A few months ago our family went on a little vacation to one of our favorite travel spots. Marco Island, Florida is a destination my husband visited often as a child and it has also become a place our children now visit every few years. While I’m still personally not a fan of beach vacations I can’t deny that it makes my heart happy to see my kids having so much fun playing in the sand and discovering the ocean.
What I do enjoy is getting to discover hidden gems in the food industry and sharing them with others. One of those little gems is a place called The Chocolate Strawberry. It’s an ice cream parlor located on North Collier Blvd that is easy to miss among all the tourist shops but hard to forget.
Inside you’re greeted by an assortment of handmade chocolates shaped like sea creatures you’d expect to find in a tropical destination like: sea turtles, starfish, alligators, shells and much more. Truth be told, they’re almost too pretty to eat.
What brought my family back here for a second visit wasn’t the chocolate, it was the hand-made ice creams and gelato. There’s more flavors than you can imagine so if you visit, don’t be afraid to ask for a sample. It took me about 10 taste tests to finally decide on the Marco Island Mudslide concocted of Kahlua, Almond and Chocolate. Like everything else I’ve tried there, it was creamy, smooth and delicious after a long day of playing on the beach.