One of the tallest chocolate fountains in America can be found at The Candy Basket Factory Outlet store not too far from where I live. The twenty-one foot fountain is beat by the twenty-six foot three inch chocolate fountain found at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, but is still a pretty impressive, yet sight to behold. Apparently 2700 pounds of chocolate flow through it every day!
There is a sign that says: “Please do not eat our chocolate cascade, we have samples available.” Yeah. The chocolate is recirculated and has been going round and round for years. So I’m sure it’s pretty disgusting. And the samples are delicious, so just go get one at the counter to tide over your chocolate cravings while you look around.
The shop is done up in red, white and black and has a 60’s candy shop feel to it. Quintessentially cute.
There’s an ‘Oops’ section where they put the less than perfect candy creations for a discounted price. I couldn’t even see any flaws in them, but someone in quality control must have, so out they went to the discounted ‘Oops’ section.
There’s also plenty of non-oops candy to buy as well. Including big foot paws and non-candy cute little stuffed critters, as well, for cute gift ideas.
The Candy Basket is right off of Highway 84 so it’s an easy stop from driving if you’re taking a trip to or from The Gorge. So if you’re in the area, it’s worth a stop. I can’t believe I’ve driven by it so many times and never went in until last week.
They used to do tours but now you can just see the chocolate fountain and the cute little shop. I’m bummed I missed going on a tour, but in my mind I’d expect it to be like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – complete with Oompa Loompas. In reality, it would probably be just a boring tour with a behind the scenes look at how the chocolates are made by normal ordinary people, minus the Oompa Loompas and all the Willy Wonka magic. Probably better to just keep the tour in my imagination so as not to spoil it with the reality.