Tasting Tour: Waterbury, Vermont

31 Mar

Finish off a weekend of skiing or hiking in Vermont with a couple hours of snacking! My family and I made our way along Route 100, from Waterbury Center south towards the I-89. Here’s where to stop for delicious treats.

Cold Hollow Cider Mill

1. Cold Hollow Cider Mill – taste fresh non-alcoholic cider, apple sauce, preserves, and apple butter. Watch dollups of batter drop into a conveyer and into a fryer, coming out as fresh cider donuts – the cider makes them light and airy, with a hint of apple flavour.  Purchase apple pies, or eat hot dogs steamed in cider. The Cider Mill also carries a wide variety of Vermont products – maple syrup, baking products and bakeware, sauces, condiments, and souvenirs.

cider donuts

2. Apple Core Gift Shop and the Grand View Winery – it’s right across the parking lot from the Cider Mill. For a small fee, you can taste some local wines. You’ll also find ornaments, jewelry, t-shirts, and funky socks.

IMAG08173. Cabot Annex Store – this place is a cheese lover’s paradise: a long table in the centre of the store is lined with cheeses to sample while sitting on “cow” barstools complete with pink udders. Cubes of Colby, sharp cheddars, jalapeno cheddar, and Munster are just waiting to be savored! There are fancy cheese boards and knives for purchase, and less fancy cheese shakers for sprinkling on  popcorn. You’ll also find Vermont maple syrup in many flavours, Surrounding the syrup sampling tables you’ll find kids smacking their lips in delight. Other goodies include Vermont fruit wines, almond butters, locally made cheesecakes, and artisan crackers.

4. Lake Champlain Chocolates – this chocolate haven has a few yummy samples on a long counter displaying beautiful, individual chocolates. We sampled the Green Mountain (fruit and nut) chocolate from the “Chocolates of Vermont” collection – it is a heavenly bite of crunchy almonds in  smooth milk chocolate. You’ll find factory seconds at a discount, in addition to the regular priced boxed chocolates that line the shop walls. There’s fudge, ice cream, and drinking chocolate as well, to enjoy on the spot, or to take home in the form of a canister of chocolate mix powder.

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IMAG08245. Ben & Jerry’s – You can tour the factory, but since there is no production on weekends, we skipped the tour and perused the gift shop instead. You’ll find vintage ice cream scoops on display, and cool knick knacks like a fake cup of “spilled” ice cream. Panels line the walls, illustrating the company’s history and highlighting their social mission. Then, we indulged in ice cream. Too bad the calorie count is shown beside each menu item… portions are huge, and even a small cup is plenty for two people to share!

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Ben and Jerry's

From Ben & Jerry’s you’re just a minute away from I-89, with tummys full and ready for the next destination.

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