(BUFFALO, N.Y) – Finally…the opportunity to fulfill the dream of a lifetime! Experience what it’s like to see the inside of a chocolate factory, and support a great cause at the same time. Fowler’s Chocolates invites the public to come and watch sponge candy and other treats being made, and to and meet the Fowler’s team, many in festive costumed attire.
Fowler’s has once again selected Boys & Girls Club of the Northtowns as this years sponsored non-profit. Boys & Girls of the Northtowns is a local nonprofit that for over 75 years has been providing after school programming to youth ages 6-18 in Buffalo, the Town of Tonawanda and Cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. All 12 of their clubs provide quality programming for more than 3,000 boys and girls in the areas of character and leadership development; educational enhancement; career preparation; health and life skills; the arts; and sports, fitness and recreation. Each day they also provide hot meals to their kids.
"We are honored and grateful to be the recipients for this year Fowler’s Annual Factory Tour. This is such a wonderful opportunity for the community, and even our Bigs and Littles, to get an inside look at a Western New York favorite,” shared Thomas Guagliardo, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County. “For us, the sweetest thing about the event is that the funds raised will help to match several children with a caring Big Brother or Big Sister mentor!”
“Boys & Girls Club of Northtowns does great work for our community and our youth, we are thrilled to support such a strong and vibrant organization, shared Ted Marks, owner of Fowler’s. “We are looking forward to meeting many of the Boys & Girls Club Members at the tour and watching them enjoy the day together”.
Mark your calendars with one of two (2) factory tour dates. Doors open on Saturday, October 12 and again on Monday, October 14, running hourly from 9:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Fowler’s factory, located at 100 River Rock Drive, Buffalo 14207. Last year’s tour welcomed more than 2,500 guests, so buy your ticket in advance, to be sure to get a spot!
This year marks the 17th Anniversary of this once-a-year family event. To date, Fowler’s has donated nearly $35,000 to local charities from the tours’ proceeds. Tours are self-guided and conclude at the factory store. All of Fowler’s renowned chocolate treats, including Sponge Candy, Truffaloes® and Sea Salt Caramels, are available for purchase and discounted 10% during the tours.
Fowler’s representatives will be onsite to answer questions about the candy making process, and of course, offer samples to try as well. Guests who provide email addresses are entered to win prizes, drawn in hourly raffles.
Tickets are $5.00 pre-sale and $6.00 the day of and at the door. Pre-sale tickets are available on Fowler’s Chocolates website at www.fowlerschocolates.com/factory-tour-ticket. Tour guests should bring their printed receipt as proof of purchase. Fowler’s also accepts a Smartphone picture of the receipt.
About Fowler’s Chocolates
Dating back to 1901 when Joseph A. Fowler operated a sweets and confections stand outside the Pan American Exposition, Fowler’s Chocolates has been a staple in Buffalo’s food culture ever since. Fowler’s Chocolates operates seven area locations, including its newest at HARBORCENTER, and its delectable specialties are also available for purchase online and at select retail outlets.
Throughout its 105-year history, the company has grown both in reach and size, boosting its sales locally, nationally and internationally through its retail stores as well as its e-commerce website.
Fowler’s has operated out of its River Rock Drive factory since 1994. Advancements in technology and production have allowed the company to transition from a seasonal maker of Sponge Candy to a year-round production facility making more than 35,000 pounds of Sponge Candy annually.
For more information, visit www.fowlerschocolates.com.
About Boys & Girls Club of Northtowns
For over 75 years The Northtowns Boys & Girls Clubs have been providing afterschool programming to youth ages 6-18 in Buffalo, the Town of Tonawanda and Cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. All 12 of our clubs provide quality programming for more than 3,000 boys and girls in the areas of character and leadership development; educational enhancement; career preparation; health and life skills; the arts; and sports, fitness and recreation. Each day our kids are provided with hot meals.
To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. http://www.bgcnt.net/ or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Heading into late March, Fowler's Chocolates Inc. owner Ted Marks had a decision to make.
The fourth-generation candy maker was heading into one of his top events of the year, the Easter season. As a food manufacturer, his business was deemed essential, meaning he was allowed to continue producing.