Saturday, January 19, 2013

Maximum Candiosity: Esther Price

People who don't live in Dayton or Cincinnati may not be familiar with the name, but Esther Price was the Willy Wonka of Dayton Ohio. Since the 1920's, the Esther Price factory has been pumping out her own special recipe of super sweet chocolates and other sugary treats. It's still a family-owned business (albeit another family) so it's not surprising that the employees are also super sweet, offering tasty morsels of chocolate and candy-choosing advice. The chocolate factory is just a couple minutes down the road from my house, so I stopped by this morning to check out the Valentine's Day spread and nibble on a few free samples.

It was chilly this morning, so they had free hot chocolate, but I made a beeline for the "misfits" bowl- those chocolates that are so hideously deformed as to make them ineligible for inclusion in a box of candy. AKA the "Imperfection Confections."

Mmm... yummy imperfections...
Next up is something that might be considered a local delicacy- Chocolate covered potato chips. (The chips are Mike-Sell's brand- also made in Dayton!) Sweet, salty, and so good...
The ripples in the chips ensure a good ratio of chip to chocolate.
On down the line, I sampled pecan-infused fudge and a pecan turtle. Both delish, but if you're in the candy store this time of year, there is one thing you can't miss. Everywhere you turn you will find row upon row of heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, from petite 4 ounce packages to the massive $171 eight pound red velvet covered behemoth.
Light chocolate, dark chocolate, light and dark chocolate... so many to choose from!

Animal prints are going to be big this year.

Seriously, 8 lbs of chocolate, but somehow it adds 10 pounds to your hips?
And oh yeah, another Ohio favorite, the Buckeye...
Chocolate covered peanut buttery goodness!
Finally, lest you succumb to chocolate overload, there is the wall of Jelly Belly jelly beans, the fantastically nostalgic pic-m-mix selection, and a variety of pre-bagged non-chocolate candies of the gummy, sour, chewy, and hard variety, including sugar free ones, ensuring maximum candiosity for all!

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