Gwen Fowler



Conway Chocolate Walk was a sweet stroll

Posted 2/13/2012 8:23:00 AM

Think of it as Trick or Treating for grownups. The Conway Chocolate Walk gives you a sweet reason to stroll through the pretty downtown: About 30 shops and restaurants have a chocolate treat waiting for you.

The second-annual event, which was held last week, is sponsored by Conway Downtown Alive, a non-profit group that encourages historic preservation and promotes the vitality of downtown Conway.

At the first stop, those who bought $10 tickets were given a bag to take some of their chocolate home for later. No way could you eat it all during the walk.

I started at the Bodega, a shop on Main Street that carries everything for the cook, including a number of South Carolina-made food products. There, a chocolate from a fountain was paired with fresh strawberries, cookies, pretzels and marshmallows.

Master baker Barbara Whitley, one of the owners of Crady’s Restaurant and Bakery, is one of the best known people for sweet treats in Conway. On Saturday, she was serving dark chocolate and white chocolate cake pops, along with delicious mini raspberry cakes.

Tammy and Randy Skipper opened Skip’s Grill & Chill Oct. 1, and it’s a cute '50s-style restaurant. On Saturday, several employees were giving out candy bags while Tammy Skipper greeted visitors.

Michelle and Gary Easton aren’t in a Conway shop yet, but they’ll be opening Fudge Buckets on Main Street around March 1. They were giving out samples of their fudge from a sunny sidewalk spot.

Not all of the chocolate was edible. At the Spa on Main, visitors were washing their hands with a chocolate scrub that smelled good enough to eat.

At one of my favorite restaurants, Rivertown Bistro, visitors were treated to a chocolate tart topped with a cherry and Tonka-bean topping. And I didn’t make it to Copper’s Restaurant, but there was an entire chocolate buffet there.

The most unusual chocolate treat of the day had to be the chocolate-dipped Cheese Puffs at Gypsy Boutique. Sweet!