March 6th-12th, Dahlonega will be crawling with visitors looking for something delicious. The search to satisfy their sweet tooth will be fun and unique with over 10 local shops offering free chocolate samples! This year's 3rd annual Chocolate Crawl looks like the most luscious ever!

Like Dahlonega, chocolate’s history is rich and delicious and worth more than gold. In Mayan times, the cacao bean (which is what chocolate is made from)  was more valuable than gold dust and only available to royalty and the most wealthy. It was served as a hot drink until 1847 when British chocolatier Joseph Fry and his sons created the first ever ‘chocolate bar.’ Fast forward and cross over the pond to America, where in 1938, Ruth Wakefield added broken pieces of Nestlé semi-sweet chocolate to her cookie batter, and the chocolate chip cookie was born. She eventually sold her yummy recipe to Nestle for a whopping “lifetime supply” of chocolate. Thank you, Ruth, for giving us, arguably, the most popular cookie of all time!

Visitors to this year's Annual Chocolate Crawl will not only sample some of the finest treats but have the chance to win big. Stop by the Visitor’s Center to pick up a  “Chocolate Passport,” then have your passport stamped at only 6 of the participating shops to be entered to win one of three prizes, including a free luxury stay in a unique Dahlonega accommodation.  Whether you prefer your chocolate frozen, light, dark, or iced, Dahlonega’s Annual Chocolate Crawl has you covered.