Monday, June 6, 2011
Wayne County Chocolate Trail Report 1
The Chocolate Cult made an official visit up to Wayne County Indiana to experience their "Chocolate Trail". This will be a three-part report for you all, complete with photos and hopefully comments from those who went on it as well, so that you can check it out and see if you might want to visit or find a similar trail in your own area. Your Chocolate Priestess is also going to use this series of reports to make some suggestions for those on the Chocolate Trail and the general tourist issues for Wayne County and Richmond. My hope is that this will help the city and county both improve the event.
The place was busy but the manager, Paula, recognized our name because the Welcome Center liaison I was working with, Nancy, told her we were coming. They got a table for the six of us and our server kindly took our photo after we ordered.
After lunch we each got our freebie piece of chocolate as the passport promised and some of us bought more as well. To the left you see the chocolate display case, remember the bright Easter bunnies? You see the same colors in this display.
Here you see the two freebie pieces -- one for myself and one for my hubby, our Milk Chocolate Acolyte. Mine was the Blue Turtle -- walnuts -- and his was the Purple Rain -- raspberries.
They also had a display of pastries, ice cream and box/bagged candies with a few tables and chairs in the bistro. It was amazing how much they packed in and it didn't feel crowded until we were all up front picking out chocolates and waiting to pay. These pastries looked great but we were just at the start of our Trail Trek.
We also knew that we'd be having ice cream at our next stop so no one got the ice cream here in this display.
At this time, given the pretty display of chocolate we frankly paid little attention to this corner and the boxes and bags of Ghyslain treats.
Inside was a long deli section with some seating at the counter plus some tables. It was too hot to each outside; the temp got to 90 while we did the entire trail as well as time allowed. Most of us sat at the counter to enjoy our freebie at this stop.
There was a display of ice cream, made in town by Smith Dairy.
Then we left the historic district and went a bit further southeast to Olympian Candies. We found it surrounded by non-food shops except for a little bakery which we told would be on the Trail soon. The red siding made it stand out nicely so it was easy to find. Parking, again, was an issue with lots of on street parking which I personally dislike.
I was so distracted by chatting with the owner and the nice ladies of the shop that I didn't take photos inside like I should have. This happens when I'm also traveling with a group. So here is a second closer photo of their outside so you can find it, Sisters and Brothers. I think this looks very much like an old-fashioned candy or ice cream shop from let's say the 1950s.
I added my freebie candy piece to the box of treats they gave us to do a featured review on. That will be later this month, Sisters and Brothers so make sure you check back. Here are all the treats in the box itself.
That is it for the first part of this series on the Wayne County Chocolate Trail in Indiana. Come back in a few days and then next week to check it the other two parts out.