Celebrating Chocolate the Wayne County Way
December is known for bringing about the most wonderful time of year. Holidays are in full swing, moods are cheery and bright, and families come together from far and wide to share memories, give and receive gifts, and indulge in sweet chocolate.
Indulge in sweet chocolate? Yes. You read that properly. There is an overlooked and rather hushed holiday that happens just before Christmas and New Year’s. It is a little day called National Chocolate Day. Fellow chocolate lovers rejoice!
To celebrate National Chocolate Day, the Wayne County Tourism Bureau is doing a giveaway of a basket with chocolate goodies from local shops. If you’re interested in entering into the giveaway, click here!
I did some research to compile a list of favorites from locals and visitors alike. Please keep in mind that the places and items listed here are only a small part of the large variety Wayne County has to offer. You can get a full chocolate experience with our Chocolate Trail! Find out more information here! Don’t forget to stop into the Welcome Center at 5701 National Rd. East, Richmond, IN for your passport. Your passport gets you free samples!
Olympian Candies is located at 625 E. Main St., Richmond, IN. They’re open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 3 pm. On top of the classic chocolate pieces, Olympian sells chocolate covered Oreos, deluxe chocolate covered oreos, various kinds of chocolate barks, and so much more. Two big hits among the crowd are Olympian’s Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, Greek Creams, and Chocolate Covered Toffee.
Fountain Acres is a small Amish store located at 1140 W. Whitewater Rd. in Fountain City, Indiana. They’re open from 8 am to 6 pm daily. This shop holds a variety of items for sell including grocery items, baked goods, handcrafted furniture, and chocolate cheese. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you heard right… chocolate cheese. Rumor has it this sweet treat tastes much like chocolate fudge. One person claimed it was very smooth and creamy. If you’re up for a new taste adventure, why not give it a try?
Warm Glow Candle Company is open from 9 am to 7 pm every day. You can find them just off of the Centerville exit on Interstate 70 at 2131 N. Centerville Rd. in Centerville, IN. Warm Glow isn’t your typical candle shop. Over the years, they have expanded their collection to include candles and mists, home decor, wines, and (of course) sweet treats! Warm Glow now sells all sorts of chocolate treats (edible and smell-able). They carry chocolate scented candles such as Evening Mocha that is sure to spark a sweet tooth in anyone.
Main Street Sweets Cafe is a quaint coffee shop located at 109 W. Main St. in Cambridge City, IN. They are open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm. They are also open Sundays from 12 pm to 6 pm. Along with coffee, this shop offers Ashby’s Sterling hand dipped ice cream, buckeyes, chocolate bites, fudge, and so much more. Main St. Sweets is a great lunch stop or sweet tooth satisfier for everyone in the family.
Abbott’s Candies is located in Hagerstown, IN at 48 E. Walnut St. and are open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturdays (through December 23) from 9 am to 4 pm. Abbott’s Candies sells a variety of sweet treats from caramels, fudge, assorted chocolates (with or without creams), and truffles! Abbott’s has been around since the 1890’s and has a “short but sweet” history under their “About” tab on their website. The best way to learn more is to always visit for yourself (and maybe try a bite or two).
J &J Winery is located on the west side of Richmond at 3415 National Rd. W. They’re open Wednesday from 12 pm to 5 pm; Thursday and Friday from 4 pm to 10 pm; Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm; and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. J&J has a chocolate raspberry wine (aka Dionysus Barber on their menu) that can be sampled while exploring the Bureau’s chocolate trail. Outside of the Chocolate Trail, you can sample up to five wines for $10.
Last but not least, Ullery’s Ice Cream is a local favorite. Ullery's is located at 168 Fort Wayne Ave. in Richmond, IN. They are open Tuesday through Thursday from 12 pm to 8 pm and Friday and Saturday from 12 pm to 9 pm. Ullery's has a large selection of ice cream and toppings (including chocolaty ones). You choose your flavor, pick how it is served (in a cone, waffle bowl, or milkshake), and finally top it off with extra treats like nuts, sprinkles, fudge, or fruit.
Once again, this is not a full representation of all the shops in Wayne County that sell chocolate or chocolate related goods. These are only a few that the general public mentioned along with a few picked out from the Chocolate Trail. Every shop and restaurant in Wayne County has a unique product or service to offer to locals and to visitors. We encourage you to take a weekend to explore the vast variety we have to offer. A chocolaty overnight experience to consider is our Chocolate Trail Getaway Packages. You can find out more here!
To learn more about our distinctive trails, call us at 765-935-8687 or 800-828-8414 or stop into the Welcome Center at 5701 National Rd E, Richmond, IN to visit with our friendly staff and volunteers. They can gear you up for a weekend’s worth of fun and adventure for a girl’s night out, a couple’s get away, or a family vacation. As always you can learn more information about the Wayne Co. Tourism Bureau and the services and activities we offer by visiting www.visitrichmond.org or follow us on the social media listed below.
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