Tips for Visiting the Chocolate Trail in Richmond, Indiana

Chocolate lovers of all ages will love The Chocolate Trail in Richmond, IN. It has 15 stops offering free chocolate samples or gifts so it’s a great place for travelers with a sweet tooth.

During your road trip, you can enjoy a sweet treat and discover antique shops and other interesting bits of history.

The Chocolate Trail in Richmond Indiana

Thanks again to Visit Richmond Indiana for hosting my visit.

How Does the Chocolate Trail in Richmond, Indiana Work?

The chocolate trail takes you on an adventure in Richmond and Wayne County with stops at 12 local businesses featuring a chocolate theme in various forms.

To receive FREE chocolate samples you must present a Chocolate Trail Passport and be present with your passport. (One sample per person, per passport. No passport, no free samples.)

The Old National Road Welcome Center Richmond Indiana

Where Can You Get a Chocolate Trail Passport?

The Old National Road Welcome Center
5701 National Road E. (U.S. 40), Richmond, IN  47374

Monday – Saturday 8:30 am – 5 pm

If you don’t visit during operating hours there is a 24-hour information foyer with passports inside.

You can pick up a Chocolate Trail Passport at The Old National Welcome Center. Obviously, this should be your first stop.

I always recommend visiting a welcome center when you visit a destination because the visitor’s bureau staff and volunteers are a wealth of knowledge.

They can help with suggestions for the best places to eat and activities that each family member will enjoy.

*Keep in mind the sample/ free offerings by the businesses can change each year.

Olympian tile outside Sweet Blessings

Pro Tip -Strategize Your Stops on the Richmond Chocolate Trail in Richmond, Indiana

Realistically, you probably won’t tackle all the stops on the free chocolate trail in one visit… but you could have fun trying.

My friend and I visited most… but not all…which is probably good because some of the stops on the Chocolate Trail will give you a generous full portion size.

If you want to visit lots of stops on the Chocolate Trail during your visit I would recommend writing down the hours of each location and viewing them on the map.

Richmond’s Historic Depot District has a few stops on the Chocolate Trail that you can visit between shopping and visiting restaurants nearby like the Firehouse BBQ and Blues.

The Map for The Chocolate Trail in Richmond, IN

Use this map of the Chocolate Trail to strategize your stops.

Downtown Richmond Indiana

Sample and Support Local Businesses

You can enjoy tasty treats AND support the local businesses you visit by purchasing additional items after you receive your complimentary sample.

I also love to learn what they are known for and the story behind their passion for their small-town business. Many small businesses downtown also reside inside a historic building.

chocolate at Abbott's Candies

Chocolate and Sweet Stops on the Chocolate Trail Passport

Samples on the Chocolate Trail can include chocolate ice cream, chocolate candy, a cookie, a brownie, or even a non-chocolate (but chocolate-themed) gift.

entrance to Abbott's Candies

Abbott’s Candies

48 E Walnut St, Hagerstown, IN 

Established in 1890, Abbott’s Candies is the oldest candy shop in Indiana. Their chocolate gismos chocolate cremes, and almond butter toffee are very popular.

Gismos at Abbott's Chocolates

Abbott’s Candies is known for its handmade caramels, shipped throughout the United States.

vintage photos at Abbott's Candies

Visitors to Abbott’s Candies are welcome to watch candy making, during production hours, through the glass windows for viewing.

Tours of Abbott’s Candy Factory are available by appointment only for small to large groups.

chocolate trail passport at Fountain Acres

Fountain Acres

1140 Whitewater Rd, Fountain City, IN

This Amish Store has a little bit of everything. You’ll want to wander the aisles after you get your chocolate ice cream sample.

buggy tracks ice cream at Fountain Acres

“Buggy Tracks” is a fun flavor to try.

This Amish store carries fresh produce and anything you could find in a grocery store. I’ve been told that their deli sandwiches are wonderful in the summer too.

cinnamon swirl bread at Fountain Acres

I also recommend buying a loaf of cinnamon swirl bread for French toast when you get home.

chocolate ice cream at Ullery's Homemade Ice Cream

Ullery’s Homemade Ice Cream

168 Fort Wayne Ave, Richmond, IN

This ice cream shop is a fourth-generation family-run business started by the grandfather who would sell his ice cream at festivals and fairs. You can still find their ice cream sold at 20-25 Indiana and Ohio events annually.

Thankfully you don’t have to wait for a festival because you can visit their ice cream parlor in Richmond’s Depot District year-round.

Soaring scoop sampler at Ullery's Homemade Ice Cream

I highly recommend upgrading to the “Soaring Scoop Sampler,” which is an ice cream flight that allows you to try your choice of 4 different flavors in a small glass or homemade mini waffle cone bowl.

How cute are those mini waffle bowls??!!

cookie and brownie at Sweet Blessings on the Chocolate trail

Sweet Blessings Bakery

625 E Main St, Richmond, IN

thumbprints at Bistro Bakery

After you try your chocolate sample, I recommend trying one of their thumbprint cookies made the old-fashioned way. It’s available in pecan, plain, or seasonal flavors.

There is a wide assortment of sweet treats including a variety of delicious-looking cookies and homemade coffee cakes. If you have an appetite for lunch, check out their bistro menu offerings.

outside of Lisa's Cakes Richmond Indiana

Lisa Cakes

414 N 10th St, Richmond, IN

Lisa Cakes is located in a building where you visit multiple businesses all under one roof.

Brownies at Lisa's Cakes Richmond Indiana

I highly recommend trying the chocolate brownie with peanut butter frosting. It is so good!

Little Shebba's Richmond Indiana

Little Sheba’s Restaurant

175 Fort Wayne Ave, Richmond, IN

little brownie with a cherry at Little Shebba's Richmond Indiana

You can enjoy a child-size Sheba Signature Trail brownie at Little Sheba’s Restaurant.

Sheba Burger and homemade pasta salad

I recommend planning for Little Sheba’s to be one of your lunch or dinner stops. You can’t go wrong with the Sheba burger and their house-made pasta salad.

fudge at Quiet Harmony Ranch

Chocolate Trail Stops Near the Indiana/ Ohio Border

Two locations on The Chocolate Trail are a short drive from the border of Indiana and Ohio.

elk at Quiet Harmony Ranch

Quiet Harmony Ranch

10684 Morrison-Mikesell Rd, New Paris, OH

At Quiet Harmony Ranch, you can enjoy a large piece of fudge, buy a toy elk in the gift shop, and admire the elk outside.

gift shop at Quiet Harmony Ranch

In the winter the gift shop is still open. Check out the additional adventures available with the elk in the summer months.

Today’s Harvest

 5859 St, Rte 320, New Paris, OH 

Today’s Harvest is a short drive from Quiet Harmony Ranch offering samples of a chocolate donut, chocolate iced donut, or ice cream with chocolate.

World's Largest Candle at Warm Glow Candle Outlet Store

Non-Chocolate Stops on the Chocolate Trail Passport

Warm Glow Candle Outlet

2131 N Centerville Rd, Centerville, IN

votive candle at Warm Glow Candle Outlet Store

Guests can browse the Warm Glow Candles and receive a free votive candle at the home of the largest candle.

candles at Warm Glow Candle Outlet Store

Throughout the store, you’ll find a large selection of hand-dipped candles in a variety of colors and fragrances.

Nelsonville star bricks at the entrance to Warm glow Candle outlet

I was also happy to discover Nelsonville star bricks at the entrance of the Warm Glow Candle Outlet. I first learned about the unique bricks during a visit to Nelsonville, Ohio.

You can also find the bricks in front of a few stores in downtown Richmond.

senior opportunities craft shop

SOS Craft Shop

401 S. 4th St., Richmond, IN

“A busy senior is a healthy senior.” This shop helps give seniors a purpose and a way to earn additional income using their gifts and talents.

hand crafted gift on the chocolate trail at senior opportunities craft shop

Chocolate Trail patrons who visit the SOS craft shop will be treated to a special handmade gift created by a senior.

The craft shop sells handmade items created by local seniors who sell items on consignment.

friend and Nedra McDaniel

A Few More Chocolate Trail Stops Around Richmond, IN

We made it to most of the Chocolate Trail stops in 2.5 days between stops at other area attractions. Here are a few more businesses on the Chocolate Trail that we’ll cross off during our next visit.

Cafe Neo – 1598 N, IN-1, Cambridge City, IN

(Free 3 piece Ghiradelli Chocolate Loukoumades (donuts) and a small drip coffee)

Building 125 -125 W Main St, Cambridge City, IN

(Sample a Chocolate-covered cherry)

The Village Forager -624 E. Main Street, Centerville, IN

(One sample of Ghyslain chocolate or chocolate scent soap sample)

A.R. Winery -3564 Gordon-Landis Rd, Arcanum, OH

(Free sample of chocolate with a purchased sample of their Blueberry wine)

Model T Ford Museum

Additional Things to Do in Richmond, Indiana

There is so much to do in Richmond, Indiana, beyond the Chocolate Trail.

The Best Things to Do in Richmond Indiana (1 hr+ from Cincinnati)

chocolate at Abbott's Candies

Save on Your Stay with a Chocolate Package

You can save on your stay while visiting the Chocolate Trail with getaway Chocolate Packages offered by local hotels, some of which have an indoor pool, cottages, cabins, and bed and breakfasts. You’ll find plenty of reasons to extend your day trip to an overnight stay!

Patrons of the Chocolate Packages receive a chocolate treat in addition to, the free treat on the Chocolate Trail.

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1 thought on “Tips for Visiting the Chocolate Trail in Richmond, Indiana”

  1. Hi Nendra,

    I am a huge chocolate lover, and so is my sister. I remember for our birthdays in childhood we use to ask for a chocolate day and so much fun. This trail looks amazing, and I think it will be a great experience for me and my sister. I am so glad that you shared this. I have been thinking about planning a good experience for her birthday this year, and this trail looks like the perfect option.

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