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11.13.12


One of the best parts of being a blogger is having the opportunity to visit fun places. On a recent trip to Fort Wayne, IN the good people at DeBrand Fine Chocolates gave me a tour of their facility. It was definitely one of the highlights of my visit to the area.

(c)DeBrand Fine Chocolates

A bit of a back story before I talk more about my tour. My first introduction to DeBrand chocolates was during the Travel Media Showcase that I attended this summer. I met with the Convention and Visitor Bureau rep for Fort Wayne and she gave me a small box of DeBrand chocolates as a gift. As a rule, I’m not a fan of chocolate, but I thanked her for the gift and tucked it in my bag to bring home to Emma. Somehow that chocolate survived the next week in my bag as I traveled.

After I arrived back home I was having a day where I wanted something sweet and I found the DeBrand chocolate in my tote bag. I decided to give it a try and if I didn’t like it I figured I would just pawn it off on Em—she loves chocolate. Oh my goodness. One bite and I was hooked! Seriously, it was some of the best chocolate that I have ever tasted. That bite sealed my decision to travel to Fort Wayne so I could take a tour of DeBrand Fine Chocolates.

(c)DeBrand Fine Chocolates

Back to the tour. It starts with an interesting short video about the company and chocolate. It really gives a nice overview and we enjoyed it. Next its a behind the scenes look at how the chocolate is made with various stops at windows that allow you to peek into the chocolate making world that is DeBrand. Each stop is accompanied by a brief video AND, the best part, a taste test of chocolate. We sampled everything from the chocolate pretzel bar to delicious vanilla ice cream.

DeBrand was started in 1987 and has quickly become know for their exceptional and beautifully crafted chocolates. They have three stores in the Fort Wayne area and ship chocolate all over the world. Did you catch that??? They SHIP all over the world. That means right to your door. Trust me when I say its worth placing an order just so you can indulge in a piece or two.

DeBrand offers a wonderful array of fine chocolates. In fact, walking into their store is a bit magical. Chocolates of all colors, shapes, and sizes taunt you from within the glass displays. Picking just one or two is a lost cause and, if you are like me, you’ll end up with a bag full to take home and enjoy in moderation so your supply doesn’t deplete too quickly.

Here are some of my favorite chocolate choices from DeBrand:

14pc. All Milk Chocolate Classic Collection (c)DeBrand Fine Chocolates

Caramel Pretzel Bar (c)DeBrand Fine Chocolates

Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels (c)DeBrand Fine Chocolates

Hot Chocolate On A Spoon–Stock Stuffer Idea!! (c)DeBrand Fine Chocolates

Gourmet Marshmellows (c)DeBrand Fine Chocolates

I’m drooling a bit, are you?? I really wish we had some DeBrand chocolate in the house. I should have reserved a piece to enjoy while writing this post. I ran out of my stash of DeBrand a couple weeks ago and it needs to be restocked :) By the way, DeBrand offers a flat rate of just $9.95 for shipping.

In addition, if you visit their stores you can enjoy in house favorites like ice cream sundaes, hot cocoa, and coffee. I highly recommend scheduling extra time for some R&R while you enjoy a delicious treat in the store.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Store Hours
M-Th: 7am – 9pm
Fri: 7am – 10:30pm
Sat: 10am – 10:30pm
Sun: Noon – 6pm

Fort Wayne Locations: Auburn Park Drive, Coldwater Road, Jefferson Pointe

Tours: Click here for more information.

Enjoy,

12 Comments

  1. Posted November 13, 2012 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    I hadn’t heard of this brand of chocolate yet, but it looks delicious.

  2. Posted November 13, 2012 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Looks amazing! That would be a great holiday gift!

  3. Posted November 13, 2012 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Wow, that hot chocolate on a spoon looks wonderful! That would be a great stocking stuffer!

  4. Posted November 13, 2012 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    YUM! Those look absolutely delicious!

  5. Posted November 13, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never heard of them, but I want that All Milk Chocolate Classic Collection!
    Kas

  6. Posted November 13, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    That caramel pretzel bar…drool. They all look absolutely delicious.

  7. Posted November 13, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    These are so pretty! I need to make a short trip over to check them out. Thanks for the info. Love that hot chocolate!

  8. Posted November 13, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    These look amazing, especially those gourmet marshmallows!

  9. Posted November 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a great holiday gift! I would have to wrap it immediately, or my hubby may eat it first

  10. Posted November 14, 2012 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    THose chocolates are so pretty. I would love to try the pretzel ones!

  11. Nancy
    Posted November 14, 2012 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Ooh God, these look amazing.

    Nancy

  12. Posted November 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Yum. Pretty chocolate only makes it taste that much better. I will have to check them out!