We are in the Ganong Chocolate factory, doing the tour and learning all about chocolate making.
Don’t these look delectable?
Ha ! Gottcha, the chocolates in this photo aren’t in fact real, they are over-sized toy ones, each just a little smaller than my computer mouse in size and there are two giant ” tray’s” of these side by side.
A photo above both the “trays” showing how the real trays are packed, the game here is for two players to race each other and place their over-sized “chocolates” into the over-sized “trays” to match the photo we are given… first to complete the arrangement correctly wins! believe me it’s harder than it looks!
Here are some real chocolates, yes the fake ones are very realistic!
I think that the over-sized proportions are necessary, if they were sized realistically, many a child (and adult) would have mistakenly tried to eat them.
The Ganong factory has what is believed to be the oldest operating candy machine in the world. It is a lozenge machine that has produced lozenges since 1889 when it was installed on the third floor of this building. During a factory fire in 1903, two such machines crashed thought the floor and were badly damaged. Factory mechanics were able to salvage enough parts from the two to rebuild one machine, It us still going strong at the new Ganong plant and produces more than three million lozenges each week.
And then there are the “Chicken Bones” … err, “Chicken Bones?” for real? No… a sweet one, a candy one!
The original chicken bone was created at least 100 years ago by Baltimore native Frank Sparhawk. The exact year of it’s creation and it’s name are unknown, except that it is shaped like a chicken bone.
The chicken bone has an unsweetened dark chocolate centre, with a hardboiled sugar and cinnamon jacket. Today the chicken bone is still made the same way as it was over a century ago, only the length has changed. The Chicken Bone is the last remaining hard candy to be produced by Ganong.
We of course, stop in the shop to buy some chocolates to take with us…
This chocolate tour was a delectable stop indeed, it comes highly recommended by the Kiwidutch family and their friends! So if you are ever passing anywhere close to St Stephen in New Brunswick, Canada, be sure to allow some time to take a break here in this most delicious of places.