Thursday April 17th 2014

Out Going

Candy factory fantasy: Making chocolate-covered pretzels

By: Shannon Bryan

Michelle Belanger of Old Orchard appears to be enthusiastic about her newly minted bag of chocolate-covered pretzels. Shannon Bryan photos

There weren’t any hills covered in edible flowers at Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections in Freeport. There were no Everlasting Gobstoppers, there were no golden geese. And no one took a sweet-tasting nosedive into a river of chocolate. But that didn’t stop me from diving into my own finally realized Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory fantasy on Saturday.

(There were some small candy makers – possibly Oompa Loompas, most likely kids.)

Wilbur’s of Maine, on Route 1 not far from LL Bean and the outlet shops, frequently invites the wannabe candy maker to step inside the small on-site factory for DIY confectioning. On Saturday, it was chocolate-covered pretzels.

Sure, these events might generally be geared for kids. But I say we’re never too young to watch pretzels pass by conveyor belts and into small waterfalls of milk chocolate.

And now that we’re older, we know not to stick our faces into aforementioned waterfalls of chocolate, even though we still really, really want to.

The pretzels get a thick insulating layer of the good stuff, then a sprinkling of something colorful.

And after they arrive out from the cooling contraption, which hardens the chocolate for packaging, we can toss them into a bag for later consumption. Except for the few we eat right away.

Fantasy fulfilled.

For those whose fantasies are still unrealized, mark your calendar for the Valentine Love Bug on Feb 9 from 11 am-2 pm. Cost to put one of these adorably edible insects together is $6.

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