and decorative tiles.
|Can you imaging marrying one of those iron mantels with one of these sets of tiles for, I don't know, a kitchen fireplace ?|
There were also garden urns and planters
|Are these elevated planters? How neat is that!?!|
So we moved on to Frankfurt Kentucky where we found a small chocolate candy making factory tour. Leave it to us to find chocolate! As an aside, do you know what the capitol of Kentucky is? Louisville? Nope. Bowling Green? Nope. Frankfurt? Yes, Frankfurt. As we are driving to the factory tour, this magnificent capitol building appears . . .
OK, back to chocolate . . .
The name of the 'factory' was Rebecca Ruth. This was a small, family run business in what appeared to be a tiny village house. Rebecca Ruth is famous for bourbon balls. After all, they invented them (didn't you know). They cook the candy center, and after it is done cooking, they mix bourbon into it. This way the alcohol in the bourbon is not cooked off. You can buy them in milk or dark chocolate and they use three types of bourbon. You choose your type of bourbon ball depending upon your personal bourbon preference.
The tour took us into the candy center making room (which was not in use during our tour). They have been making candy centers on the same heating element for the last 90 years! They make candy the old fashioned way, in a copper kettle. The candy centers then go through the enrobing process which adds milk or dark chocolate under and on top of them. I did have a lot of questions. Questions like "How do you switch the enrober from milk to dark chocolate?", "Where is your chocolate from?", "Do you mix different types of chocolate?", "Where can I get factory seconds?". I mean at one point during the tour, our guide told us that Ruth and Rebecca were famous for the 'taste' of their chocolate (this was before the bourbon ball invention).
What I was able to find out is that they do not make their own chocolate. So tell me, how can a chocolate maker be famous for the taste of their chocolate if they do not make the chocolate? I could not get ANY information from our guide other than "I don't know". She could have at least hedged and said that she could not anwer my question because the answer is a trade secret, or she could tell me but then she would have to kill me. Give me something other than I don't know! Honestly, not the best tour guide!
We did get a sampling of the bourbon balls after the tour and they were ok ~ if you like bourbon (they burned my throat!). We did purchase a sampling of the other types of chocolates, and they were good. Due to the summer weather, we had to eat them relatively quickly, so they wouldn't melt or spoil in the car. No problem.