According to Wikipedia, Chocolate has become one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world. Gifts of chocolate molded into different shapes have become traditional on certain holidays: chocolate bunnies andeggsare popular on Easter, chocolate coins onHanukkah, Santa Clausand other holiday symbols on Christmas, and chocolateheartsor chocolate in heart-shaped boxes onValentine's Day. Chocolate is also used in cold and hot beverages, to producechocolate milkandhot chocolate.
According to Lori in Lansing: Chocolate is synonymous with love, comfort, delight and decadence. And in Greater Lansing, its also synonymous with Fabianos Candies, Carusos Candy Kitchen and Soup Spoon Caf.
- Fabianos Candies. The Fabiano and Blair families have multiple generations making chocolates in this Lansing fixture on Michigan Avenue. While theyre busy hand dipping cherries in the back room, you need to get busy and make sure you get there before Valentines Day so you wont be caught in the line that snakes out the door each year. But believe me, if thats when you go, its worth the wait and it gives you plenty of time to browse and figure out all the treats to pick up for everyone you love. They also have a wonderful selection of sugar free items, too! Oh, you can also buy online and have it shipped!
- Carusos Candy Kitchen. Located in the Lansing City Market, theres nothing better than to walk in and have the sweet aromas from Carusos waft around you. From homemade caramel apples to hand dipped nuts, fruits and even potato chips (yum), they have something to satisfy any sweet tooth.
- Soup Spoon Caf.While not exactly in line with the candy shops, I happened upon a lovely concoction while dining there last week. The perfect chocolate martini. It became apparent that I like my chocolate in all forms and a liquid chocolate fix is just as sweet.
And then dont forget one of my favorite events of the year - the annual MSU Museum Chocolate Party Benefit. Its coming up February 24th at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. Chocolate torte, cheesecake, truffles, fountains and other delicacies make up the edible exhibits on this holy of all chocolate holy days. Its one of the few professional culinary events open to the public in the country with area chefs and culinary students competing to create elegant, edible masterpieces. This years inspiration will come from the MSU Museums new exhibit, Adventures in Time and the Third Dimension: Through the Stereoscope.
So Chocoholics unite! Get your chocolate craving satisfied. Its easy enough in Greater Lansing.