Visiting Vermont Nut Free Chocolates

Posted on: Sun, 07/18/2004 - 2:00am
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My family is going to Connecticut this fall (I live in FL) and I am planning to drive up to VT to visit Vermont Nut Free Chocolates. I was hoping someone might be able to tell me what it is like. It is a 4 hour drive from CT and I want to be sure it is not just out of someone's garage. Humour me. Is there a store where my daughter can walk in a choose something (anything!) out of the counter. To walk into a candy shop and do that would be a first for her and, I am certain, a thrill.

Is it a factory? Big? Small? Is there much else to do around there? Can anyone recommend a place to stay over night?

Thanks for any input!!

Carolyn

Posted on: Sun, 07/18/2004 - 2:30am
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I didnt go in, but I did pass in front of it. (we made a huge unlawful u-turn, but it turns out it's closed on Sundays..)
At first glance, it did look like a garage. Not much to see. It's a small place, nothing like Ben & Jerry. I wouldn't drive 4 hours *only* for that. However, Vermont is a great place to spend a few days (even only 2, sleep somewhere, and drive back the next day). There's a lot of gorgeous nature, go horsebackriding, visit Shelburne farm, etc...

Posted on: Sun, 07/18/2004 - 6:52am
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I've been there. I don't know if I'd drive 4 hours to get there, though, since you can always order from them over the internet.
They're located on one of the Lake Champlain islands, which are popular bicycling destinations.
They have a smallish store, with a window through which you can see candy being made if you visit during the week. I visited on a Saturday, so I didn't get to watch.
The person working there that day was a very nice gentleman. The store had available pretty much all the candy you see on their website, plus some non-food items, such as Vermont souveniers and allergy-related items.
We felt it was well worth the half hour out of our way for us to drive there, but I can't say I'd recommend going on a 4 hour drive to get there, not when the goodies are available through other means.
Actually, the last time we did the Ben & Jerry's factory tour, they had a few Vermont Nut Free products for sale in their gift shop. Maybe you'd want to combine the trip to VT Nut Free with a visit to B&J's or some other tourist attraction. If you do go to B&J's, don't miss the Flavor Graveyard. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
--Debbie

Posted on: Sun, 07/18/2004 - 9:44am
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I am planning on going there to get Chris some hopefully fudge. He is dying for some good fudge and I am hoping to get it there for him along with other stuff.
They actually sell to a store close by from us and Chris had some of their candy before. it was great seeing him enjoying it.
Good luck to you and if i get there first I will try to get photos to send you.
Take care Claire

Posted on: Mon, 07/19/2004 - 1:47am
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Claire, I live in Saratoga county, where do they have VT nut free products?

Posted on: Sat, 07/24/2004 - 4:53pm
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I live in California but have travelled to Vermont TWICE to visit Vermont Nut Free Chocolates!
Yes, we order online for all holidays but to have me son be able to walk into a store and pick anything wants is priceless. Both trips we made a Vermont Vacation of but the chocolate store was the main reason for going. We've stayed at the Anchorage Inn in south Burlington on both trips. It's really the nicest we found for the price.
The Chocolate store is in the bottom half of a house with the chocolate manufacturing secton seperated by a wall and a window you can peek through. The store is small. Very small. But for a child who has never been able to walk into ANY chocolate or candy shop it is a little spot of heaven.
Make sure you call before you go. I know when they get really busy they close the shop to make room to package their internet orders.
I hope you have a great trip. If you drive all that way .. maybe stop by the ECHO center in Burlington. It's by the water and and fun place for kids.
Peace,
Christin

Posted on: Sat, 07/24/2004 - 10:04pm
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Katiesmom, we must be neighbors. The place that sells the Vermont Chocolates is the general store in Schuylerville. IF you call them they will tell you if they have any in stock. The The man at the store orders a certain amout at a time. I wonder if between you and I we could place an order with him of certain things we would want. He must have to spend a certain amount. He was telling me he doesn't order just one thing at a time.
Let me know if you decide to do anything like that. I would call him for information.
Take care CLaire

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