Midwest Living Review
Don't be surprised if you see Kim Mitchell coming out of the kitchen at Olympian Candies in a chocolate-smudged apron. The shop has been a fixture in downtown Richmond for decades, and Kim hand-dips every chocolate in the shop. She is especially proud of her chocolate creams, made from recipes that James Chagares (the original owner) brought from Greece when he founded Olympian Candies in 1909. "I make true Greek creams from scratch," says Kim. "The cream centers are soft and gently ooze when you bite into them." Other specialties include melt-in-your-mouth caramels, scrumptious toffees, and "dittles," a chocolate-covered combination of caramel and pecans (much the same as the trademarked turtle candies). And if you've ever tried to find old-fashioned molded chocolates for the holidays, you'll definitely want to contact Olympian Candies. At Easter, the shop offers an excellent selection of chocolate chicks and bunnies; for Christmas, it sells colorfully decorated white chocolate Santas and snowmen. We tried milk chocolate peppermint creams. (Because the shop is part of the Wayne County Chocolate Trail, a trail passport lets you pick out any piece of chocolate to sample. Pick up a passport at the Richmond Visitor Center on Old National Road.) All pieces are still dipped by hand, and they look and taste homemade. These old-fashioned chocolates aren't fancy, but they are delicious. The chocolate trail passport also gives you a bonus 1/4 lb. of candy free when you buy 1/4 lb. at regular price. Prices are typical of an old-fashioned chocolate shop; most chocolates run $14-$20 per pound, 15-piece box costs $9.25.