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Tuesday, 23 July, 2013 11:05 PM

Take Your Family on a Free Tour of the Sanders Chocolate Factory

PHOTO BY JEROME RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.COM

Sanders Candy is located at 23770 Hall Road (M-59) in Clinton Township, Mich.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

 

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CLINTON TWP., Mich. -- Now this is my cup of tea--A visit to the Sanders Chocolate factory. What a magical place where happiness is created on a daily basis.

Sanders Chocolates was first opened by Fred Sanders on June 17, 1875. There were more than 57 stores in the Great Lakes Region alone. He sold candy, fudge toppings, baked goods, light lunches, along with desserts at fountain counters including ice cream sodas, sundaes and hot fudge cream puffs.

Sanders was one of the first companies in Detroit to use electric motors to run equipment. Fred Sanders hired Henry Ford to work on these motors when they broke down, even before Ford started Ford Motor Company.

In 1919, Ervin and Julie Morley opened a small shop and restaurant on the east side of Detroit. It was a very popular place, especially when it came to desserts. In fact, the candy counter took the spotlight and the restaurant became known among chocolate lovers as "Morley's Sweet Shop." Ervin and Julie used copper kettles and cooked small batches to ensure the finest possible confections from every recipe.

In 2002, Morley Candy Makers purchased the Sanders name and recipes to add to its own tradition. Today Morley Chocolate is home to the World Famous Sanders brand. The tradition continues using quality ingredients and original recipes in their award-winning recipes.

The Sanders factory is located at 23770 Hall Road in Clinton Twp., MI and offers free tours. The journey begins with a 15-minute video of the story of chocolate, how chocolate is made and how Sanders and Morley got their start right here in Detroit. Following the video, you get to sample some chocolate candy, then walk through the observation hallway behind a glass pane window with a tour guide. Photos and video of the factory were not allowed. My mouth stared to water seeing thousands of candies on the conveyer belt.

The tour ended with a visit to the Candy Shop where you can purchase these delectable confections. I loved the tour and would definitely recommend it.

Free tours are available Monday through Friday excluding holidays. The factory is open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Call for reservations at 800-682-2760 ext. 2218.

 

Some interesting facts:

  1. Sanders uses over 1.2 million pounds of chocolate per year.
  2. Their hot fudge dessert topping is shipped all over the country. They produce 12,000 pounds per shift.
  3. There can be over 40,000 pounds of melted chocolate flowing through the factory at any given time.
  4. Sanders confections are sold in Costco, Bed Bath and Beyond, Laurel Park Mall and Twelve Oaks Mall, just to name a few

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PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.COM

Morley Chocolate Factory is the home of Sanders Fine Chocolates

 

PHOTO BY JEROME RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.COM

Candy shop entrance

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.COM

The factory is open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. weekdays.

 

PHOTO BY JEROME RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.COM

Sanders gift boxes

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.COM

Morley Candy was founded in 1919.

 

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