Long Grove Chocolate Factory
On March 9 we made a trip to the Long Grove Chocolate Factory to learn a little about the history of this delectable treat, and eat some goodies as well! Long Grove Confectionery Co. opened in 1975 in a little red schoolhouse in Long Grove, IL. After just 10 successful years, they were able to expand and opened up their Chocolate Factory in Buffalo Grove for all to visit and explore. They now have 4 store locations, including one in Chicago!
On a fascinating tour of the factory, we learned that the correct pronunciation of cacao sounds like “kuh-cow,” the shelf-life of chocolate can be up to 5 whole years, white chocolate isn’t chocolate at all and is made from cacao butter (not the cocoa beans), and eating dark chocolate can actually be good for your health!
Among some of the fun things we had the honor of seeing, were a 500-pound solid chocolate Santa, a floor-to-ceiling chocolate sculpture of the statue of liberty that was carved by hand, and a giant $300 solid chocolate Easter bunny that’s actually available for purchase!