Approximately two years ago, in late May and early June 2007, your Chocolate Priestess went on a little trip where she found a wonderful candy store called Albanese Candy Store in northern Indiana. This past weekend we drove by it again but didn't stop so this post are my memories and photos from the first trip. On the right, Sisters and Brothers, is the store front.
The Alabanese group specializes in gummi bears really but they also make some chocolate as well as retail a lot of different types of candy which you can see of to the left. We took their tour which is really just a video tour where you walk around the outside of the factory. Frankly the tour was a bit disappointing since we didn't see any live candy making on the video and their was no live tour guide to interact with.
I remember we bought a good selection of their candies both chocolate and not though, of course, I focused on the chocolates and choose a high percentage of the darker variety myself from the section in the photo to the right. This was years before I discovered the Path I follow and I pray you follow now so I'm sure I at the candy too quickly and did not enjoy it as much as I could have. Thus, to be completely honest, even only two years later my memories of quality are vague.
I think one of the biggest attractions to the store in Merrillville, Indiana, has to be the giant chocolate waterfall display that you can see to the left. You can't even see the base of it in this photo. I remember that because it's enclosed in plastic you can't really smell the chocolate, only see it as it flows and mixes. Around it was a selection of boxed chocolates you could buy but when I go to a chocolatier or candy shop, Sisters and Brothers, I prefer to buy one piece at a time instead prepackaged selections. That way I get only what I want or what I think another person will want if I'm buying as a gift. Given the dangers of allergies, I've found this to be a wise move.
We drove by Merrillville on Thursday but didn't stop into the store again when I realized I had these photos and memories all ready. Plus as you'll see the rest of this week, I had a trip full of chocolate stores and restaurants all ready to share with you.
Sisters and Brothers, may you too take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.
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