During this Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 12 to 14, Fascia’s Chocolates, Inc., one of “Connecticut’s Best Chocolates”, will celebrate their new factory and retail store at 44 Chase River Road in Waterbury with Grand Opening festivities from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. Festivities will include free samplings of Fascia’s gourmet hand-made chocolates, Fascia’s new Italian gelatos and sorbets; factory tours including the unique opportunity to “Make Your Own Chocolate Bar”; music between 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday with the Willie Nininger Band and on Sunday with the Marty Q Band; “The Magic of Peter James” Sunday between 12:30 and 2:00 p.m.; raffles daily; appearances by Miss Greater Waterbury Scholarship titleholders; and more.
Fascia’s Chocolates is the only chocolate maker in Connecticut to offer the unique opportunity to “Make Your Own Chocolate Bar”. Destined to become a highly-distinctive year-round, family-fun destination, Fascia’s Chocolates offers the 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 Italian gelato flavors made with authentic Italian ingredients and locally-sourced milk, plus sorbets, both perfect complements to their high-quality gourmet chocolates.
Among the Grand Opening raffle prizes will be the opportunity to win a highly-valuable “Golden Anniversary Prize Certificate” (GAP). The Fascia family has created 50 GAPs in honor of their year-long 50th Anniversary celebration which they will launch during their Grand Opening celebration.
Winners of Fascia’s GAP certificates will receive 1 lb. of Fascia's Classic Assortment, the opportunity to be "Honorary Chocolatier 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, “We look forward to welcoming the Golden Anniversary Prize winners to work at Fascia’s for one day and be as involved as they desire. They can help us make chocolate, use our equipment, and do the work of everyday packaging plus, of course, be our ‘Main Taster for the Day’.”
Grand Opening factory tours will be held between 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, Sunday, October 13, and Monday, October 14. Fees for the factory tours are $5/person, and $10/person for factory tour plus the opportunity to ‘Make Your Own Chocolate Bar’.
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 Cakery 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 their new retail store created with a Mediterranean café style ambiance. The main entrance features a fascinating collection of previously-used chocolate-making molds and memorabilia that includes newspaper articles and photographs that span the past five decades of the family’s notable success as renowned chocolate makers.
Beginning October 19, year-round tours of Fascia’s factory will be offered 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. Reservations are not necessary, but recommended.
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 Facebook and following them on Twitter (#FasciasChoc) to take advantage of special discounts and coupons. Fascia’s also participates in AAA’s Partner program and offers special ‘partner’ rates.