Sniffing Out Chocolate in the West Loop in Chicago, Illinois
West of the Chicago River and near downtown, a mysterious chocolate smell wafts through the streets. With hints of brownies baking or Swiss Miss hot chocolate mix, its intensity and location vary depending on which way the wind is blowing. The source of the scent is the Blommer Chocolate Company, which churns out boxed chocolates, cocoa butter, and cocoa powder from their factory in the West Loop and has a retail outlet open to those who sniff it out. Though the EPA cited Blommer for violating clean air emissions in 2005, the tantalizing aroma—which has been credited with contributing to the friendly nature of Chicagoans—still prevails, and continues to both surprise and confuse Chicago visitors.