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Kansas City Is A Delicious Destination For Chocolate Lovers

When traveling we sample an amazing variety of sweets, but one place keeps us coming back for more; Kansas City. KC may be famous for its great BBQ and Jazz, Chocolate Lovers will find Kansas City offers a delicious selection of treats to enjoy. Whether its Valentine's or just time to tame your sweet tooth, you'll enjoy sampling some of Kansas City's best Chocolate! From the biggest name in boxed chocolates to a designer of edible art, here’s a look at several candy makers who call Kansas City their home sweet home.

Russell Stover Candies - Russell Stover Candies is one of the most recognizable names in the candy business. In fact, the company is the third-largest chocolate manufacturer in America and the largest producer of boxed and sugar-free chocolate. When it comes to Valentine’ Day, the Russell Stover name is on seven of the 10 bestselling heart-shaped chocolate boxes in America.

The company originally opened in 1923 as Mrs. Stover’s Bungalow Candies in Denver. A year later the Stovers opened five stores in Denver, along with shops in Kansas City, St. Louis, Omaha and Lincoln, Neb. With their business rapidly expanding, the Stovers opened their first factory in Kansas City in 1928. And finally in 1932, Russell Stover relocated its entire company operations to KC. The company then changed its name to Russell Stover Candies in 1943 and continued to expand throughout the nation.

Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolate - Gourmet chocolate with touches of Spanish saffron, French lavender and fresh rosemary is only the start of what you’ll find at Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolate. His whimsical designs, use of color and creative flavors will surprise and delight even the most experienced of chocoholics. Just ask Food & Wine; last year the magazine referred to Elbow’s “No. 6 Dark Rocks” as its favorite chocolate bar in America. Elbow was born and raised in the Kansas City area.

After an early career as a pasty chef in many four-star restaurants in Kansas City and Las Vegas, Elbow started his own chocolate business in 2003. His company specializes in uniquely flavored and designed, handmade chocolates and truffles using 100% single-bean chocolate from Venezuela. His goal: create some of the most uniquely styled and flavored chocolates that you will ever experience. You’ll find Elbow’s artistic creations at the company’s two retail stores, 1819 McGee Street in Kansas City, and at 401 Hayes Street in San Francisco, as well as Dean and Deluca, Halls Kansas City and fine-chocolate retailers nationwide.

Cherry Mash - The third-oldest candy bar in the United States, the Cherry Mash, is produced in nearby St. Joseph, Mo., by the Chase Candy Company. The Cherry Mash is made of crushed maraschino cherries covered with peanuts and chocolate, and has been a smash in the Midwest since 1918. It is also the bestselling candy bar of its kind in the nation according to the company.

The Chase Candy Company was founded in 1876 by George Washington Chase, a St. Joseph doctor looking to make some extra cash by producing candy on the side. The almost immediate success of his company soon forced the entire Chase family into the candy business. Through the years, the company has made a variety of candy including Mallo Milk, Tween Meals and Chasenut Bars. Today, the Chase Candy Company makes peanut brittle and coconut candies, but their most famous product is still the Cherry Mash. The bar is available for purchase primarily at major Midwest retailers.

André’s Confiserie Suisse - Step into André’s Confiserie Suisse and you will feel as if you have been transported to an old European sweets shop. And that was just the intention of Chef André Bollier. André opened his first confectionary shop in Kansas City in 1955, shortly after operating a store and pastry shop in his native Switzerland. André’s high-end, preservative-free traditional sweets, unique cakes, marshmallow balls, goodies and (of course) chocolate have earned the company significant respect in the chocolate world.

André’s now operates three locations: one in Denver and two in the metro: 5108 Main Street in Kansas City, Mo., and 4929 W. 119th Street in Overland Park, Kan. Both Kansas City locations offer a tea room that serves traditional Swiss lunches. While you’re visiting, be sure to check out the Kansas City landmarks gift pack—a tasty collection of 12 foil-wrapped chocolates, each imprinted with the design of a local icon, such as the Country Club Plaza, Liberty Memorial and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

By Leroy Worley

Getting There:

To discover more savory destinations to enjoy as well as all the festive events, attractions, and getaway options for your trip visit the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association at www.VisitKC.com.

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About The Author

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