Writers, Readers, and Chocolate: a Sweet Relationship, St. Augustine, FL Chocolate Factory Tour
|Dangerous Sanctuary by J.Q. Rose|
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In December 2014, we visited St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest European continuously occupied city in the USA. We fell in love with the beautiful city founded 452 years ago. The history, cultures, waterways, the Christmas lights, and music all blended into a great get-away.
|Ty begins the tour on the factory floor. Information on the fine ingredients in this artisanal chocolate and the method used to turn cocoa beans into heavenly flavors of chocolate were explained in an adjoining room.|
|The factory. Yes, I was expecting conveyor belts, clanging bells, a frenzy of machinery, and lots of workers. But no, only about three people working at quiet machines that you will see below.|
|Ty introduced us to Miss Nan (forgive me if I don't have her name correct). She is bagging their delicious foil-wrapped candy shells and placing them in the boxes.|
|The machine is making white chocolate. Stirring is an important aspect of making delicious candy. I learned white chocolate does not have cocoa powder as an ingredient, but does contain the cocoa butter.|
Yes, they push the health benefits of eating DARK chocolate.
|The mold and the finished product, a hollow football complete with white chocolate laces!|
Beautiful! No,Ty didn't make this one....
|Miss Nan revs up the machine that wraps foil around the chocolate shells.|
|Miss Nan loads the shells into the machine. Ty explained the path the candy took through the gears and belts with a patter that a rap star couldn't have done better!|
|Success! Look at the parade of red foil-wrapped candy which Miss Nan will bag later.|
|Yes, we re-enacted the candy wrapping scene from the I Love Lucy Show.|
You can't tell I have the candy stuffed in my mouth and down my bra, just like Lucy. LOL!!
|The chocolate factory scene from the I Love Lucy Show.|
The real actors in I Love Lucy. Have you seen this episode? It's a classic.
Photos by J.Q. Rose
|Poinsettia--the traditional Christmas flower|
Wishing you joy, peace, hope, and love this Christmas season