Chocolate, Valentines and Blue Mountain
I love chocolate. I mean, I LOVE chocolate. Doesn’t everyone? If you are a bit of a connoisseur, you know that not all chocolates are equal.
There’s the grocery store aisle chocolate that’s really just strange candy stuff wrapped in silly packages. It’s exactly like the little mini bars you find at Halloween. In my view, this stuff will do in a pinch when you are in a crisis of chocolate depravation or something like that. Then there is the fancier stuff you find in the drug stores. Not bad but it sometimes gets boring after the 4th piece or so.
Then there are things like imported chocolates, gourmet truffles or other such mouth-watering, handmade pieces of heaven. Now we’re talking. This is the level where I lose all sense of reality. Yes, I have actually dreamt of drowning in a giant copper kettle filled with melted Belgian chocolate.
One of the best places for chocoholic connoisseurs to satisfy their needs is at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory located in the Village at Blue. This tiny shop was one of the first to locate in the Village back in 2002 and ten years later, it is still one of the most successful chocolate shops in the country!
Rocky Mountain is part of a national franchise with over 50 locations. You’ve seen them in malls; you know, the places with the crazy huge caramel apples covered in marshmallows or other goodies? (I do believe the nutritional value of the apple cancels out any caloric issues you may have so don’t worry. They are surely almost calorie free, right?)
In 2005, the local operation was purchased by Claus Fleischmann who had relocated his family to this area looking for the active and healthy lifestyle found in our community. I recently asked him why his chocolate is so darn good and he said, “ 80% of the products we sell are made fresh daily right on site. They are unique and over-the-top creations you can’t find anywhere else and we use only the highest quality ingredients without cutting any corners.” He’s right. Clusters, bombs, truffles, chocolate covered blueberries, sponge toffee, fudge, candy apples …. just try to resist. It can’t be done.
If you are looking for a special Valentines gift for that special someone or perhaps a unique house warming or hostess gift or, simply a treat for yourself, it’s well worth a visit to the store. The shop is located in the centre of the Village beside the Firehall Pizza Company and is open Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm; until 9 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings.