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Richmond Wayne County Chocolate Trail

June 11, 2011 Leave a comment
Ghyslain Chocolates

ABOVE: Artisan chocolates at Ghyslain Chocolatier & Bistro in Richmond's Historic Depot District.

Guest Blogger:
Nancy Sartain, Richmond-Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau

Richmond/Wayne County’s Chocolate Trail is filled with treats sure to wow chocolate lovers. Complimentary chocolate specialties are featured at each stop and presented in many varieties. Here is a sampling of what you’ll find along the Chocolate Trail.

Start at Ghyslain Chocolatier & Bistro located in Richmond’s Historic Depot District. Ghyslain’s signature line of artisan chocolates (see photo above)  combine the finest chocolate, eclectic ingredients and techniques, creating nothing less than works of art and taste unlike any other. The Bistro features extraordinary desserts, authentic gelato and mouth-watering entrees. An artisan chocolate will be your treat at Ghyslain.

Next is Parker’s General Store where you’ll be treated to a scoop of local-made chocolate ice cream. Browse through the store which offers an endless array of foods, vintage toys, old fashioned candy, kitchen accessories, and gift items.

Olympian Candy, a downtown Richmond landmark since 1909, continues to follow the original Greek recipe. Your sample will be a chocolate from their display case – nine flavors of chocolate creams to choose from, all hand-dipped in milk and dark chocolate. These creams are luscious, decadent, and capable of producing audible moans when tasted.

At J & J Winery you’ll be treated to a glass of smooth chocolate wine. And don’t forget to sample their award-winning wines.

Warm Glow Candles are made in Centerville. At their store you’ll receive a chocolate scented votive candle. Schedule some extra time to shop as the store features 11,000 square feet of pure shopping pleasure.

Pour House Antiques & Sweets in Cambridge City produces made-from-scratch fudge daily, ready to be sampled. They also serve up gourmet coffee blends, teas and smoothies, homemade pies, cakes, sandwiches in a shop filled with antiques and accents.

Another stop is Abbott’s Candy Factory in Hagerstown, still owned and operated by the 4th generation of the Abbott family. They are known for their quality chocolates and soft buttery caramels.  The original 1890 formulas are followed today. The large pink building that houses the candy factory is a favorite stop for families who come to watch the candy being made and to sample a sweet creation.

Many Chocolate Trail attractions offer exclusive discounts, Chocolate Bucks, to those partaking in the trail. Even a discounted spa treatment featuring chocolate is offered. At the Gennett Mansion, the first Friday they serve a gourmet dinner showcasing chocolate as an ingredient in each course!

The Chocolate Trail is available to explore and taste year-round. To receive your complimentary chocolate samples, you must present a Chocolate Trail Passport, available at the Old National Road Welcome Center, 5701 National Rd. E., Richmond.