I Like You Choco-LOT

Wolf and Webb Realtors like to provide our clients personalized experiences where we not only work to help you sell or buy your home but also provide you ideas, suggestions and tips for the process and your time after. One way we provide tips is through our suggestions of things to do or ways to get involved in Lancaster County, this week we want to share with you more about Chocolate!

Not just any chocolate Wilbur buds chocolate! Founded in 1865 this fan favorite brand has been a Lancaster staple, and a staple for people all over the country and I would even say world! You can buy the chocolate at retailers in the United States and online through their site or mass sites like Amazon too!

Henry Oscar Wilbur’s manufacturing company is in Lititz! Every year millions of pounds of chocolate treats are created for all to enjoy. In 2016 the factory closed, after 125 years of chocolate making production needed an uptick in tools and speed. Cargill’s took over chocolate making in Mount Joy, another location in Lititz, Hazelton and two locations in Canada. If you go to the Wilbur Chocolate Factory in Lititz you can take the museum tour to learn the history of the company while also getting to see how the chocolate is made and antique tools that were used. 

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Wilbur does not just make buds but those are the most popular of the candies made which were introduced in 1893 and talk about a long history of tasty! The buds are named after flower buds because of the way they look and the mold used to create the chocolates are very similar to a real flower bud. Nowadays Wilbur Chocolate has a handful of products for patrons to enjoy. With the classic buds there are also chocolate covered fruits, nuts and more, cocoa, chocolate chips and even coffee!

While the taste of these sweet treats will clearly show you how this company has been a treasured treat of so many for such a long time another reason I think they are successful is the Cargill Cocoa Promise that they have. The company has a commitment to using and working with sustainable cocoa farming, focusing on community impact! A way to know that your purchase is helping communities is looking for the UTZ Certified logo or a marking that says The Cargill Cocoa Promise. When you buy a product like this you are helping sustain the cocoa farming. The Wilbur company works to provide the farmers with education and skills through training programs, schools for children, health care and nutritional guidance support for the Cocoa communities. 

While you can buy products online through Wilbur’s site, commercial sites and at some commercial stores I suggest going to the Wilbur Chocolate Retail Store to shop around. Located at 45 North Broad Street in Lititz. You can shop around Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm giving you so much time to peruse the chocolatey treats. Due to Covid the retail shop has changed their daily shopping to meet the guidelines and regulations while also giving multiple options for their patrons to shop comfortably from offering curbside pick-up, to 30 minute sanitizing shifts. When you are wanting to use the curbside option you can call ahead to order your treats so that they are ready for you when you pull up. Ready to take home your tasty treats and gifts? Sometimes stocking up during your shopping spree you will need to know how to properly store the chocolate so that it does not go to waste. Chocolate from Wilbur should be stored at temperatures around 65 degrees Farengeitte and not go over 70 degrees. If it does go to 70 degrees you may be reducing the shelf life of you goodies. If you are storing properly these treats could have a shelf life from nine to eighteen months depending on the products you picked up. 

If you are a baker or wanting to improve your baking skills Wilbur is a perfect stop for creating delicious chocolate treats. You can purchase products from the retail store that you can bake with such as cocoa butter bases and confectionery products. Check out their website section titled working with chocolate for all the tips and tricks you would need to make a delicious dessert for your next family birthday or backyard barbeque ! 

If you have never tried a chocolate treat from Wilbur let me tell you…you are missing out! Wilbur is a great gift idea for friends and loved ones too. If you have a friend or family member that is a new home buyer maybe you get them Wilbur coffee and a set of mugs or some buds with tulip buds for their garden. The options to mix and match these sweet treats with a home decor gift are millions. Or if you are looking for a day out and want to dive into another piece of Lancaster History head over to the old Wilbur Factory for a Museum tour, it will not disappoint. Seeing the history of chocolate making is truly fascinating. 

While the buds are a classic and come in milk, dark and semi-sweet flavors Wilbur has so much more to offer. A fan favorite are their English Toffee dipped chocolates, chocolate covered peanut butter ritz crackers, chocolate covered oreos and Lititz sweet/salty bark. What is your go to Wilbur order? 

Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties where you can enjoy delicious chocolate treats whenever your heart desires! You will love it here!

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Ice, Chili & Fire


It is our favorite time of year again…the annual Lititz Fire & Ice Festival would be right around the corner. What we typically look forward to and  know is a time with ice sculptures, great food, live fire show, breathtaking art, block party, an awesome chili competition and the Lititz Lions Carnival & vender fair. While the Lititz Fire & Ice Festival is not happening this year it will be back in February 2022. But that doesn’t go without some celebration this year! 

Though we will not have our favorite chili cookoff, fire show, carnival or block party festivities we WILL be able to experience the remarkable ice sculptures! Lititz Fire & Ice Festival is revamped to the Lititz Ice Walk for 2021. From February 12th until February 20th you can walk through the streets to see the sculptures. Each day more will be added so this does not have to be a one day walk you can go to Littiz multiple times to see what has been added! This is a great way to get the family outside and moving after the past few cold snow storms we have had while getting a taste of one of our favorite Lancaster County winter traditions. 

Venture Lititz has thought of everything making sure we are all kept safe, this event is all outside, there will be no live carvings, and people are required to be masked and stay socially distant. By adding extra days to the event this is a way they are working to help spread out the crowds as well. It truly is magnificent that during this time the committee and organizers thought to figure out a way for us all to have a little cheer and taste of our Lancaster! 

The ice sculptures will be located on North, South and Broad street. There are going to be twenty six ice sculptures put out on just one day! Then in the following days another fifteen sculptures and twenty two…that is over sixty plus ice sculptures to enjoy and truly marvel at.  What is wonderful is that like the Lititz Fire & Ice Festival the Lititz Ice Walk is also sponsored by local businesses and organizations. Some of the ice sculptures are in front of local shops and businesses. This is a great way to pop into the shops and get a valentine gift for someone you love or a birthday gift! Attending this event is a great way to support our local businesses while enjoying the artwork of so many! Consider getting a hot chocolate or order takeout for when you finish your walk for a great meal after with your family. 

So over the next few days plan a night, an afternoon or two or three to get over to downtown Lititz, you will not want to miss the incredible artwork of the ice sculptures or a little taste of our favorite festival. Bundle up with some warm clothing, look up some of the shops and local buisnesses that are sponsoring the event, check out some restuarant menus in Lititz and have yourself a day! Get out into the town and enjoy the fresh air while getting a piece of our favorite tradition and opportunity to help buisnesses in the local area by enjoying a treat or two and shopping for your loved ones. Thank you to all that worked so hard to bring us a version of our Lititz Fire & Ice Festival. We look forward to when we can all be back together enjoying the festivities like in years past! 

Thanks for checking out this week’s Lancaster Local Secret, did you know in Pennsylvania many call pickled vegetables Chow Chow? Have a great week! 

 Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties that could bring you to experience some Lancaster County Traditions yearly, seasonaly or monthly. You will love it here!

For more information on wonderful homes in Lancaster County call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit her website at www.WolfandWebb.com

Charming & Cool

What are the first words that come to mind when you think of a small town? Is it charming and cool? Well it should be, especially if you are talking about Lititz Pennsylvania, voted the Coolest Small Town in America. It is a borough within Lancaster County of just about 9 miles packed with things to do, places to see, rich history and days of fun! 

Lititz was founded in the 1700’s when Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf arrived from Germany, a bishop within the Moravian Church. During the Revolutionary War Lititz Pennsylvania became a space to provide medical attention and quarter sick or wounded soldiers, it is said that this was an order from George Washington during his time as the General. The soldiers worked with members of the Moravian Church because during that time that is who was still settled in Lititz. With such an interesting history the town of Lititz works to keep sharing this background through their annual Fourth of July celebrations. Talk about keeping history alive! Annually Lititz is known for their wonderful Fourth of July festivities, due to COVID this year was virtual but they were still able to bring pride, excitement and fun to the residents in Lititz. Hosting house decorating contests, baby parades, a national bell ringing with the mayor, Queen of Candles pageant, decorations, music, games and fireworks are just a few examples. This event is always a crowd pleaser and a wonderful way to see community within Lititz. 

While the history is magnificent in itself that is not the only reason Lititz won coolest town in America. In 2013, Lititz was voted the Coolest Small Town in America by Budget Travel readers. While their small town charm and history help them stand out, it is the day to day life that truly made them the easy vote. With wonderful restaurants, shops and events the winner couldn’t have been clearer. Let’s dive into some reasons why! 

Do you enjoy fine dining, quiet evenings, intimacy, music, and fun nights out with friends? That is a mix of atmospheres and venues but don’t worry, downtown Lititz provides all of this and you could find a restaurant to enjoy no matter your mood. Craving something sweet? You must check out Dosie Dough Bakery for a pastry, bread or other homemade baked goods. When you arrive you can’t help but have your mouth water. It smells like heaven! This is also a wonderful place to meet up with friends for a cup of coffee or a quick lunch, the perfect spot for a nice chat or to enjoy a book and some serenity on your own. After something sweet you always need something salty to even it out. Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery is the perfect spot to do that. Founded in 1861 as the first commercial pretzel bakery in America, it allows you to take a tour while enjoying a soft pretzel, hard pretzel, or one covered in chocolate! This is a fun way to spend your afternoon learning about the deep history of Lititz while enjoying a salty snack! Fine dining, brewing companies, and pubs as well as a wonderful farmers market are nestled in Lititz. As the months get colder you can continue to support locals by ordering take out from one of the many spots to find out which might be your favorite! 

While the dining could keep you busy during your time in Lititz there are wonderful shops and stores to meet your every need from jewelers to framers, book stores, antique shops and clothing boutiques. Aaron’s Books is a wonderful shop with new and used books to enjoy. The Mustard Seed Boutique has all locally made clothing and home goods – a wonderful way to buy thoughtful gifts for someone you care about. The town of Lititz offers wonderful ways to support local businesses and enjoy an array of cuisines and events that bring the community together. It may give you the itch to want to be a part of the community! 

Lititz Pennsylvania puts on multiple events each month and throughout the year aside from the Fourth of July festivities. A few of my favorites are Lititz Fire & Ice and Lititz Second Fridays. Second Fridays are literally just that, the second Friday of each month from 5:00pm until 9:00pm when you are given time to explore the town. Store owners and local merchants stay open later so you can enjoy the shops, art work, food, drinks and more! There is entertainment up and down the streets as well as inside and outside of shops. Sometimes you will see dancers or hear musicians! This is a great way to support local businesses and maybe get some Christmas shopping done in the beginning of December so be sure to mark your calendar! The Fire & Ice event is an annual free event over the course of 4 days in February. Throughout the four days you can participate in a chili cook-off, view breathtaking ice sculptures, witness ice-carving, view a fire show, enjoy music and a carnival! This is like a long weekend out of a Hallmark film, truly a way to stay in the holiday spirit and enjoy the end of the winter months (this year will be the 16th annual)! To stay up to date on all Lititz events follow Lititz Pennsylvania’s site.  

The small town charm you feel within Lititz is one of a kind. Full of great places to eat, wonderful events within the community and a rich history, Lititz is a place you will definitely want to add to your bucket list! Just over an hour outside of Philadelphia, it could be a day or weekend trip for you! Love your visit so much you want to experience the coolest town every day? Homes are for sale in and around Lititz – consider checking them out! Truly the Coolest Town in America!

 Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties that could bring you to experience the Coolest Town in America every day out your backdoor. You will love it here!
For more information on wonderful homes call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit her website at WolfandWebb.com