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I caved, and then I had candy

We left Mammoth National Park and Cave City behind and pointed ourselves north toward Indianapolis, Indiana. Just outside Indy, we got a hotel, had some dinner, kids spent time in the pool... same routine as the last couple nights. The next morning, Miss Garmin navigated toward our next stop. I say "toward" becuz she obviously wasn't in a good mood and kept telling us to turn left when the building was on the right   This is where we were going: Welcome to Albanese's Candy Factory![](/attachments/2009/06/25/07/28824_200906250738246.thumb.jpg)My wee people were kinda anxious to get in... Isn't the store front cute?Upon entering the front doors, this is how you are greeted   See the black wall in the back? Behind that wall is the actual factory. You can walk up a ramp on the far right, take the self-guided tour and watch them make gummis!   At each window on the self-guided tour, you find a big yellow button and a monitor. Push the button and the monitor  comes to life with a segments of a cheesy narrative done by members of the Albanese's family. It was goofy but informative. We also learned, you can schedule a group tour, completely free, and they guide you through the factory. Did I mention there's free samples? See the white counters out in front of the black wall? All of them are topped with bin after bin after bin of...Gummi's![](/attachments/2009/06/25/07/28824_200906250757432.thumb.jpg)Roasted NutsDipped Chocolatesand Dipped Nuts  If you saw something that struck your fancy and you wanted to try it, just flag down one of the gals in an Albanese's t-shirt and she'll be happy to give you one to try   I could never work there. I came to the conclusion one has to have some sort of an eating disorder to work behind the counter at Albanese's. OK, maybe that's not the truth, but I can't think of any other possible answer. Ever girl and guy (all the guyz t-shirts said "eye candy" on the back. HA!) working the counter there were thin and trim, yet they all seemed to know what was most tasty in each category and all had their "favorite." Maybe they're all hyper thyroid?Prices were really good. When was the last time you got super tasty, moist, juicy gummi's for only $2.49 per pound? If you can't get to north-west Indiana, (according to our tour) Albanese's Gummi's can be found in some Wal-Mart stores. They also sell in Japan, New Zealand and other countries. OH! Annnnd they have an online store  There was also the gift room. See the brown pipe coming down from the ceiling? Wanna know why it's brown (behave yourself!)? Yep, it's running with chocolate Wonka style! They had all kinds of gifty items in there like t-shirts, mugs and picture frames. They'd basket up all your gifty items with your choices of Albanese's treats and shrink wrap it to go.Now that's a jawbreaker![](/attachments/2009/06/25/07/28824_200906250738245.thumb.jpg)The whole place was decorated "fun." If you look at the other interior pics, you'll notice brightly colored walls and displays along with giant flowers and butterflies every where. And this giant beehive and bees. I wish I had something for scale in this pic. Let me put it this way. Those bees were twice the size of your head--or the same size as your head if you have a giant ego  We didn't stay long, but, as you can see, Albanese's left quite an impression  Next stop, point east to the Potawamtomi Zoo...

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wow~my favorite !! heheh........
about 10 years ago
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hheeh........interesting !!
about 10 years ago
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Uh....yucko. Was never a fan of jawbreakers, big or small. Always had the thought in the back of my mind of someone choking on one of those things.
about 10 years ago
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I used to love Bit O' Honey candy bars. ;)
about 10 years ago
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Wow, that's a lot of candy =)
about 10 years ago
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Eons ago if you asked me, I would have salivated looking at the candy, for some reason when I went through these pics, the roasted nuts appealed to me the most. I wonder why that is :p
about 10 years ago
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:O How does one put something like that in their mouth? I could barely keep the big sized jawbreakers in my mouth without feeling awkward :O
about 10 years ago
Jrs 8c 1405439596528
When gummi bears first made it big back in the mid 1980's, my hubby was working for a local candy company as QC and R&D. He had to come up with their version of gummi candy for the factory. Needless to say there were lots of rejects that made it home for me to try! ::wink wink::
about 10 years ago
Jrs 8c 1405439596528
Wow...that's even bigger than the ones they sell at Disneyland!
about 10 years ago
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ohhhhhhh soooooo goood my weakness mainly worms but gummies are good too
about 10 years ago
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I worked in a candy store the summer between high school and college. Not only did we sell the candy, but we had to pack it, too. We were allowed to eat whatever we wanted out of the supply in the backroom. These were very good candies, especially the hand-dipped chocolates with caramel and nuts! The funny thing is that after a couple of weeks, you don't want to eat candy. I think it has to do with the smell. After you associate the smell of candy with going to work, somehow a lot of its appeal is gone. Also, when you are encouraged to eat as much candy as you want, there is no longer anything special about it. I always have good Belgian chocolate in my house now. Sometimes the candy goes stale before I can finish it. You learn pretty quickly when you want chocolate and when you want something else as a snack when you can have whatever you want. There are no forbidden foods in my house, therefore, the only thing I eat in excess is popcorn. I have my lovely whirly pop popper to thank for that. They are made in Indiana or Iowa or someplace like that. Lovely stovetop hand crank popcorn popper: it makes the best popcorn on the planet, especially when you pour freshly melted butter over it and top with super-fine popcorn salt. Yeah, I love it!
about 10 years ago
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i want some!!
about 10 years ago
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damn how does this fit in your mouth?
about 10 years ago
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Never even as a kid was I a fan of candy. Hershey/s chocolate bars were the exception. Always liked nuts. I could never even get into the game Candyland! But this kind of presentation could probably turn even the toughest of kids. Everything looks delectable and it looks like a fantasyland. I am sure you were majorly tempted but the kids must felt like they were dreaming. You guys are really fun parents.
about 10 years ago
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Correction: I also liked Pixy Stix Powered Candy Straws. Ice cream was my big treat.
about 10 years ago
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LOL!! I was wondering who was Miss Garmin!! HAHA!!!!! =X
about 10 years ago
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If I was to die 2morrow may my heaven please look and taste just like this!!!!!!!!! =D
about 10 years ago
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Yummy!
about 10 years ago
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more like a *head*breaker...
about 10 years ago
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me LIKEY!!!!!
about 10 years ago
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OH MY!!! what they tryin to do KILL kids?
about 10 years ago
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yummy yummy good to my tummy! WELCOME FAT!!!!
about 10 years ago
Yummy
@ Aisha: I was standing there at the candy counter, minding my own business, and one of the gals says, "would you like to try one?" and handed me a Melting Moment. It was a super smooth mint favored chocolate dipped in milk chocolate. It was soooooooo good! And it did literally melt away in my mouth. Mmmmmmm...
about 10 years ago
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*joy* Gummi's!!!
about 10 years ago
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Yikes!!
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Cool Candy Bar & Factory!!!
over 9 years ago

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