Walking into a chocolate factory you are immediately met with the sweet aroma of chocolate. You can also expect your taste buds to do a happy dance as you sample the delectable delights. But visiting the chocolate factory at Highland Chocolates in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania is different. It will make your heart happy.
This little chocolate factory located on the historic and picturesque Route 6 in Tioga County has been making delicious chocolates since 1994. More importantly, Highland Chocolates has been making lives better for those in the community with intellectual disabilities. Owned by Partners in Progress, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Highland Chocolates employs 19 individuals with various intellectual developmental disabilities.
Factory tours are free but donations are welcome. You can expect to be greeted by a long time employee like Michael Morgan. Having worked for Highland Chocolates for 10 years, Michael knows everything there is to know about the equipment in the factory, he has even named a few pieces like Willy Wonka – a large chocolate mixer. Michael will introduce you to each person working the line and explain each job. He is an absolute delight and will happily pass out high fives to anyone who can guess the correct answers to his quizzes.
Each employee at Highland works diligently at his or her assigned tasks. They are also delighted to demonstrate their skills to visitors. Popular candies include chocolate covered Oreos, chocolate covered almonds, and fudge. They are also hundreds of molds for specialty chocolates with numerous themes including sports, transportation and holidays. Highland’s also offers customized molds with corporate or individual logos as well as gift baskets.
Two of the most popular candies at Highland Chocolates are chocolate covered pretzels and pretzel bark. The pretzels are donated by Herr’s, a Pennsylvania based pretzel company. One young lady is responsible for sorting broken pretzels from whole pretzels. The whole pretzels are covered with dark, milk or white chocolate. The broken pretzels become part of the pretzel bark – also available in dark, milk or white chocolate. Highland Chocolates are available online and can be shipped to most United States destinations.
Roberta has been with Highland Chocolates for over 17 years and is responsible for making the popular pretzel bark. She takes great pride in her work and will happily share her techniques with visitors. Michael is also very proud of Roberta’s work. As he says, “Roberta is a keeper.” Actually, everyone at Highland Chocolates is a keeper. Chocolate is on almost everyone’s shopping list at some point. Why not order from Highland Chocolates and help with this heartwarming cause?