We had a nice time in Daytona, even if it was hot and humid. Heck, it was June 2017, so we weren’t surprised, lol. One of the things we did on one of the hotter days was taking a tour of Angell and Phelps Chocolate Factory. Since we have done the Hammonds Candies tour here in CO, and the Jelly Belly Candy Tour in CA, we figured it would be similar. Surprisingly it was quite different. However, I did find it interesting that Hammonds also started in the 1920s.
They started out in 1925 and have definitely expanded the number of items they sell today. It was a pretty busy day when we got there, but they were moving people along. Even though we were early for our tour, there was another group behind us. It moved pretty fast, and the tour isn’t that long really.
We had a great tour guide named Candace. She was very nice and cracked a few jokes as she explained some history of the Angell and Phelps Chocolate Factory, as well as how it got its name. She also shared some of their most popular items purchased. The only one I can remember is the Honey Bee, but I think the potato chip was also a high seller. I actually looked up some of their more well-known specialties and listed them below. Some of them are quite creative and very Floridian. 🙂
Milk Chocolate Shells
Chocolate Covered Oreos
Chocolate Shaped Motorcycles
Chocolate Covered Bacon
Chocolate Covered Twinkies
Milk Chocolate Covered Gummy Bears
Chocolate Covered Raisins
Chocolate Covered Almonds
Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans
Chocolate Bridge Mix
Chocolate Covered Peanuts
Chocolate Covered Potato Chips
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Chocolate Covered Popcorn
Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods
Chocolate Race Cars
Chocolate Mini Gator
Chocolate Palm Tree
Chocolate Star Fish
Chocolate Sand Dollar
Daytona Beach Sandbag
Chocolate Flip Flop Pop
White Chocolate Egg
Happy Birthday Bar
White Chocolate Conch Shell
White Chocolate Playing Cards
Anyway, the tour is actually along a long hall with huge windows where you can see different parts of the kitchen and different items being made. It was really interesting, and we actually saw the owner dipping pretzel rods. That is him on the left in the picture below, behind those amazing chocolate-dipped apples!
I really liked the area where they were actually moving the chocolate along a conveyor belt getting ready to be packaged. The reason I love it is because of the huge banner of Lucy and Ethel when they were working at Kramer’s Candy Kitchen for the day. One of the best episodes ever, Anyway, I won’t go on and on about the I Love Lucy episode, but it definitely caught my interest. 🙂 If you love Lucy too, check out my post on our visit to the Desliu Museum in her hometown of Jamestown, NY.
The other thing that caught our attention was that they make chocolate-covered bacon. Yes, you read that right. Crazy huh? Well at the end of the tour we were able to sample a couple of items and of course, that was on both of our lists. It was ok, but I really enjoyed the mint fudge I bought after the tour. It was so creamy and good. I wish I had brought home more, but probably good I didn’t. lol. We could have gone crazy shopping in the store, as they had so many incredible products.
Everyone at Angell and Phelps was so nice and answered any questions we had. Gene actually asked them if they had any 90% cacao beans he could try. Candace was more than happy to let us try some, even though she thought we were crazy to try that instead of another sample. lol. Let’s just say, it was interesting, but I was ready for the extra sample she offered us afterward, lol. It was quite bitter but was cool to have tried it in the raw before it is made into chocolate.
Here is a link to their website with more information. However, here is some basic information. If you are in Daytona, make sure to add the Angell and Phelps Chocolate Factory tour to your itinerary.
Angell and Phelps Chocolate Factory Visitor Information
154 South Beach Street
Daytona Beach Florida 32114
Monday – Saturday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- FREE chocolate samples are given at the end of every factory tour!
- Each guided tour lasts approximately 20 minutes
- Factory tours are wheelchair and stroller accessible
- If your group is larger than 15 people, please call (800) 969-2634 to make a reservation. All others are welcome to any of their six convenient tour times
I-95 North or South- Merge onto W International Speedway Blvd./US-92 East via Exit 261. Follow sign for Daytona Beach/Airport. Continue east for approximately 5.5 miles to the intersection of International Speedway Blvd. and Beach Street. Turn right on Beach Street and Angell & Phelps will be one block on your right. If you reach Magnolia Ave you have passed us!
Atlantic Ave/Hwy A1A North or South – Follow Atlantic Ave/Hwy A1A to the intersection of Atlantic and International Speedway Blvd. Turn West onto International Speedway Blvd and cross the bridge. At the end of the bridge turn left onto Beach Street and Angell & Phelps will be one block on your right. If you reach Magnolia Ave you have passed us!
Parking is free and additional parking is located behind the building.
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