Fascia’s Chocolates, Inc., named one of “Connecticut’s Best Chocolates”, will host a full weekend of festivities to mark the Grand Opening of their new factory and retail store at 44 Chase River Road in Waterbury. During the 2013 Columbus Day holiday weekend, October 12, 13 and 14, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m., the Fascia family, creators and owners of Fascia's Chocolates for 50 years, will welcome Grand Opening revelers to their new 12,500 square foot chocolate factory. Festivities will include factory tours; free samplings of Fascia’s gourmet hand-made chocolates and their newly-introduced gelatos and sorbets; live music between 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday with the Willie Nininger Band of Southbury and on Sunday with the Marty Q Band of Waterbury; “The Magic of Peter James” Sunday between 12:30 and 2:00 p.m.; raffles daily; appearances by Miss Greater Waterbury Scholarship title holders; the official introduction of their “Golden Anniversary Prize” certificates; and more.
Fascia’s Chocolates offers the unprecedented opportunity in Connecticut for visitors to make-their-own-chocolate bars during factory tours. With the ambition of being a distinctive year-round, family-fun destination, they offer this uncommon hands-on opportunity for visitors to actually make-their-own chocolate bars plus add toppings of their choice. Fascia’s also offers their very own gelato flavors made with authentic Italian ingredients and locally-sourced milk, plus sorbets, both perfect complements to their high-quality gourmet chocolates.
During the Grand Opening, Fascia’s Chocolates will officially introduce their “Golden Anniversary Prize” (GAP) gift certificates. The Fascia family has created 50 GAPs in honor of their year-long 50th Anniversary celebration which they will officially launch during their Grand Opening weekend festivities. Daily raffles will also be held during the Grand Opening weekend for a variety of prizes, including the highly-valuable “Golden Anniversary Prize” certificates.
Winners of Fascia’s “Golden Anniversary Prize Certificates” will receive 1 lb. of Fascia's Classic Assortment, the opportunity to be "Honorary Chocolate and Official Taster” for a day at Fascia's new factory, plus the chance to win 1 of 7 Grand Prizes at Fascia's Anniversary Party in September 2014. Fascia’s Chocolates President Carmen Romeo stated, “As Honorary Chocolates, all GAP winners will be welcomed to work in our new factory for one day and be as involved as they desire. They can help us make chocolates, use our equipment, and do the work of everyday packaging. And, of course, we would expect them to be our ‘Main Taster for the Day’ while they are here with us.”
Grand Opening festivities and factory tours will be held between 12 noon and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, Sunday, October 13, and Monday, October 14, Columbus Day. Fees for the factory tours are $5/person, and $10/person for factory tour plus the opportunity to ‘make-your-own chocolate bar’. Reservations are not required, but are recommended.
Founded in 1964 by John and Helen Fascia, the family-owned Fascia’s Chocolates was named “Best Chocolates in Connecticut” by Connecticut magazine in 2012. In September 2013 they opened their own building at 44 Chase River Road in Waterbury located immediately off Route 8 North at Exit 36, just two minutes from I-84. Their new factory and retail store also houses Lynne’s Chocolate Cakey offering freshly-baked goods and cupcakes that include fresh whipped crème cupcakes, truffle cupcakes, peanut butter cupcakes and many more delicious cupcakes.
Fascia’s Chocolates’ new location features an outdoor patio with picnic tables outside their new retail store created with a Mediterranean café style ambiance. The main entrance of Fascia’s Chocolate Factory features a fascinating collection of previously-used chocolate-making molds and Fascia’s Chocolates’ memorabilia that includes newspaper articles and photographs that span the past five decades of the family’s notable success as renowned chocolate makers.
Educating visitors on how chocolate is produced is a focus of Fascia’s factory tours. Through a large window, visitors can view Fascia’s 3,500 square foot production room to obtain a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at every stage of hand-made gourmet chocolate production. “To enhance their observation,” explained Romeo, “we have live cameras looking onto the factory floor for ‘up-close’ viewings of production activities. Visitors can also view our video and photographic descriptions of the various stages of how chocolate products are produced. In addition to the engaging and educational features of the tour, visitors can also choose the unique experience of making their own chocolate bar with toppings. Once their bar has cooled, they will place their bar into a wrapper, seal it, and put on their own seal ‘Made by Me at Fascia’s Chocolates’.”
Ongoing tours will be offered at Fascia’s Chocolate Factory beginning October 19th on Saturdays at 12 noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. and Sundays 1 and 3 p.m. Fascia’s retail store is open year-round from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 12 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The store and factory are closed Mondays except between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
For updated “behind-the-scenes” tour schedules, and to make online reservations, visit www.fasciaschocolates.com. For more information, and to make phone reservations, call 203-753-0515. Fascia’s also recommends ‘liking’ them on Face book and following them on Twitter (#Fascias Choc) to take advantage of special discounts and coupons. Fascia’s also participates in AAA’s Partner program and offers special ‘partner’ rates.