Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Traveling into the Chocolate State

I’m in Ohio at the moment but will hit the road to traverse Pennsylvania in a few minutes.

While here I’ve had some fun candy adventures so far. My mother and I went to Cleveland to the Malley’s Chocolates factory and watched them make dark chocolate macadamia nut clusters, Christmas Malley Ohs (chocolate covered Oreos dusted with crushed peppermints) and hand paint three foot tall chocolate Santas. I’ve already eaten half of a Dark Chocolate Pretzel Crunch bar and proclaim it fantastic and satisfying.

Later in the day with hit Mitchell’s Fine Candies and were awed by the huge collection of hand made dark chocolate goodies. While there I tried two of their newer creations in The Graecia Collection. A ginger, pistachio and marzipan piece with a Cointreau cured orange peel dipped in dark and a little layered milk and dark gianduia piece with espresso and Ouzo. Fabulous.

We’ve also prowled the local grocery stores and I’ve found some fun items from German company Moser Roth, the Goetze’s Apple Caramel Creams, a grocery store brand of Autumn Mellocremes, sour Smarties, some more Peanut Butter Kisses and candied fennel seeds. My mother also presented me with a huge box of local chocolates called Goumas who do wonderful toffees & caramels (that’s all I’ve tried so far).

I expect to hit Hershey’s Chocolate World and Wilbur’s Chocolate Factory tomorrow.

(I also expect to have better connectivity so hopefully I can post the reviews I wrote on the plane of such things as Dove’s Tiramisu Promises, GoNaturally Organic Hard Candies and some other stuff I can’t remember.)

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  1. Wow—you traveled all the way here to go to Malley’s? I mean, their peanut butter filled chocolates are good, but I didn’t think they were THAT good!

    Comment by Rachel on 10/21/08 at 6:36 am #
  2. Ms. May,

    I live in Lititz, and would really like to meet you. When will you be in town? Please email.

    You just missed the Lititz Chocolatefest held Oct. 11. I think I liked the grilled chocolate sandwiches the best!

    Comment by Jerry on 10/21/08 at 7:16 am #
  3. I googled Hershey recipe after tasting a milk chocolate miniature candy bar today. What has happened? This “chocolate” is waxy and doesn’t melt like it used to. It also has a strange cherry note. Did they change the recipe for their milk chocolate bar also?

    Comment by Ken on 10/21/08 at 9:56 am #
  4. arenee's avatar

    Isn’t the Boyer factory near where you are?  Oooo, Mallo Cups fresh from the factory, mmmmmm!

    Comment by arenee on 10/21/08 at 12:43 pm #
  5. If you come through the Erie, PA area, stop by the chocolate places in our city. We have Pulackos Chocolates, Romolos and Stefinelli’s candies. Stefinelli’s and Romolos are my two favorite!

    Comment by Annette on 10/21/08 at 1:38 pm #
  6. Just thinking about visiting Hershey, PA makes me homesick. I got to visit there as a kid and the charms wore off after I grew up, but after 20 years in Tokyo, nostalgia has made the idea appealing again.

    Comment by Orchid64 on 10/21/08 at 2:03 pm #
  7. I still say you go to Asher Chocolates in I think Allentown,PA.  The oldest privately held chocolate company in our country. (1890’s) Gourmet chocolates were what they have done, but now in retail…. I love their sugar free chocolate especially the peanut butter truffle.  But their chocolate covered potato chips are awesome too. (brown back is cute!)  Just wish they would change the packaging on their new retail items.  if you can get there let me know what it was like.
    Have an awesome time.

    Comment by rufuslady on 10/21/08 at 2:15 pm #
  8. I look forward to hearing more about Wilbur. I hope you remember to pick up some buds!

    Much better than Hershey’s kisses in my estimation.

    Comment by Russ on 10/21/08 at 8:53 pm #
  9. OOOOoooo! If you’re going to Wilbur, see if you can get a hold of some of the Peter’s chocolate line. I liked it! smile

    Comment by Sera on 10/22/08 at 2:57 pm #
  10. Goumas candies certainly are a treat.  I got spoiled with them growing up in Newark.  I’m glad that you’re Mom got you some to try.  Also worth a shot if you’re in the South-Western part of Ohio is the Golden Turtle (http://www.goldenturtlechocolatefactory.com/).  Some really imaginative stuff there, great nut and carmel combinations.  Reasonably priced as well.  We’re also very fortunate to have Pure Imagination in Central Ohio (http://pureimaginationchocolatier.com/catalog/).  Their selection can be a little too nuanced at times for my tastes.  But the owner is someone who really cares about good chocolate.  If you’re in the area again and need some more info, send me an email.  Love the blog.

    Comment by Wes on 10/25/08 at 4:48 pm #
  11. Nuts, didn’t catch you on time.  You should’ve gone to Daffin’s Candies in Sharon, PA and Sarris’ Candies in Canonsburg.  smile  Next time, eh?

    Comment by Tindy on 10/28/08 at 4:19 am #
  12. Cybele's avatar

    Rachel - hahah! No, I traveled all that way to visit my mother. We were looking at apartments in Cleveland Heights and just dashed off to Malley’s as a little treat for me.

    Jerry - I’m sorry I didn’t see your note before that leg of the trip. It is a lovely town and I always enjoy my visits there. Grilled chocolate sandwiches sound awesome.

    Ken - yes, Hershey’s altered their recipe quite a bit recently. They only thing you’d notice on the ingredients list is the use of PGPR (an emulsifier in addition to soy lecithin) but I think it makes it a bit chalkier and rancid tasting if it’s not absolutely fresh.

    arenee - unfortunately Boyer was a little out of range for this trip. (As was Just Born.) Maybe next summer.

    Annette - all my years in PA and Ohio and I’ve still never been to Erie. Sounds like some good motivation to get there!

    Orchid64 - just the whole Chocolate World experience is fun! I love Hershey Park, too (but haven’t been since 2004).

    Tindy - I did Daffin’s last year but would definitely go back to their candy store. I’ve had quite a bit of Sarris’ over the years but you’re right, I should write them up at some point.

    Wes - thanks for the suggestions. Love nuts and caramels and the Midwest confectioners all do them so well.

    Sera - all they had from Peter’s in their store was some baking stuff, but I found some other cool items I’ll be writing up soon.

    rufuslady - the great thing about Asher’s is that it’s so easy to find these days in PA. I had some of their panned candies and have written up some of their other chocolate covered goodies here. I definitely want to go to the factory (and want to take my niece & nephew so need to plan that for sometime when they’re on vacation).

    Russ - I do have some Wilbur Buds, just for you!

    Comment by Cybele on 10/28/08 at 7:08 am #
  13. Are you looking to move to Cleveland Heights? That would be cool—you could review candy from my neck of the woods and I could actually eat it! YAAY!

    Comment by Rachel on 10/28/08 at 8:02 am #
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