coupeville businesses will be offering a caramel treat this Saturday. Photo by Megan Hansen/Whidbey News-Times.

Sea salt is sprinkled on caramels after they go through a waterfall of chocolate. Several Coupeville businesses will be offering a caramel treat this Saturday. Photo by Megan Hansen/Whidbey News-Times.

Sweet! Tickets are still available for Coupeville’s tastiest event of the year

A handful of tickets remain available for Saturday’s Coupeville Chocolate Walk.

For the third year, participants can spend a Saturday strolling through the historic seaside town while visiting shops and collecting decadent chocolate treats along the way.

Though not handing out candy, several of the town’s restaurants will be offering Chocolate Walk specials.

The walk, an idea brought to the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce by the Whidbey News-Times several years ago, is intended to generate interest in Coupeville’s businesses during a traditionally slow time of year. The first two years, the Chocolate Walk sold out in advance.

“The Chocolate Walk is about supporting our local businesses,” said Lynda Eccles, the chamber’s executive director.

More than 20 businesses will be offering a variety of chocolate treats from local chocolatiers like Sweet Mona’s in Langley and from a Port Townsend-based chocolate company.

Others will be offering treats unique to their business such as Touch of Dutch offering a European offering and Lavender Wind Farm offering treats with an herbed flare.

Others will be trying their hand at mastering chocolate-making skills.

“Some businesses provide their own chocolate treat,” Eccles said. “It could be in the form of a cookie or a cupcake or a truffle or whatever they decide to do.”

The only problem participants seem to have had in years past is that their containers were overflowing with treats.

“They can sort of build up a really healthy chocolate bag, which is fun,” Eccles said.

Businesses participating extend from the downtown waterfront all the way to South Main Street.

Tickets are $25 each and include an official Chocolate Walk bag and map.

See the map for participating businesses on pages 10 and 11 of today’s News-Times.

Start at the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce on Alexander Street. Check-in is 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and many shops will be open until 5 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Tickets can be purchased through the Coupeville chamber at 360-678-5434. There are only a limited number of tickets.

Langley chocolatier Mona Newbauer offers a wide variety of gourmet chocolates in her shop, Sweet Mona’s. Some of those chocolates will make their way to Coupeville Saturday for the annual Chocolate Walk. Photo by Megan Hansen/Whidbey News-Times

Langley chocolatier Mona Newbauer offers a wide variety of gourmet chocolates in her shop, Sweet Mona’s. Some of those chocolates will make their way to Coupeville Saturday for the annual Chocolate Walk. Photo by Megan Hansen/Whidbey News-Times

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