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The Valley’s beloved Candy Factory is making a bittersweet move. Here’s where and why

For more than 25 years, Frank Sheftel, his mother Gloria, father Mel, sister Debbie and cousin Jill Glass, have run the Candy Factory at 12508 West Magnolia Blvd. in Valley Village, selling chocolate bars, jelly beans, marshmallows and a large selection of candy making supplies.For decades, the store has been a go-to place for shoppers with a sweet tooth. Its owners created the famous “box of chocolates” for the movie “Forrest Gump.” Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley ordered custom...

I Am Local 6: The Chocolate Factory finds recipe for success

October 13, 2017GOLCONDA, IL – One business has been making life sweeter in southern Illinois for the past 40 years. The staff’s passion for creating fun and tasty sweets brings people to the Chocolate Factory from all around the country.Tucked inside Shawnee National Forest sits a southern Illinois staple. Staff work to mix, make and paint the sweet treats.“A little ghost coming out of the tower,” said Rebecca Brandon, showing off the intricate designs on a chocolate bar before...

Are the “Snozzberries” in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Referring to Male Genitalia?

Domenic V. asks: Is it true that the snozzberries in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory were dicks?Given the dark undercurrent of Roald Dahl’s works, perhaps it wouldn’t be surprising if his famous snozzberries mentioned in the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) made into the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), were, in fact, penises. (Although having such on a wallpaper intended for kids to lick would have safely moved the character of Wonka from “a little...

DNA: Making Bean-to-Bar Chocolate in a Chandler Backyard

A chocolate factory hums in a Chandler backyard. It's located just past a leaf-covered trampoline, in a guest house. The property and chocolate operation belong to Denae Hostetler. Denae crafts chocolate the hard way. She sells that chocolate under the DNA Chocolate label. Her stuff makes the competition taste like candle wax. Denae’s chocolate operation takes place in a kitchen, tiny living room, and large closet.She spends 12 hours a day making chocolate. Because she has to look after her...