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December 8, 2009

Ganong Chocolate in St Stephens…

Filed under: CANADA,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photo © kiwidutch)

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.

(photo © kiwidutch)

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.

(photo © kiwidutch)

(photo © kiwidutch)

(photo © kiwidutch)

(photo © kiwidutch)

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.

(photo © kiwidutch)

We of course, stop in the shop to buy some chocolates to take with us…

(photo © kiwidutch)

(photo © kiwidutch)

(photo © kiwidutch)

(photo © kiwidutch)

(photo © kiwidutch)

(photo © kiwidutch)

(photo © kiwidutch)

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.

(photo © kiwidutch)


  1. I’d probably try to eat one of those oversized chocolate game pieces anyway! I mean, look at them…*drool*…

    Comment by blisterina — December 8, 2009 @ 2:42 am | Reply

    • Tell me about it! They look VERY real ! What is the bet that the origonal ones might have been smaller but had to be replaced becuase they started to get teeth marks in them? Maybe I should write to Ganong and ask them? LOL If you know anyone who offers you Ganong chocolates, grab them with both arms.. these are seriously good 🙂

      Comment by Kiwidutch — December 8, 2009 @ 8:51 am | Reply

  2. this is the coolest

    it ia awesome

    Comment by bob — April 23, 2012 @ 2:40 pm | Reply

    • Welcome to my blog Bob…
      Chocolates are ALWAYS awesome, don’t you think? 🙂

      Comment by kiwidutch — April 23, 2012 @ 7:07 pm | Reply

  3. I have been going to Ganongs since I was a kid growing up across the river in Maine. I go now, every time I’m East. Tip. If you buy in Canada, ship from Maine. It’s much cheaper!

    Comment by Nancy McDonough Lerandeau — October 21, 2018 @ 12:39 am | Reply

  4. Nancy,
    making a trip here is well worth the effort! The chocolates are amazing. What a great tip about posting from Maine instead of Canada. I’m sure that readers who come to check out a blog post about Ganong Chocolate will very much appreciate your excellent tip and save a lot of money when posting extra of these home,or to family and friends. It’s an excellent tip, Thank You!

    Comment by kiwidutch — October 23, 2018 @ 6:28 am | Reply

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