The weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day are a peak time for chocolatiers and candy makers in Kansas City, where employees have worked overtime to produce enough goods to meet a surge in demand.
Kansas Citians can witness the pre-Valentine’s Day rush through the windows at Annedore’s Fine Chocolates and André’s Confiserie Suisse. Or at Christopher Elbow Chocolates, where customers wait patiently in line to pick out pale pink boxes of jewel-like confections in flavors such as Butterscotch Bourbon and Passion Fruit Caramel.
At Kansas City-based Russell Stover Candies, one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the U.S., customers can’t get enough chocolate-covered strawberries. The three local stores — in Kansas City, Kan., Fairway and Merriam — sell around 50,000 of the seasonal treats this time of year.
Read more: Kansas City Star