Indiana’s Sweet Temptations Trail

At Ghyslain Chocolatier, each chocolate and dessert are artfully constructed. PHOTO: Ghyslain Chocolatier

Indulge in some sweet treats this season 

Story by Stephanie Nicol 

While we really don’t need a holiday to celebrate our favorite foods, we can use it as an excuse to overindulge in some of our favorite culinary delights.

February boasts several calendar- worthy celebrations—February 2 is National Tater Tot Day, February 9 is National Pizza Day, February 24 is National Tortilla Chip Day—but the most universally-recognized foodie holiday in February is, of course, Valentine’s Day, when nearly 58 million pounds of chocolate will be sold throughout the country.

So, in the spirit of this upcoming holiday, we’re going to highlight the Indiana Foodways Alliance “Sweet Temptations Trail,” one of 21 trails throughout Indiana sanctioned by this non-profit group of tourism and culinary professionals who serve to promote Indiana’s authentic food culture.

So Good Candies in Peru has brought back some of the Arnold’s recipes from the early 1900s, including the Gold Brick bars. PHOTO: Elizabeth Granger

The Sweet Temptations Trail has more than 40 stops throughout the state, and includes bakeries, donut shops, eateries that serve great desserts, and confectioneries who make some of the best chocolates found in the United States.

One of those is Schimpff’s Confectionery in Jeffersonville which is one of the oldest, continuously operated family-owned candy businesses in the country. While they’re famous for their cinnamon Red Hots, their chocolate “turtles” are a popular item, especially for Valentine’s Day.

At So Good Candies in Peru, you can purchase Cole Porter’s favorite fudge, which was originally developed by the Arnold family in the early 1900s. So Good started making
the original fudge recipe in 2016, and has also brought back other Arnold family favorites like the Gold Brick candy bar and chocolate bark.

Popular since 1912 is McCord’s Candies in Lafayette. PHOTO: Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette

In Anderson, Good’s Candy Shop has been making candy since the 1940s. Today, they are one of the largest candy shops in Central Indiana. One step into their shop on West 53rd Street, and you’ll quickly see, and smell, why their chocolates are so popular. And for Valentine’s Day, they produce several specialty items, like chocolate suckers, milk chocolate cupids, and more.

If you want a treat for your eyes as well as your taste buds, a must stop on the Sweet Temptations Trail is Ghyslain Chocolatier in Union City. Here, each chocolate and dessert is artfully created and the experience of eating these decadent confections is almost like popping a small masterpiece into your mouth.

Ghyslain Maruais, the master chef here, is certified in French pastry, chocolate décor, candy- making, and blown/pulled sugar, not a surprise once you experience it for yourself.

For more than 78 years, candy lovers have been travelling to Muncie to purchase hand- dipped chocolates and more at Lowery’s Candies. They pride themselves on using people, not machines, to make each and every chocolate that is produced and sold. For Valentine’s Day, they sell not only their traditional foil hearts filled with a variety of chocolates, but also specialty items like chocolate dipped krispie hearts, personalized cream cakes, and more.

Lowery’s Candies hand-dips each piece of chocolate they produce. PHOTO: Indiana Foodways Alliance

Recognized as the fastest- growing chocolate company in the nation, South Bend Chocolate Company has retail stores and Chocolate Cafes throughout the Midwest. The variety of their offerings is extensive—who wouldn’t want a box of their Valentine Heart Turtles— and as an added bonus, they offer tours at their factory in South Bend.

In 1912, McCord Candies in Lafayette opened their doors for business, and today they’re still selling a wide variety of treats and sweets, including truffles, chocolate malt balls, caramels, toffee, and more.

For a complete list of all the stops on the Sweet Temptations Trail, go to www.indianafoodways.com

For More Information:

Schimpff’s Confectionery
www.schimpffs.com
812-283-8367

So Good Candies
www.sogoodcandies.com
765-327-8080

Ghyslain Chocolates
www.ghyslain.com

Lowery’s Candies
www.loweryscandies.com
765-288-7300

South Bend Chocolate Company
www.sbchocolate.com
574-233-2577

McCord Candies
www.mccordcandies.com
765-742-4441