David A.Ganong Chocolate Park - St. Stephen, NB
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N 45° 11.547 W 067° 16.699
19T E 635239 N 5005771
Quick Description: Chocolate Park lies along the south side of Milltown Boulevard for about a city block, surrounded by a black wrought iron fence. The park was established in 1999 on land donated to the town by Irving Oil.
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
Date Posted: 5/13/2018 4:00:47 PM
Waymark Code: WMY965
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
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Long Description:
The entrance to the park, near the centre of the fence, is marked by a tall freestanding black clock, dedicated to the citizens of St. Stephen by the St. Stephen Rotary club to commemorate the centennial of Rotary International. Beyond the clock is a paved walkway lined with benches, surrounded with large grassed areas and large but not yet mature trees. Toward the rear of the park are a couple of large raised planters surrounded with brick, holding flowering annuals and one large tree in each. To one corner is a children's playground. The park continues down to the waterfront, passing a small kiddies' spray park.

The park's name comes from "Canada's oldest independently family owned and operated chocolate company", Ganong Chocolates. Ganong was established in St. Stephen in 1873 and since that time St. Stephen has come to be known as Canada's chocolate town. See a bit of Ganong's history below.
Ganong Chocolates

Established in 1873, Ganong has the distinction of being Canada’s oldest independently family owned and operated chocolate company, manufacturing all its products in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. On June 5th 1873, two brothers James and Gilbert (G.W) Ganong founded Ganong Bros., Limited in St. Stephen New Brunswick.

Ganong was the first to imprint their hand-dipped chocolates on the bottom by use of embossed celluloid pads, patented by Gilbert Ganong. Each pad is covered with the stamp: ‘GB Ganong’s’. Gilbert Ganong purchased the first Lozenge machine from Europe. Chris Laubman was Ganong’s original lozenge candy-maker. Ganong was the first in Canada to make lollipops and suckers using a butcher’s wooden skewers. In 1917, Arthur Ganong became President of Ganong Bros., Limited. Arthur was President for 40 years and was famous for eating 2-3 pounds of chocolate every day.

Invented by Ganong maker Ed Bosein in 1920, the Pal-o-Mine is one of the oldest continuously produced candy bar in North America. Two pieces of rich fudge centres enrobed with premium dark chocolate and bits of peanuts. The name Pal-o-Mine evokes a sense of loyalty, of a man's best friend faithfulness, the kind that passes from one generation to the next.

One day a courtly Englishman named Vivien Mansell stopped by the Ganong Chocolate Factory. Mansell owned a printing plant in London that produced decorative scenes. He told Ganong’s that his plant printed a special gold colour that would not tarnish with age. Mansell’s second visit presented Ganong with a gold print featuring a gold coach and horses. This became the iconic symbol on Delecto boxes and lasted for more than 50 years.

In 1984 Ganong and the community of St. Stephen launched Chocolate Fest, a unique festival held annually the first week of August in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. In 1990 Ganong moved into its new factory located on One Chocolate Drive, St. Stephen New Brunswick. In 1999 the Chocolate Museum opens its doors for all to explore the wonders of Chocolate and history of Ganong.

In 2013, in Celebration of its 140th anniversary, Ganong launches new heritage designs of the Delecto boxed chocolates and re-introduced traditional favourites: Maraschino Cherries and Peppermint Creams.
From Ganong Chocolates
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Name: David A.Ganong Chocolate Park

Street Location: 59 Milltown Blvd Saint Stephen, NB Canada E3L 1G4

Local Municipality: Town of Saint Stephen

State/Province, etc.: New Brunswick

Country: Canada

Web Site: [Web Link]

Memorial/Commemoration: Rotary Centennial

Date Established: 1999

Picnic Facilities: Picnic shelter

Recreational Facilities:
Children's Playground

Ponds/Lakes/Streams/Rivers/Beach: St. Croix River, no beach

Monuments/Statues: Not listed

Art (murals/sculpture, etc.): Not listed

Fountains: Not listed

Special Events: Not listed

Traditional Geocaches: Not listed

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