Geneva might still be the suburbs' Mecca for sweets, but St. Charles is making some headway with the Dec. 6 opening of Chicago Turtle Factory at 10 S. Riverside Ave. — that’s south of the Starbucks and in the Arcada Theatre building.
Gibson Thrikki is the proprietor of the family business — his brother Joby was working Tuesday evening when St. Charles Patch stopped buy to purchase some turtles for a birthday.
Joby was eager to help customers stopping in on Tuesday — polite, professional and knowledgable about the assorted candies. The turtles — large enough that they easily can cover the palm of an adult hand — are coated in Belgian milk chocolate.
Then there are the chocolate-covered raisins. If you ever tried Nestle’s Raisinets at the movie theater, consider these a step up — Chicago Turtle Factory’s chocolate-covered raisins dwarf the competition in size and in taste.
But there are far more chocolate-covered confections than could be listed here, not to mention the array of other non-chocolate candies.
Then there’s the popcorn — cheese popcorn, carmel, Chicago-style mix, strawberry, and chocolate — the walls are lined with small and large tubs of the tasty treat.
And it’s all service with a smile.
Chicago Turtle Factory, 10 S. Riverside Ave., is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., weekdays and weekends, and has a Chicago Turtle Factory page on Facebook, too.