5701 National Rd. E
Old National Road Welcome Center
Richmond Indiana 47374United States
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Hopping down the Chocolate Trail proves a decadently fun way to explore Richmond and surrounding Wayne County, Indiana.
Visitors to east central Indiana now have an organized list of delicious discoveries to make, thanks to the Wayne County Chocolate Trail, established in December 2010. It is a free, self-guided driving tour that takes in nearly a dozen businesses throughout the area. Make sure to stop by the welcome center on National Road East in Richmond to get a chocolate passport before starting. You can flash the passport at stops for free samples and giveaways, plus "chocolate bucks" for discounts on purchases along the way. Adventurers will find some unexpected destinations, from the ritzy Ghyslain Chocolatier to the quaint century-old Olympian Candies. J&J Winery pours glasses of liqueurlike chocolate wine, Mona Lisa Salon and Day Spa offers a discount on chocolate-scented treatments, Warm Glow Candle Outlet gifts freebie oversize votives, and Building 125 antiques gives away single chocolate pearls. (A few participants require a slight stretch of the imagination to make the chocolate connection, but the list certainly offers variety.) The Chocolate Trail is really too much to try to tackle in a single day without a stomachache, but it's easy enough to hit every stop over the course of a weekend. Fortunately, you don't have to eat all the samples on the spot; shops will wrap up treats and tastes to go if asked.