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:
Albanese's Candy FactoryMy 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'sRoasted 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 jawbreakerThe 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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