If you have a weakness for chocolate, or ever dreamed about Charlie’s adventures in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you’ll find you must treat yourself to this candy factory tour when near Detroit, Michigan. No golden ticket necessary!
A staple and a long-time favorite with locals, Morley Candy Makers – Home of Sanders Candy (23770 Hall Road, Clinton Township MI), is located about 45 minutes from Detroit. The spot includes a candy shop featuring Morley and Sanders chocolates, fudge, candy, ice cream and other sweets.
The candy factory can be visited on a tour, which includes a video history of how chocolate is made as well as a local history of the Morley and Sanders companies. This is followed by a tour of the production lines, viewed from behind the safety of glass windows. You can follow the journey of a delicious piece of chocolate from the moment it gets poured, to when it’s molded, decorated, assembled, and packaged – ready to head out into the store and then into your belly.
Also, because it would just be cruel to be surrounded by sweets without at least having a taste – the tour comes with the opportunity to try numerous SAMPLES.
Once the tour is complete, you’re left to wander the store, famous for the Sanders Hot Fudge (a super-decadent local favorite). Try the Peanut Butter Block, or Peanut Butter and Chocolate Bunnies (only available around Easter). The Almond Pecan-Dy Crunch, Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, the Dark Chocolate Peppermint Patties or Dark Chocolate Snoconuts – every piece of chocolate more delicious than the next.
Also, if it can be dipped in chocolate – they’ll have it; well, at least when it comes to apples and other fruits like cherries, raspberries, raisins and cranberries, marshmallows, Rice Krispie treats and even salty snacks like chocolate-covered pretzels and chocolate-covered potato chips.
Tours of the candy factory are free, but are available by reservation only. If you are popping in for a spur-of-the moment visit, you can also watch the factory behind the glass windows (as long as it’s during production hours). The candy factory tour will last about 45 minutes. Contact details to make a reservation can be found on the Sanders website.
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