Did you even know such a think existed? Well, if you were to take a trip to St. Stephens, New Brunswick during the first week of August you would get to experience it. This event is officially becoming on my list of to-dos. This town is the home of the infamous Ganong Brothers Chocolate factory where the delicious and creatively named treats are made. Chocolate Fest is a week long celebration that includes a chocolate tea party, factory tours, a chocolate mud run, picnics, Sundae on a Monday, Treasure Hunt Challenge, Create Your Own Chocolates, and many other fun community events. I am told there are hot pink martinis inspired by the signature chicken bone treat.
I was attending an event a few weeks ago, where there was wine, diet coke for me, and chocolates set up around the room. Not one to turn down chocolate, ever, I meandered the room to try them all. I searched the boxes flavor diagram, in order to avoid anything scary, and aim for the caramel or mint pieces which are my usual favorites. I saw a chocolate labeled “Chicken Bone” and became concerned. After trying beef jerky chocolate in chicago, I was not sure if this was an interesting name or in fact actual chicken bones inside.
It turns out that a Chicken Bone is in fact a bright pink candy with chocolate inside. It has a cinnamon taste and it turns out they are a classic. I had seen them before, but never noticed the name.
SO, after talking with some of the people running the show at Ganong Brothers, I am really excited to share what I cool company I think they are.
- Gangong Brothers is a family owned and operated company, going back 5 generations to the original brothers who started it.
- They are Canadian owned at operated. But they aren’t allowed to say that its a Canadian product, because some ingredients aren’t available in Canada (cocoa beans? pineapple? those things don’t grow in this climate).
- They use all natural coloring and flavoring. For the fruit candies, they had to eliminate the green lime, because there isn’t a green coloring that can be found naturally.
- The package for the chicken bones has a scanner code, which takes you to the Youtube video of how the chicken bone is made. You can also see it HERE.