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Take a look at the kitchens and the candy making of Long Grove Confectionery in Buffalo Grove. Using 150,000 pounds of Blommer chocolate for Valentine's Day, the company filled their shop in historic Long Grove, offering a wide array of gifts.

Melting away the mysteries behind chocolate

by Tara S. Kerpelman
Feb 12, 2009

Research shows that chocolate can be good for you: The darker it is, the more flavonoids it contains and these chemicals pack helpful, healing antioxidants.

But making chocolate is an art as well as a science. Look behind the scenes at the Long Grove Confectionery to discover how chocolate evolves into colorful and tempting designs. From a team brainstorming ideas to a sculptor creating the molds, there's more to making chocolate than the taste. Using industrial machines to mix, heat, cool and coat the candies, the confectionary creates a range of seasonal gifts and shares some secrets from the kitchens.