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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Trip To Dewar;s Candy and Ice Cream Shop, and a Giveaway!

Yesterday we took a tour of Dewar's Ice Cream and Candy Shop, located at 1120 Eye Street in Bakersfield, CA. It was a big hit with the kids. It is easy to book a tour. All you need to do is call (info on the website), and know how many adults and children are going. The staff are all really nice, and our tour guide was perfect for talking to the kids. He didn't dumb anything down, and was very patient with our group.
After donning hairnets (lovely!!!) we went to see how they make their famous chews. See the brown log in the middle of the white taffy? It's the peanut butter filling, and it weighs 50 pounds. One of those logs with the taffy will make between 4000-4500 chews. Our guide said that during the Christmas season, which starts in October, they will make 50 logs every other day.
The chews are delicious! The white taffy part isn't like salt water taffy. I find it to be more smooth and easier to eat. We all got a chew fresh out of the cutting and wrapping machine. After we saw the -10 degree cooler where they keep the ice cream and ice milk (difference: ice milk has less fat but seven times the sugar content...) we saw a guy making the ice cream. It's August, and the guy was wearing a sweatshirt with a hood over his head. He was mixing in peppermint pieces and Oreo cookies for the two different types of creamy, delicious, delectable, and de-LIGHT-ful ice cream. (Any one else seen the Ice Cream episode of "The Upside Down Show?" Schmice Schmeam, Schmuck... Ha!) At the end of the tour we each had a huge scoop of ice cream. So good! I have taken my kids as young as 3 months, and obviously she didn't really participate... but as a two year old she had fun. I would suggest an age of 2 years on up to dead, because really, any age would love this tour. The candy shop part is not wheelchair accesible, that I could tell. Not having a wheelchair myself, I'm judging this from the difficulty of the stroller ladies. Call and double check that if that is a concern for you.
Tours are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10:30am. Call ahead. The cost is $4.00 a person, which includes the tour, a chew sample (more if you can answer questions!), a coupon for $1.00 of your next visit, and a huge scoop of ice cream!
And, because I've been living in an RV for almost 5 full years, and because I'm trying not to go crazy in the process, I have decided to do a giveaway! I love giveaways! (Because I like free stuff!)
To the lucky winner, I will send two 12 ounce boxes of Dewar's Chews to your house, via Dewar's. You pick the two flavors. See their website for flavor options, although as a personal recommendation I'd just go with the almond or peanut butter. So good!
To enter, leave a comment. Say anything. Like, I love Dewar's! Or, Why are you still blogging? (A question I've been asking myself lately.) Or, I think you are nuts, but I still want to win some candy!
Just don't ask me when my house will be done.
Comments open until Friday at midnight. Winner will be announced sometime Saturday.


  1. I'd do almost anything for a piece of candy! When we were building our house, I was close to getting out the 22 every time someone asked when we would be finished. How you are blogging and going on tours in the middle of building a house is beyond me. Blessings to you and your lovely children.

  2. I like places like that and I think that all the kinds like them too. That is one of the most fascinating places, when you're a kid, you know.