Favorite Things

3BF8ABB0-1C23-C7A0-B3686E4865FA7316Gertrude Hawk Dark Chocolate Smidgens. One of my all time favorites!

Valentine's Day is coming up next week and in my mind that means a green light to eat dessert! It will be one of those days when my "everything in moderation" theory kicks in and I will happily indulge in something sweet. Why not? What's Valentine's Day without a little chocolate? Of course there are plenty of ways to show your love for someone but in my world, if it accompanies a box of chocolate, it's that much better! I guess that makes me a chocoholic. I am more than OK with that label and thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite chocolate things with you today. Happy Friday!

210413Ultimate Chocolate Fondue from Ghirardelli

Chocolate-Covered-Strawberries2Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Food Network

Mini-Chocolate-Cakes-SweetapolitaBoxed Chocolate Mini Cakes from Sweetapolita

Chocolate-Sweet-HeartsChocolate Sweet Heart Cookies from Martha Stewart

Norman-LoveThe most beautiful and delicious handcrafted chocolates I have ever seen by Norman Love Confections.

Raspberry-Chocolate-Kiss-CocktailRaspberry Chocolate Kiss Cocktail from Martha Stewart. A perfect compliment to a chocolate dessert!

I hope you indulge in something sweet this Valentine's Day! Have a wonderful weekend!

Leslie xo

Favorite Things

The Hershey Chocolate Factory has been in the news a lot lately due to the fact that The Hershey Company is planning to knock down some of the factory’s original structure. The equipment and some of the factory buildings are outdated and there is apparently no reasonable way to renovate them. Some of the demolition has already begun. When I was a little girl there were public tours of the Hershey Chocolate Factory. I remember watching the chocolate swooshing back and forth as the conches were churning and the wonderful smell of chocolate filled the air. I will never forget receiving a souvenir packet at the end of the tour that contained a full size Hershey’s candy bar and a package of Hershey’s Cocoa. I have lived in Hershey most of my life and as I watched a local news report this past week, I was reminded of the rich history of this factory and I couldn’t help but feel truly fortunate to have experienced a piece of it myself.  It made me sad to see the reporter standing in the same place that I stood over 40 years ago but now the building was empty and dusty and the conches were retired.  So, as sad as it is, life moves on and progress happens. We have to embrace change and look forward to new things. I am just happy that I had the chance to experience the Hershey Chocolate Factory when it was thriving. It's something I will be able to tell my grandchildren someday. Today I thought it would be fun to share some photos of  one of the "Sweetest Places on Earth.”  Happy Friday!

A view of the factory smokestacks and the silos that housed cocoa beans, from Chocolate Avenue in Hershey.

An even prettier view of the factory and smokestacks.

The well-known intersection of Chocolate and Cocoa Avenues is a popular photo opportunity for tourists.

A shot of a famous Hershey’s Kiss light with a view of the water tower on top of the Hershey Chocolate Factory.

A view of the entrance to The Hershey Company on Chocolate Avenue.

The center of town, Chocolate Avenue.

The famous Hershey's Kiss street lights. Every other one is wrapped and then unwrapped.

Have a sweet weekend!

Leslie xo

Photo Credit and Copyright: Doug Reese

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