In the company of Cupid, hearts, roses, doves and lovebirds, chocolate is probably the most iconic symbol of Valentine’s Day. Everyone knows that “everything is better in Texas,” and that includes the romance of chocolate Texas rail-style. Riding in a vintage railcar, while savoring the rich flavors of mouthwatering desserts, is a sweet way to inaugurate the season aboard the Texas State Railroad. The first Chocolate Lovers’ Special rolls out of the Rusk station at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 10th, with another excursion following at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, the 11th.
Passengers will be indulged with a decadent array of Texas-style desserts while riding the rails through the historic hill county of the Piney Woods. One of the inspiring chocolate delicacies on the menu is the Railroad’s very own version of the popular “Texas Sheet Cake,” described by noted New York-based travel, fashion and active lifestyle writer Jillian Downer as “the little black dress of sheet cakes.”
It is hard to imagine another food that evokes a craving equal to that of chocolate. The gooey, dark, rich sweet has been branded with many names including xocoatl, jocolatte and chockelet, but despite its title, from ancient civilization to the cyber-powered 21st Century society, one common thread remains: chocolate is a heavenly treat that is in a category all by itself. When words are inadequate to express one’s feelings for another, chocolate will say it all.
The three-hour, round-trip, excursion between Palestine and Rusk includes a short layover at the beautifully renovated historic Palestine depot. On the return trip, snuggling with a sweetie in a luxurious Presidential car is bound to inspire sweet talk in rhythm to the wheels on the rails. Just as universal is chocolate to romance, so is classic rail travel. Texas State Railroad is a master at blending the two romances into one classic adventure.