Today (Wednesday 20th of March) we explored the area, leaving the caravan in Ariah Park. (CAW6, NSW #965) We headed east to Temora, the capital of the shire that encompasses Ariah Park. Once again a lovely country town. We filled up our gas bottle – fairly reasonably priced at $23.94.
We headed south and stopped in Junee to have a look around. Many interesting buildings caught my eye. The railway station, still in use, certainly is an outstanding building in beautiful condition. (Lesley’s photo)
A different hotel
We obviously looked like tourists, taking pictures of everything. This is a photo of a statue of Ray Warren and myself (not a statue…) taken by Lesley. Not that I knew who he is or would care. Apparently he is a rugby league commentator born in Junee.
Anyhow – a local asked us whether we were looking for the Licorice and Chocolate factory. No we are not – we try to avoid anything tempting… Well the guy didn’t think we should miss the factory. ‘Even if you are not into Licorice or Chocolate – they have great lunches there.’ That sold us – off we go to the factory.
Licorice is a herb that has been used for a long long time. It is the root that is used for the licorice as we know it. They have a few plants growing in the gardens.
Of course the factory promotes the benefits of the Licorice Plant.
I am not so sure the benefits outweigh the amount of sugar and flour used in the production of Licorice. Anyhow I enjoyed the samples that we were given in our tour.
And back to some photos inside the factory. Smaller production quantities are processed in these coppers. Here they coat a variety of cores with Belgian Chocolate:
- Coffee Beans
We taste tested the chocolate coated Licorice and Almonds. Both were delicious. I congratulate myself on my willpower not to buy additional supplies. Although they claim they are all healthy, I don’t think the sugar would do me much good.
For larger productions (like for Coles and Woolworths) a different machine is used.
Click on the photo to watch a short video of the coating of Licorice with Belgian Chocolate.
I was glad, the local had convinced us to go to visit the Licorice and Chocolate factory. I really enjoyed learning more about licorice and chocolate and although a bit touristy, it was well worthwhile.
We returned to Ariah Park and found a lot more vans had arrived. All told there will be 10 vans/motorhomes/campertrailers tonight compared with the two last night.
This was a perfect end to an other beautiful day on the road.