Though delights such as bison meatball sliders and chicken lettuce wraps were on the menu, every second table seemed to be chocolate-oriented. Piles of truffles and bonbons from Burdick Chocolate were at one corner of the room, along with peanut butter chip brownies from Bellows House Bakery, a choice of milk, white or dark chocolate moose pops from the Granite State Candy Shoppe, and plates of flourless chocolate cake from the pastry chef at the Omni Resort.
But one of the only people not gorging on chocolate was Shaheen, who ducked in briefly to give a welcoming address and greet guests before being whisked away for votes. Other New Hampshire lawmakers, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R), and Democratic Reps. Ann McLane Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter also stopped by the food-filled festivities. Shaheen didn't seem to be too surprised by the abundance of chocolate.
"You know, we have some wonderful chocolatiers — and I don't know what the history is. A number of them are family businesses. I guess it's because of New Hampshire's quality of life and what's appealing about living there," Shaheen told the Hill.
"I don't know about the chocolate, but it's killing me," Shaheen’s husband, Bill, told The Hill. "I've been to every chocolate vendor so far, so I'm hoping that if I keep doing interviews like this, it'll keep me from eating more chocolate."