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A highlight for many attendees, RCI takes education to the next level through exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours. Gain a new perspective of your craft from fellow candy makers and chocolatiers sure to inspire ideas to take home to your own retail shop.



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Hauser Chocolatier
Westerly, RI 
 
It was the love of chocolate and the artistry of confectionery that led Swiss-born, master chocolatier, Ruedi Hauser Sr. and his wife Lucille to establish Hauser Chocolatier in 1983. Previously the Hausers operated their own pastry shop, catering company and a cooking school. Chocolate was always a part of their business and their lives. Their passion for chocolate was passed along to their son, Rudi Jr., also a certified master chocolatier, who joined the business in 1985. When Rudi Jr. became president in 2002, the business began to focus on private label manufacturing and acquisitions, causing them to quickly outgrow their facility. Tour the expanded factory where Hauser’s Chocolatier creates exceptional, hand-finished fresh cream truffles and other distinctive gourmet chocolate delights.

   













Munson's Chocolates
Bolton, CT - RCI Member
 

With little more than a dream, Ben and Josephine Munson set out to build a business to reflect their commitment to quality and service in 1946. Today, Munson’s Chocolates represents a third-generation candy family and Connecticut’s largest retail confectioner. The Munson’s consider themselves a consumer-obsessed small-batch chocolatier, serving chocolate lovers through retail, ecommerce, wholesale, corporate gifts and fund raising. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit their recently remodeled retail store and watch Munson’s craft some of their signature confections on a guided tour of their production facility.

   














Sweenor's Chocolates, Inc.
Wakefield, RI

The sweet legacy of Sweenor’s Chocolates began when Walter Sweenor’s father worked as a candy maker in the early 1900s. Walter learned the trade from his father, but went to college to pursue a career as a high school teacher. Looking to earn extra money during World War II, Walter started making candy in his basement kitchen with his grandmother, aunt and father. Together they opened the first retail store in 1955. Three and four generations later, this family business is still making quality confections and is the largest chocolate confectioner in Rhode Island. Come tour their facility and see how they make some of their favorite confections.

   


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Fascia's Chocolates
Waterbury, CT - RCI Member

After building a successful business for over 40 years, Fascia’s Chocolates was forced to move their store front into an industrial park in 2008. Against the odds, the family business continued to adapt and thrive by wholesaling their confections to supplement retail sales and hosting small events to draw people to their store. After moving to a larger facility in 2013, Fascia’s Chocolates has become a tourist destination attracting thousands of visitors seeking their chocolates and unique tours.

   










Thompson Chocolate
Meriden, CT - RCI Member
 
One of America’s first chocolatiers, William H. Thompson opened his first candy shop in 1879. Today, Thompson Chocolate produces more than 2 million pounds of chocolate annually, just blocks away from where the company was established. From chocolate Easter bunnies to chocolate cigars celebrating babies’ arrivals, Thompson Chocolate supplies a wide variety of moulded chocolates to retailers and distributors. While touring their 120,000 square-foot chocolate factory and retail store, attendees will experience large-scale production from chocolate moulding to wrapping and packaging.

   

Chocolate Decadence Tour

Board a 1920s-era passenger train to experience a special wine and chocolate pairing while touring beautiful Naugatuck Valley, presented by Fascia's Chocolates in collaboration with Connecticut vineyards and the Railroad Museum of New England.

   
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