FORT WAYNE — Most people know at least one chocoholic. Maybe that chocoholic is you.
Even the mild chocolate lovers would appreciate a journey just down the road to Fort Wayne for a tour of the famous DeBrand Fine Chocolates factory.
DeBrand Fine Chocolates was founded in 1987 by artisan chocolatier, Cathy Brand. The name DeBrand came from adding the French prefix “de” (meaning “of” or “from”) to her last name “Brand.”
Brand grew up in a family known for their successful confectionary business; she began making chocolates at the young age of 8 and went on to study the art extensively throughout the countries of Canada, Europe and the US.
With four retail shops, a kitchen, corporate office and mail-order business, DeBrand quickly became one of the largest chocolate brands around. The chocolate tours are just one of the many draws that bring people of all ages to walk through the doors.
Tours begin with a 15-minute video in the DeBrand Private Party Room, where groups are then led one at a time to begin the tour. A tour guide informs the crowd about the delicate chocolate-making process, as the artisans create the hand-made confections behind a glass window. The tour ends in one of the three elegant chocolate shops, giving you the opportunity to order any one of their famous chocolates, DeBrand desserts or drinks.
DeBrand Fine Chocolates has a variety of renowned chocolates and ice cream to sample as you walk through the halls of the factory. You will also learn about the various processes to making their one-of-a-kind treats and watch the chocolatiers in action. It is truly a unique experience anyone will enjoy.
Located on Auburn Park Drive, the factory tour costs $5 per person, with a $5-off certificate good toward any purchase of $10 or more that day in the Chocolate Shoppe. DeBrand open tours are available 10 a.m. Tuesdays and 1 p.m. Thursdays year-round for individuals and small groups of less than 12 with no reservation required. Private tours are available only for groups of 12 or more and must be scheduled ahead of time at
or (260) 969-8335.
For more information on the DeBrand Fine Chocolate Company and products, visit www.debrand.com.