• Farris & Foster’s Fine Chocolates

    August 29, 2010

    After lunch at Pho 88, our group headed to a really neat chocolate shop in picturesque Baldwin Park. Farris and Foster’s Famous Chocolate Factory is a chocoholic’s heaven! But, you don’t just get to eat the chocolate– you get to make it too! :mrgreen:

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    We got to get our hands dirty making our very own chocolates with some help from co-owner, J. Foster Lanenga, and his staff.

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    “Foster” demonstrated the various techniques for making truffles, lollipops, peanut butter cups, and other goodies.

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    And then he let us loose in his chocolate factory! :mrgreen:

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    Chocolate-making is serious business to food bloggers!

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    Or not so serious! :lol:

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    Audi got a little crazy with the chocolate!!

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    My favorite chocolate-making technique was the dipping machine. Farris and Foster’s had just about every edible treat imaginable that you would want to cover in chocolate, including peanut butter-filled pretzels, dried apricots, Oreos, brownies, caramel turtles, potato chips, and even whole Twinkies!

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    Check this thing out!

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    For my first attempt, I went with a bunch of peanut butter-filled pretzels.

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    Once my pretzels were covered in chocolate, I decorated them.

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    Pretty! :mrgreen:

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    After about an hour of making chocolate, we each left with a box full of our own creations to take home with us.

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    How delicious do these look!?! Obviously, I’ve already dung into my stash! ;-)

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    Making my own chocolates was such a blast! It’s no surprise that Farris and Foster’s is so popular. Their calendar is packed with fun chocolate-making events, including Girls’ Night Out, Date Night, Birthday Parties, and other speciality parties. I wish that Boston had something like this!

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    Caitlin August 29, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    That looks like a real life Willy Wonka, but without the risk of turning into a blueberry. That’s a convincing argument for visiting Orlando!

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    Kelly August 29, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    That looks like so much fun! And delicious!

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    Jessica@tastyandtrim August 29, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    That looks like so much fun! All of your goodies look delicious :) Chocolate-covered pretzels are my favorite. I could eat a whole bag in one sitting!

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    Jessica@tastyandtrim August 29, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    That looks like so much fun! All of your goodies look delicious :) Chocolate-covered pretzels are my favorite. I could eat a whole bag in one sitting!

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    Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Oh my gosh that looks like so much fun! I’d have a field day in a chocolate shop. Definitely a bunch of kids in a candy shop! ;)

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    Erica August 29, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    This place looks amazing! Chocolate covered pretzels are super tasty (something about that salty sweet that really does it for me). Hope the rest of your trip is fantastic

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    allie August 29, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    chocolate covered pb filled pretzels! yum! that place looks too fun.

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    Heather August 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    OMG, I love chocolate!!! looks fab.

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    kate August 29, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    How could you not be having fun when chocolated covered peanut butter filled pretzels are involved!

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    Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 29, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    That is my idea of heaven, pure and simple.

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    Lynn (The Actors Diet) August 29, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    fun! my fave snack ever could be chocolate and pretzels.

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    Emily August 29, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    So jealous! This looks like a ton of fun. Good idea to make chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels. :)

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    Lea @ Healthy Coconut August 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    My dream hobby is to make chocolate all day and eat them too.

    I’ve always wanted to go on a chocolate factory tour. I had a chance in Seattle for Theo’s chocolate, but ran out of time during the vacation and had to head home without my chocolate tour.

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    Jaime Fong August 29, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Oh My GOd! Sign me up for that!!!!

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    Jaclyn August 29, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    That place looks SO COOL! I would love to make my own chocolate… getting to do it yourself without having to deal with set up or cleanup, sign me up!

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    Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) August 29, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Now that looks like my kind of day! Your choccies look awesome.

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    Alyssa August 29, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    That looks like SO much fun! I wish Boston had something like that too =(

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    Mimi August 29, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    All of your Orlando dining experiences sound amazing, but this one really takes the cake (chocolate?) I would kill to get in on some of that action!

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    Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat August 29, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    One word: yum!! I can see how that place would be super popular.

    I have now decided to change my life direction and go from law school to opening a be-your-own-chocolatier shop. Thank you Tina :)

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    Izzy August 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Oh my gosh, I’ve always wanted to go to Orlando for Disney Land…now I’m thinking I want to go for Farris & Foster’s Chocolate Factory!!!

    izzyy
    xox

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    holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 29, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Tina that looks like so much fun! Are you going to save some for Mal? :)

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    Katherine August 29, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    That is so cool that you got to go to a chocolate factory!

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    KerriAnn August 29, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Boston has a chocolate making class at ChocoLee Chocolates. Its just came up on Groupon a few days ago but sold out too quickly for me – but I think I’m still going to try it out one of these days!

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    Julie August 29, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    My in-laws live in Baldwin Park part of the year! I will have to visit the chocolate shop next time I’m there! Yum

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    gina (fitnessista) August 29, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    how did i now know about this place?! maybe my cousins will take me next weekend :)
    looks like you’re having an amazing trip!
    xoxo

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    Laura (Starloz) August 29, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    I cant believe how funn that looks. I love your creations

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    Mary August 30, 2010 at 9:27 am

    This looks like such a great time! I’d love to make my own chocolate! I just wanted to give you a heads up if you didn’t already know, your pictures are not viewable from ipads/smartphones!!

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    Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun August 30, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Omg! I would love it there! (But then again I would probably eat ALL of the chocolate!) Haha!

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    Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life August 30, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Heaven. Plain and simple right there. ;)

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    Lisa @ Want Believe Achieve August 30, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    look what I found in Boston…

    http://calendar.boston.com/boston-ma/events/show/124332985-boston-chocolate-workshops

    it is a chocolate workshop at the Elephant and Castle Restaurant!

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