Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Chocolate Bunnies

Handmade Chocolate BunniesEver wondered why we celebrate Easter with Chocolate Bunnies?  Or how they are made?  Or how big the largest one ever made was?   Read on for the answers to these questions and everything else you ever wanted to know about chocolate bunnies.

When was the first Chocolate Bunny made?

Chocolate bunnies were initially created in Germany in the mid-19th century.  They gained mass appeal in 1890 when American shop owner Robert Strohecker created a five-foot-tall chocolate bunny as an Easter promotion in his drug store.

Why Bunnies for Easter?

In medieval Europe the rabbit was a popular symbol for spring because of it’s fecundity.  A German legend said that after a long winter’s sleep an Easter bunny would lay bright-colored eggs in the grass for good children to find.

How many Chocolate Bunnies are made each year?

Popular estimates say that about ninety million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced worldwide every year.

Why are Chocolate Bunnies hollow?

One major reason Chocolate Bunnies are made hollow is that once a piece of chocolate is over about ½ inch thick it becomes nearly impossible to bite into and enjoy.  Making bunnies hollow allows chocolatiers to make them larger for visual impact but still enjoyable to eat.  The practice of making bunnies hollow gained popularity in America during WWII cocoa rationing.  Hollow bunnies could be produced using far less chocolate than their solid counterparts.

How are Chocolate Bunnies made?

To make a chocolate bunny, molten chocolate is poured into a bunny shaped mold.  The mold is then shaken to remove air bubbles and rotated so that the chocolate forms a thin, even shell.  After the chocolate cools it can be removed from the mold and packaged for sale.  Large factories do this all by machine, smaller shops (like us) pour, shake, and rotate all by hand.

How big is the World’s largest chocolate bunny

The largest chocolate bunny ever made was made in 2014 for Chocofest in Brazil.  It weighed over 8,000 pounds and was over 13 feet tall.  If you are interested in purchasing a giant chocolate bunny the largest one we could find comes from Miesse Candies in Lancaster, PA.  Miesse’s giant bunnies weigh over 25 pounds, are 3 feet tall and cost $500 each.  If you’re looking for a more reasonable big bunny we offer a hand decorated extra large bunny in our shop that weighs over 2 pounds and cost $49.95.

How much is the Most Expensive Chocolate Bunny?1

The world’s most expensive bunny was hand carved by a European chef and sells for about $49,000.   Careful when you bite into him, his eyes are made of 1.7 carat diamonds.

What are the different kinds of chocolate bunnies?

These days chocolate bunnies can be found dressed up like cowboys, riding a motorcycle, getting married, playing sports and just about anything you or your local chocolatier can imagine.  The Bortz Chocolate Company in Reading, Pa. is credited with being the first company to introduce bunny personalities with its accordion playing bunny in 1934.   You can check out the bunny personalities we offer here.

What’s the most popular kind of Chocolate Bunny?

While chocolate bunnies can be found in milk, dark and white chocolates hollow or filled with a variety of nuts, caramels, and ganaches; the most popular bunny is still a hollow milk chocolate bunny.

 

How long does it take to eat a 1.25 pound chocolate bunny?

At the Wolfgang Candy Company’s annual chocolate bunny eating competition the record is about 9 minutes.  We suspect it will take you a little longer.

Weirdest Chocolate Bunny?

We can’t decide which is weirder, Benedict Cummberbunny or the Zombie bunny.  Leave your comment below and let us know what you think.

Other fun bunny facts

87% of parents will buy or make Easter baskets for their children—and 81% will then proceed to steal candy from them.

89% of Americans think chocolate bunnies should be eaten ears first.  5% prefer to begin with the tail.

A Fluffle is a group of bunnies… if you are in Northern Canada.

An Easter Poem

It’s spring time in Asheville and we’ve got Chocolate Bunnies on the brain.  We couldn’t resist sharing this Easter poem written by one of our team members.  Did you know that in Northern Canada a group of bunnies is called a Fluffle?  If that is the case I wonder what you call a group of chocolate bunnies?

A Ruffle Among the Fluffle Over a Chocolate Fetish Truffle

I’d like to tell you all a story,
Of an occurrence, a few years ago
That involved a bunch of bunnies
Who were scampering, to and fro.

I saw them hopping everywhere,
Here and there and yonder.
Sniffing, scratching and digging ‘round,
Their antics made me ponder.

And I finally realized, it must be food
That they were searching for.
But little did I realize
What lay ahead, in store.

I saw one of the rabbits
Tear open the paper bag,
And pull out a chocolate truffle,
As his little tail began to wag.

No sooner had he done this,
When all the other rabbits jumped
On top of this one little bunny,
Who staggered, tipped, then slumped.

A tremendous tug of war ensued
As each one tried to hold the treat.
After several minutes of wrestling though
Each and every one seemed beat.

They seemed to reach an understanding
As each one took just a bit.
All got some of the special morsel
Their satisfaction looked legit.

They skittered off as I reached down
And picked up the bag, so tattered.
Chocolate Fetish is what it read
And I thought, that’s all that mattered.

They had argued, fought and compromised
When their will was put to test
And they saw fit only to fight
When the prize was simply best!

~Special thanks to author Sonny Treadway!

6 Fun Things to do in Asheville in Spring!

While every season is beautiful in Asheville spring is definitely one of my favorites.  It may not offer the majestic grandeur of falls leaf season but along with the subtle beauty of soft green buds on trees come less crowds and less brush and briars to wade through while hiking in the woods.  Here are 6 fun things to do in Asheville in spring that you may not be able to do, or enjoy quite as much during other seasons.

A Dahlia sculpted from chocolate. As beautiful as it is delicious.

Check out some amazing flowers at the North Carolina Arboretum.

The North Carolina Arboretum offers a variety of ways to enjoy springs blooms.  You could check out the Western North Carolina Orchid Society’s Annual Show on March 29th and 30th, or the Dahlia and Mum show on May 10th, or just stroll around the cultivated gardens and hiking trails.  Whatever you decide to do at the Arboretum will be very affordable as admission is just $12.00 per vehicle (even to the plant shows!).

Hike!
The wonderful thing about early spring hiking in Asheville is the dense underbrush and foliage hasn’t had a chance to grow yet so everywhere you hike you can still get a nice view.  Save the mountain balds like Black Balsam and Max Patch for summer and fall and get out now to enjoy the last few moments of winter and spring views while you can!  A favorite close to town hike I recommend that will afford nice pre-leaf views is Rattlesnake Lodge.  An added bonus of this hike is that its access is not on the Blue Ridge Parkway which is often still closed this time of year.  Other good spring views can be found all over Hickory Nut Gorge.  I recommend hiking the Florence Nature Preserve a recently opened section of trail managed by the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy.

Zip Line at Navitat.

Beat the summer crowds and explore the forest in a new exciting way!  Navitat, located a short drive north of Asheville, features an amazing zip line experience including sky bridges and rappelling.  A great way to enjoy the outdoors and catch some mountain views… especially fun for kids.

Everything in our Easter display is edible! The “desert sand” is made of brown sugar, graham crackers crumbs, and finely ground chocolate. Maybe we should call it “dessert sand?”

Check out the Easter Displays at The Chocolate Fetish.

Occasionally spring can be a little rainy in Asheville so when your outdoor adventures are stifled by April showers come downtown and check out the Easter displays at The Chocolate Fetish.  From chocolate bunnies riding motorcycles down a road made of sprinkles to a Cowboy bunny shoot out in a brown sugar dessert our whimsical chocolate bunnies and hand decorated Easter Eggs are sure to bring out the kid in everyone.  While you’re here be sure to walk around to the back and check out the chocolatiers at work in our glassed in kitchen.  If you’re lucky you’ll get to see one of our talented artist/chocolatiers hand sculpting a one of a kind Smash Cake or Chocolate Sculpture.  Best hours to see chocolatiers at work are between 11 and 3.
Enjoy a meal on an Asheville Patio.
Once summer’s heat soaks in and droves of tourists descend on Asheville enjoying a meal al fresco losses its allure.  A cool spring day with ample sun shine affords the perfect opportunity to enjoy an outdoor meal in one of Asheville’s myriad patio dining establishments.  For patios with great atmosphere and cocktails I recommend The Southern or Mayfel’s courtyard.  For fabulous food try the patio at Carmel’s.
Attend the Asheville Herbal Festival.
In its 25th year the Asheville Herbal Festival is the place to find all the seedlings and starts you need for your herb and vegetable garden.  Held at the Western North Carolina Farmer’s Market on May 2, 3, and 4 the Herbal Festival hosts a plethora of vendors from around Western North Carolina featuring culinary and medicinal herbs, veggie starts, a beekeeping demonstration, master gardeners and more.  It’s a great place to find a Mother’s Day present (to go along with a box of chocolate from The Chocolate Fetish) and it’s free!

5 Reasons Why Chocolate Wedding Favors are Ideal for your Guests

After putting all of the time, effort and money into planning your wedding, it’s time for your friends and family members to enjoy the fruits of your labor as they celebrate this incredible milestone in your life. So after the dessert plates have been cleared, the DJ has wrapped up his final song and your guests begin to gather their belongings, make sure that they have something amazing to take home with them; you know – just a little something to say, “Thanks for sharing our special day with us.”

Why Chocolate Wedding Favors are Ideal for your Guests | The Chocolate Fetish

Delicious artisan chocolates make for the perfect wedding favors. Need a little bit of convincing? Check out these quick points:

Your Guests Will Actually Use Them – Let’s face it; weddings are very expensive. The last thing you want to do is spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on wedding favors that will just end up being left on the reception table or thrown out anyway. Skip the personalized matchbook and salt & pepper shakers and opt for something a bit sweeter that will barely make it out of the banquet hall before being gobbled up.

 Everybody Loves Chocolate – Honestly, when’s the last time you met someone who didn’t like chocolate? From award winning chocolate truffles that will make your knees weak, to caramels and deliciously decadent bars, we offer a wide assortment of handmade artisan chocolates that will call out to just about every taste bud.

Stay on Trend – According to some of the largest wedding-inspiration websites out there, delicious chocolates are still very much on-trend for the 2014-2015 wedding season. If you are the type of bride who takes pride in staying up-to-date on the most raved about wedding details, trust us when we tell you that choosing our artisan chocolates will not be a mistake.Why Chocolate Wedding Favors are Ideal for your Guests | The Chocolate Fetish

Leave a Lasting Impression – If you’re choosing our artisan truffles for your wedding favors, you’ll be glad to know that while they may be small, they will leave a lasting impression. As a small business where everything is made on site, we can give you the individual attention that you require. If you have a personal touch that you are interested in incorporating, just let us know and we will see what we can do to make it happen for you. Keep in mind that we do have the ability to print custom messages on favor boxes!

The Unique Factor – Any bride and groom can bundle together a handful of M&Ms or Jordan Almonds. Our handmade artisan chocolate satisfies everyone’s sweet tooth but manages to take it one step further with the fact that they aren’t something you can just pick up from the bulk section of your local grocery store. Your guests will be stunned over how you took the time to ensure that they have something truly special, unique and absolutely delicious.

So if you do decide that chocolate wedding favors are the right choice for you, we would highly recommend that you choose to order from a company whose business is chocolate and only chocolate – like ours. Here at The Chocolate Fetish, we will ensure that you and your guests are more than satisfied with your favors. Just give us a call today to arrange a personal consultation and taste the difference of premium, fresh, handcrafted chocolates.

Valentine's Day Chocolate Bar

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

If you know you want to savor your way to a romantic evening this Valentine’s Day then you’ve made the most important decision: that our award winning handmade chocolates are the perfect gift.  But now what?  How to choose the right gift to indulge their desire?  From your first crush to your forever gal The Chocolate Fetish has got you covered!  We’ve put together this easy Valentine’s Day Gift Guide to help make sure you get the perfect gift for whoever is on your Valentine’s Day gift list.


Shopping For:  Your THeart Shaped Box Handmade Chocolaterue Love

Get the:  Romeo and Juliet Collection

This seemingly endless assortment will earn you some serious Valentine’s Day points.  Includes bite-size Chocolate Hearts, Chocolate Truffles, Sea Salt Caramels and an exclusive “Big Love” bar that weighs almost half a pound.  After all, when it comes to matters of the heart, it’s better to be over rather than under-prepared.


Chocolate Heart Shaped Box

Shopping For: Your Mom

Get the : From the Heart Collection

Nothing compares to a Mother’s Love – except maybe your Mom’s love of chocolate.  This year be sure to let her know how important she is to you with the ultimate in edible elegance.  Our From the Heart Collection features a variety of handmade chocolates including our award winning chocolate truffles.


Shopping For: Your First DateChocolate Heart Shaped Box

Get the: Sweetheart Collection

Sweet talk your crush with this classic heart shaped box of chocolates sure to make any chocolate lover swoon.    Chocolate hearts, award winning Chocolate Truffles and a hand foiled “Love” heart.  Not too big, not too small, just the right size to say “Will you be my Valentine?”


Shopping for: The Special Guy in Your LifeSpicy Chocolate for Valentine's Day

He’ll love: Hearts on Fire Collection

When it comes to Valentine’s Day most guys like to spice things up a little.  Our award winning Hearts on Fire Collection is sure to do just that.  Consider grabbing a cold one to go along with the chocolate – this collection pairs well with beer, especially a pilsner.  As intense in flavor as your love for him.


pinkpolkashoeShopping for: Your Galentine

Get her : Chocolate High Heel Shoe

February 13th is also known as Galentines Day.  A day to treat your best girlfriends to the sweeter things in life.  And what could be sweeter than a Chocolate High Heel shoe?  Each shoe is hand decorated in variety of unique Valentine inspired patterns from hearts and lips to lace and roses.  There is no such thing as too many shoes, especially when they are made of chocolate.


Valentine's Day Chocolate BearShopping for: A Special Teenager

Get the: Chocolate Bear

So adorable they’ll eat it right up, each chocolate bear includes nearly a pound of chocolate!  You can’t go wrong with this chocolate work of art that is as beautiful to admire as it is to eat.


Valentine Sea Salt Caramels

Shopping for: You Co-Worker

Get the: Sea Salt Caramels

Our crave worthy Sea Salt Caramels are a perfect office gift.  Good for sharing (or stashing) they are casual enough to give your co-worker and classy enough for your boss.


Why We Traditionally Give Chocolate on Valentine’s Day

For as long as most of us can remember, chocolate has been the number one gift-giving choice for Valentine’s Day – especially when paired with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. It’s been this way for so long that very few people ever question where this tradition originated from. However, we’re asking now; how did chocolate come to be such a traditional Valentine’s Day treat?

Though Valentine’s Day was not always recognized as a day of love and romance, during the 1840s the Victorians relished the idea of displaying affection by innocently showering their intendeds with gifts. According to History.com, it was around this time that Richard Cadbury, heir to the well-known chocolate manufacturing company, saw an opportunity to capitalize.

At the time, chocolate had primarily been enjoyed as a beverage. After Cadbury discovered a new way to extract pure cocoa butter directly from a bean however, things began to evolve. It not only resulted in a better tasting product, but also left the company with enough extra cocoa butter to produce different types of “eating chocolate”. Because stories of Cupid were so popular during this time period and knights were known to gift their women with roses, Cadbury chose to use this knowledge to his company’s advantage. They began selling their chocolates in heart-shaped boxes adorned with images of roses and the small, winged God to create the association between the chocolates and love – and it worked.

Today, the link between love and this decadent, confectionery treat remains. The only thing that has seemed to alter is the fact that we have had hundreds of years to perfect the art of chocolatiering.

If you’re planning to spend a romantic evening at home with a special someone this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget that our handmade artisan chocolates can be perfectly complemented with a crisp glass of wine. For reference, explore the Wine and Chocolate page of our website before placing your holiday order. If you don’t consider yourself much of a wine drinker, don’t worry; we have also outlined the best chocolate and beer pairings to accommodate all taste buds.

Delicious artisan chocolates and quality one-on-one time spent with the one person you care for most. What’s not to fall in love with? Allow us to help make the day extra special. Contact The Chocolate Fetish today to ensure your order arrives in time for the most romantic day of the year.

 

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Ways to Say ‘I Love You’ this Valentine’s Day

Premium, fresh chocolate is one of the most thoughtful gifts to surprise your sweetheart with on Valentine’s Day. With award-winning, handmade chocolates from The Chocolate Fetish, your valentine will experience the full flavor of only the finest, locally sourced ingredients and the unbeatable taste of high-quality, gourmet chocolate.

shoesbill1Now that you have found the best handmade artisan chocolate on the market, what will you write to your love on the card? One of our favorite things about Valentine’s Day cards is reading the notes customers write to accompany their Valentine’s Day gifts. From romantic words to silly sayings, here are some ideas for what to write in your Valentine’s Day cards this year.

 

Puns/Pick-Up Lines

If your valentine enjoys a good pun or cheesy pick-up line, try one of the following ways to say “I love you” in your card. Perfect for the couple who loves a good laugh, these types of one-liners will keep your sweetheart smiling the whole holiday.

Find a pun from your valentine’s favorite movie for extra brownie points.
“If you were a Transformer, you’d be Optimus FINE.”

Food puns abound on the internet, or you could make up your own to match your love’s favorite food.  “
Are you a banana? Because I find you a-peel-ing.”

Wordsmiths are sure to delight in this true play on words – or, well, letters, at least.
“If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put U and I together.”

 

Quotes

Quotes about love from romantic movies, romance novels and famous celebrities are another great way to show your valentine how much you care this holiday. Here are a few Valentine’s Day ideas to consider.

A memorable quote from 2002’s “A Walk to Remember,” this is perfect to write in the card of a mushy romantic.
“Love is like the wind: You can’t see it, but you can feel it.” – “A Walk to Remember”

Short and to the point, this quote will tell your sweetheart you know exactly where your heart belongs.
“My heart is, and always will be, yours.” – “Sense and Sensibility”

This quote is perfect for your spouse or fiancé, only reinforcing how much they mean to you and are such a huge part of their life.
“You don’t marry someone you can live with. You marry the person you cannot live without.” –Unknown

 

Poems

While it would be easiest to simply pick one of the lines above to write in your card, try your hand at writing a quick poem for your valentine instead. A quick four-line poem to accompany your chocolates will only add to their Valentine’s Day goodies, and they will appreciate your thoughtful creativity.

If you get stuck, you can always make your own variation on the classic “Roses are red, violets are blue” motif. If you’re truly suffering writer’s block, you can finish it with this cliché line: “This chocolate is sweet, and so are you!”

 

Compliments

Sometimes, a simple note about why you love your significant other is all they truly need to feel loved during this holiday. Consider adding in a compliment or quick story about how you met to show some extra appreciation. Here are some Valentine’s Day ideas to help you get started:

“Happy Valentine’s Day! I love that you …”

“I fell in love with you when …”

“You’ll always have my heart! I want you to know …”

However you say it, we can say it for you. Our gift cards are all handwritten with care by our staff, and with nationwide delivery, we can send chocolates to anywhere in the country. Our shipping deadline is approaching soon – for guaranteed Valentine’s Day delivery, your order must be complete before noon Feb. 9! Find the perfect gift for your valentine from The Chocolate Fetish and contact us today with any questions.

 

What Makes Great Chocolate Covered Strawberries?

Strawbtuxedo strawberrieserries and chocolate – always a delicious combination!

No matter the occasion, you simply can’t go wrong with a classic display of love and affection like chocolate covered strawberries. You can find these delectable treats just about anywhere, but what makes a quality chocolate-covered strawberry?
Chocolate lovers know that all chocolate is not created equal. In fact, there are two types of chocolate – real chocolate and compound chocolate. The difference lies in the fat or oil used. Compound chocolate also known as compound coating contains vegetable oil instead of the cocoa butter that is used in real chocolate. This makes compound chocolate less expensive than real chocolate, and with a lower price you have  lower quality.
While real chocolate contains cocoa butter, the quality of the cocoa beans and the actual quantity of cocoa butter included in the recipe also plays an important role in determining the best chocolate to use for chocolate-covered strawberries.

Chocolate Couverture

Chocolate couverture has a high quantity of cocoa butter, excellent quality cocoa beans and melts smoothly – a process known as tempering. This is a fine, professional chocolate that is perfect for candy making and molding.  Due to the difficulty of working with this type of chocolate it’s best left to professional chocolatiers – like our team at The Chocolate Fetish. This is why when you get chocolate-covered strawberries from us, the taste is worlds above those that you get in the grocery store or even make at home.

Perfect Strawberries

In addition to choosing the right chocolate, it is important to choose the right berry when making chocolate covered strawberries. The fruit should be just as high of quality as the chocolate. We select only the freshest strawberries for our delectable treats, making sure that they are stored at room temperature to stay fresh, and they are dipped many times throughout the day to maximize freshness.

Freshness

The final key to creating the best chocolate covered strawberries is freshness.  When a strawberry is covered in chocolate the moisture in the berry immediately begins to degrade the quality of the chocolate.  That is why we always dip our berries fresh throughout the day in very small batches.  We also recommend that you consume chocolate covered strawberries within 24 hours for best quality.
Now that you know the complex creation of chocolate-covered strawberries, don’t just grab off-the-shelf berries for your next treat – turn to the professionals at The Chocolate Fetish for your next Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift. Our chocolate covered strawberries are available Fridays and Saturdays from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day. We have created award-winning chocolate creations for 30 years, and you can trust that every delicious creation we make will taste amazing and impress all the loved ones in your life. Stop by our store in Asheville, North Carolina, today or give us a call at 828-258-2353 today!

5 Ways to Beat the Heat in Downtown Asheville

Visiting downtown Asheville this summer?  With record breaking heat throughout the country you’ll probably be looking for a way to cool off while exploring downtown.  Here are some fun ways to beat the heat in downtown Asheville, NC.

Enjoy a moment of reverence

Basillica of St. Lawrence in Asheville, NC

The Basilica of St. Lawrence

Visit the historic Basilica of St. Lawrence.  This historic building was built in 1905 and designed by Raphael Guastavino.  The art and architecture are breathtaking. Thankfully in more recent years it has been outfitted with very cool A/C.  Most days the Basilica is open for self guided tours, just check the schedule so you don’t show up during mass or someone’s wedding.

Enjoy the Cinema

We all know you can count on a movie theater for nice cool AC.  Check out the Fine Arts Theater’s selection of art and independent films.  Try a matinee and save wandering around downtown for the cooler evening hours.  Click here for current show schedule.

Enjoy a moment of Ecstasy

The Chocolate Fetish has been handcrafting artisan chocolates in downtown Asheville since 1986.  You can count on the AC always being cranked up to keep the overwhelming selection of chocolates happy.  If you really want to cool off try one of their Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas.  Available in milk or dark chocolate with or without pecans Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas are a healthier option than ice cream when you are craving a frozen summertime treat.  Be sure to walk around back through the Haywood Park Hotel’s air conditioned atrium and see the chocolatiers creating the delectable treats.  Tours are also available with more info here.

Banana

Enjoy a Splash

Who says playing in fountains is just for kids?  When the heat index is nearing 100 degrees an old fashioned romp in the fountain is the perfect way to cool off.  Visit Splasheville, an interactive water fountain at Pack Square Park.  Let the summer sun dry you off while relaxing on the rolling green field in the park.  Visit during a special event and you’ll be treated to free live music as well.   The fountain generally runs daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. April through November.

Enjoy a moment of retail therapy

Downtown Asheville is full of unique locally owned places to shop.  What better way to spend a hot day downtown than exploring the shops located inside the air conditioned historic building of the Grove Arcade.   Most shops are opened 6 days a week 11-6 and there are many delicious restaurants close by.

Cool off in The Grove Arcade Asheville, NC

Grove Arcade

Top 5 Scenic Drives near Asheville, NC

Top 5 Scenic Drives near Asheville, NC Paired with Chocolate Fetish Chocolates.

A favorite way to enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is to take scenic drive near Asheville, NC.  Why not enhance the experience with a moment of chocolate ecstasy?  Here are some suggestions for scenic drives near Asheville, NC and the perfect chocolates to pair them with for a truly transcendent Asheville chocolate experience.

 

Blue Ridge Parkway

Scenic Drive near Asheville, NC

Often regarded as one of America’s most scenic roads, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers unmatched, spectacular mountain scenery. Weather you drive north or south on the Parkway from Asheville you’ll find your self reaching heights. Much like the Mountain Sunrise Truffle it’s all about the journey, so go slow, stop frequently and enjoy the blend of bright orange citrus zest and European dark chocolate.

 

Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway

Western North Carolina Scenic Drives

Nationally recognized for it’s scenic drive this winding 79-mile route has surprises around every corner. The Forest Heritage Scenic Byway is also named the Copperhead Loop by motorcyclists who love all the curves. Curves reminiscent of the loops found on our darkest dark chocolate truffle, the After Midnight. With a blend of four high cocoa content chocolates dipped in a special EXTRA dark blend. The taste is pure, unadulterated, and delicious.

 

Mt. Mitchell Scenic Byway

Asheville Chocolate Rounds

Starting at the top of Mt. Mitchell, drive 52 miles among the peaks and valleys of Yancey and Madison counties through the Toe River Valley and Burnsville. This area is a mecca for artists with many galleries and artist studios. But why just  look at art when you can taste it? This decadent disc of dark or milk chocolate is hand decorated with a colorful Blue Ridge Mountain Scene and finished with a white chocolate hand piped, “Asheville, NC.”

 

Newfound Gap Road

Newfound Gap Road and truff

Drive the very popular U.S. Highway 441 through Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Cherokee. First stop should be the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Mountain Farm Museum. Then drive 18 miles and climb 3,000 feet to Newfound Gap on the Tennessee border and enjoy the floral beauty much like the Blossom Truffle. This rich dark chocolate center is delicately flavored with lemon zest, a touch of ginger and a hint of saffron, then encased in dark chocolate couverture. You’ll be pleased to find a crystallized violet petal adorning the peak of this treat.

 

Waterfall Byway: US Highway 64

Waterfall Byway and truff

Drive 98 miles through the Blue Ridge Mountains, through charming towns and by plenty of beautiful waterfalls. Begin in Chimney Rock and travel west on U.S. Highway 64 by Lake Toxaway and through Cashiers and Highlands. Stop at roadside waterfalls Dry Falls and Bridal Veil as you enter the Cullasaja River Gorge and enjoy the shimmering water as it cascades. Our Diamond Griottine will pair perfectly with this sight. As you bite through the sparkling silver dusted dark chocolate you’ll find that the interior liquid white chocolate ganache will burst forth and begin to dribble down your chin.  Enjoy this treat in one bite and savor the French brandied cherry that lays within.