National Mint Chocolate Day

by Anna Warner

Today is National Mint Chocolate Day, giving everyone a free pass to indulge in his or her food of choice. The Greensboro and Winston-Salem area is full of chocolate shops, events and deals if you are so inclined to break the chain of a proper diet and celebrate a day of indulgence.

The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Greensboro is offering Rocky Chocolate for $4.95 per quarter pound and truffles for $2.25 per piece. They provide a perfect, family-oriented environment, offering customers various items, such as yogurt bars.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is co-branded with Cold Stone Ice Cream, but Manager Sheryl Shoaff and her husband took over the location in Greensboro in December of 2012.

“I believe that we have more to offer than other chocolate shops in the area mainly because Rocky Chocolate is rare to find in North Carolina,” Shoaff said.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory also offers assorted box chocolates, caramel apples, gourmet chocolate bars, chocolate covered potato chips and chocolate dipped marshmallows. Prices range from under $10 to over $30.

Loco for Coco on Lawndale Drive caters to those in favor of an evening glass of wine by featuring their Wine Lover’s Collection, which is a selection of their best-selling dark chocolates. Prices are $17 for half a pound and $27 for a pound. For anyone sticking to their New Year’s diet, they have sugar-free truffles sold at $29.50 for a 24-piece box and $16.50 for a 12-piece box. Loco for Coco also builds their own Chocolate Towers — assorted boxes sold in four-box sets and eight-box sets. Price ranges from $31 to $95. These assortments include truffles, fudge, turtles, chocolate dipped mints and cherry cordials.

Kilwins, located in Thruway Shopping Center in Winston-Salem, is another chocolate shop that is family operated.

“My husband and I opened in December of 2012 and although the chocolate is made in Michigan, customers are guaranteed the same quality everywhere,” manager Mardie Worst said.

Kilwins gives customers an opportunity to save on their favorite treats with daily specials. Mondays are 20 percent off for seniors; Tuesdays are buy any caramel apple, get a plain one free; Wednesdays are buy one waffle cone, get one free; Thursdays are buy one slice of fudge, get one free; Fridays are buy one bag of salt water taffy, get one free; Saturdays are half price on cashew or peanut brittle; and Sundays feature free cake cone or sugar cone for kids under six years old.

“Our mint chocolate ice cream is the best, but we go beyond chocolate,” Worst said. “We have a much bigger selection in caramel apples and fudge.”

Mackinac Island Fudge is $8.99 per half pound. Kilwins also has a wide variety of sugar-free chocolates such as Milk Pecan Tuttles, Milk Caramels, Milk Chocolate Peanut Clusters and Milk Chocolate Pretzels. Prices range from $5.99-$12.99.

There are plenty of shops to satisfy your cocoa cravings, but Old Salem Museums and Gardens along with The Historic Division of Mars is taking chocolate to the books. On February 28, Old Salem will hold “An Evening of Chocolate-Dipped History” where you will learn about what goes great with chocolate, visit dessert stations, drink local beers and wine as well as enjoy live music from local musicians. Tickets are $40 per person and $30 for Friends of Old Salem.

Old Salem will also host another event on March 1. “Chocolate- Dipped History: Celebrating Coffee, Tea, and American Heritage Chocolate” will include an investigation of the value of chocolate, tea and coffee as well as demonstrate how it was historically used. Tickets will be sold $23 for adults and $11 for children ages six to 16.

From National Toothache Day to National Boy Scout Day, February brings along some sufficiently odd holidays. Some of these occasions may best left unknown. Nevertheless, today gives everyone an excuse to break their diet and stuff their faces with sugar-filled treats that will guarantee a full stomach and a gleefully chocolate-stained mouth. Don’t feel guilty, though; after all, it is a holiday. !