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.)
Meticulously photographed and documented reviews of candy from around the world. And the occasional other sweet adventures. Open your mouth, expand your mind.