Today is the second of our three part report on our attempt to do a day trip for the Wayne County Chocolate Trail in Indiana. To read the first part, go HERE. The tourist folks up in Wayne County primarily push this attraction as a girl's weekend thing but we wanted to see if we could do it as a day trip since we live apart 2.5 hours southwest of Richmond. This second report will reveal that we learned the hard way that it was not a day trip which is very sad because ultimately as long as the economy is struggling, (and your Chocolate Priestess thinks it will continue to struggle as long as we don't train and protect workers while we allow big business to rape nations, towns, and workers) then people will be far more likely to do a day trip than a weekend or mid week excursion, girlfriends or not.
We had a challenge after we finished with the stops in Richmond because now we had to venture out to the areas nearby in Wayne County. The fact is that every thing on this list is about 20-30 minutes distance from Richmond but how to plan that out. We worked on a plan during out lunch at the Ghyslain Bistro and then tried to stick to it. The greatest challenge was that some shops closed at 4pm though why we honestly can't understand. Staying open until 5pm would have made this very feasible for a day trip especially if we had left 10 minutes or so earlier. We had four cities to get to and we chose the one farthest from Richmond so we could work our way back for the dinner we had reservations for -- more on that next week in the last of our report.
At this stop we each could choose a chocolate from their main display case which you see beyond this display case in the photo to the left. Other than the ice cream from Parker's and the winery, this was the only stop where I ate my freebie right away. I was so disappointed by having to skip the next stops.
These are other displays in their shop. In each one, if there was a visitors log we logged in as a group "The Chocolate Cult" so check out the visitors books if you go visit, Sisters and Brothers. The freebie dark chocolate covered caramel I had was great with a nice crunch from the top of the caramel which crystallizes a bit.
The actually entry is here and next to it is the Model T Ford Museum & Gift Shop you can't see in this photo but I'm hoping one of our sister travelers will leave a note about since she went to have a look through it. When we passed it earlier the parking lot was full but after 4:15pm when we arrived it was more empty as you can see. That just gave us more space inside.
Inside are a ton of candles plus an area for chocolate which I didn't take a photo of since they don't make the products there. This photo is of the right hand side as you walk into the building -- the left hand photo turned out too dark to share.
They don't make their candles in this building but one three miles away the store manager told me during a private tour he gave me of their displays. The two chocolate scents -- Chocolate Cherry Cordial and Grandma's Brownies -- were given to us as freebies in their oversized votive type of candles. In this photo you can see part of the scents they make.
Here is the other side of that oversized votive display of scents. Now our Chocolate Fruit Acolyte said she found a third chocolate scent called "Mocha" but I bet they count that as a coffee scent. None of the scents are made with real chocolate or cocoa -- they said that would be too expensive to make on the scale they do.
There is also a cafe in the outlet which seems to be owned by other business, I'm unclear. If so, they might want to look into working with the Chocolate Trail as well in some fashion -- chocolate milk in the summer with a hot chocolate in the winter maybe? By that time we were all very thirsty.
The information on the passports we all got at the Welcome Center said we'd get a glass of chocolate wine and chocolate drops -- no drops but the wine was great. A semi-sweet red with a definite chocolate flavor and no alcohol burn which has been a huge problem with another chocolate wine I had. As you can see there is no label on the wine bottle because they don't have the right to sell it yet. So we got to taste it but couldn't buy it.
Next week on Monday we'll take you to our final stop where we have a five-course chocolate dinner that blew us all away and was well worth the price.