Columbus, OH Tuesday June 5, 2007
What an unusual day today was. We had planned on going to the rose garden, one of the largest municipal rose gardens in the US, but heard it might rain. So we changed plans and went on a binge tour.
The binge included a trip to a candy factory, an ice cream factory then on to dinner at an Amish restaurant.
Not many photos today, we were too busy eating.
We left about noon and first went to the candy factory. A local mom and pop operation that is famous in the Columbus area. Actually, it is one of the largest family-owned candy making facilities in the US. It has been past down from generation to generation having been established in 1952. Four generations of Zanetos candy makers have contributed to the company's success. Today, Anthony-Thomas makes millions of pounds of candy every year. Each piece is made fresh daily, always in the best of taste. Besides making candy for their 14 local retail outlets, they also have a fund-raising division and contract-manufacturing division. They are one of the largest family-owned and operated candy companies in the mid-west and now employ over 200 people and produce an average of 50,000 pounds of chocolate on two shifts daily.
They make many different fine chocolate candies with various cream centers, plain bars both milk and dark chocolate and the famous Buckeye candies ever so popular here in Columbus. Almost everything is done by hand with very little mechanization. At the end of the tour they give you a Buckeye to enjoy. I remarked that we eat Buckeyes for lunch. Our tour guide remarked that you Gators would. The name of the candy factory and signature brand name is Anthony-Thomas. They sell their candies in local stores.
We sampled some other candies then purchased additional candies in case we got hungry later.
Next stop was the locally family owned ice cream factory, Graeter’s, touted as Columbus’ best ice cream! We agree with this statement. This too is a business that has been handed down from generation to generation having been established in 1870. Since its founding in 1870 by Louis C. Graeter, Graeter's French Pot Ice Cream handmade chocolate confections and fresh baked goods have become traditions in Columbus. Again, most things are done by hand, very little mechanization. The ice cream is made in 2 gallon batches in machines very similar to what you might use at home to make hand cranked ice cream. This process creates a very dense ice cream without entrapping air. They claim other large ice cream factories trap as much as 50% air in the final product.
We, of course, enjoyed some of their product.
Note our attire, we all wore long pants and long sleeves or sweaters. Today was rather cool 74 degrees and breezy. Even without the U of F shirts the locals new we were not from here. The temperature is to drop to the mid 40’s tonight.
We took a breather and walked off some of our nourishment in a mall, Tuttle Crossings.
Well at least some of us walked while others took a nap.
We had to kill some time before dinner. Dinner was Northwest of Columbus out in the farm country in a place named Plain City. Here we arrived at an Amish restaurant, Der Dutchman. The food was typical Amish, lots of it and delicious.
One of these days we need to plan a fast and exercise day.