Sunday, April 4, 2010

Chocolate Molds

Enter the Wilbur Chocolate Factory in Lititz, PA and you will be enveloped in the divine smell of chocolate. The shelves hold dark chocolate buds, chocolate-dipped apricots and caramels enrobed in chocolate. I like to visit the charming museum in the back. Machinery clanks rhythmically, showing the process of chocolate making. My favorite parts are the glass cases full of vintage chocolate paraphernalia; beautifully designed boxes, tins, trade cards, and ceramic chocolate pots. Metal molds celebrate every holiday. Early on, Easter became entangled with the ancient springtime celebration of the goddess Oester. Rabbits and chicks represent fertility. Eggs are symbols of rebirth and everlasting life. It's something to think about while you bite the ears off that chocolate bunny.