Midwest Living Review
An intoxicating scent hits you when you walk in the door at the DeBrand corporate building, which looks like an oversized confection. Then you glimpse the jewel box-like display counter, full of picture-perfect chocolates in every size and shape, and your mouth starts watering. With three collections to choose from -- classic, truffle and connoisseur -- as well as candy bars, marshmallows and more, it's hard to select one favorite. Fillings and flavors vary from traditional caramel, nuts and creams to more modern ingredients like jalapeno, chili powder and rosemary. The on-site cafe serves up a sugar buzz with a menu of housemade ice cream and gelato, downright sinful desserts, hot chocolates and coffees. The 45-minute tour is well worth the $5 price, and offers tasting at each of three production kitchen stops. No reservation is necessary, and you even get to redeem your admission with a $5 coupon, good toward any product purchase of $10 or more. Only a few public tours are given each week, but DeBrand also schedules private tours for groups of 12 or more at other times.