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Sep 23, 2013
09:26 AMThe Connecticut Table
Fascia's Raises the (Gourmet Chocolate) 'Bar': New Store, Tours, Make-Your-Own Bar
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“We look forward to welcoming the Golden Anniversary Prize winners to work at Fascia’s for one day and be as involved as they desire,” Fascia’s Chocolates President Carmen Romeo said in the release. “They can help us make chocolate, use our equipment, and do the work of everyday packaging. And, of course, we would expect them to be our ‘Main Taster for the Day’ while they are here with us.”
The family-owned Fascia’s Chocolates was founded in 1964 by John and Helen Fascia. Its new location at 44 Chase River Road in Waterbury is located immediately off Route 8 North at Exit 36, just two minutes from I-84. The new factory and retail store also houses Lynne’s Chocolate Fakery, offering freshly-baked goods and cupcakes that include fresh whipped crème cupcakes, truffle cupcakes, peanut butter cupcakes and many more delicious cupcakes.
Additionally, Fascia’s Chocolates’ new location features an outdoor patio with picnic tables. The main entrance displays a collection of previously-used chocolate-making molds and Fascia’s Chocolates’ memorabilia that includes newspaper articles and photographs that span the past five decades of the family’s success as renowned chocolate makers.
In terms of the tours, through a large window visitors can view Fascia’s production room to obtain a behind-the-scenes look at every stage of gourmet chocolate production, the release says. “To enhance their observation,” explained Romeo, “we have live cameras looking onto the factory floor for ‘up-close’ viewings of production activities. Visitors can also view our video and photographic descriptions of the various stages of how chocolate products are produced. In addition to the engaging and educational features of the tour, visitors can also choose the unique experience of making their own chocolate bar with toppings. Once their bar has cooled, they will place their bar into a wrapper, seal it, and put on their own seal ‘Made by Me at Fascia’s Chocolates.’”
Ongoing tours are offered at Fascia’s Chocolate Factory Saturdays at 12 noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. and Sundays at 1 and 3 p.m. Fascia’s retail store is open year-round, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 12 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The store and factory are closed Mondays except between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
For tour schedules, and to make online reservations, visit the website www.fasciaschocolates.com. The phone number is 203-753-0515. Fascia’s can also be found on Facebook, and you can follow them on Twitter.
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