For over 40 years, the Root family has been making chocolates to gift to their friends and colleagues at Christmastime. Everyone in the RRPG office looks forward to the day Bill brings in these sweet treats to share. We each get a box to take home to our families - assuming we don't eat them all on the ride home! 😉
The Root Family Chocolate Factory is a certainly a sight to behold!
Bill's mother, June Root, originally started the tradition to make chocolates for her friends. Once Bill and his brothers were married, their wives learned the craft from June and the candy making expanded.
Over the years, they've added to their candy making team with more friends and family and now host the annual event every November to make this famous chocolate candy in preparation for the holiday season.
The process starts each year with the purchase of 90 pounds of milk chocolate and dark chocolate.
Weekend and weeknights are scheduled to make maple, cherry, and mint fondants, along with caramels and nut crunch for dipping. They chip the chocolate into small pieces so it can be easily melted and prepared for dipping.
The candy is sorted and placed on large sheets that are stored in cabinets that were custom built by Bill's father specifically for this purpose.
Then the wrapping begins!
Each delicious bite is wrapped and boxed in preparation for delivery to family and friends in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
This wonderful tradition is a labor of love that brings the Root family together at Christmastime to make sweet gifts for their friends.