After tinkering with the time capsule at Mt. Vesuvius, scientific explorers unleashed a flood of chocolate lava stored away by a mischievous child. Savor the fruit of this ancient prank with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of store-made sweets at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, located within the Southlands Mall in Aurora.
Peek across the counter at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory's resident chocolatiers, who massage creamy loafs of chocolate on sturdy marble slabs daily. For additional culinary theatrics, feel free to cheer on the expert orchard orderlies as they dip Granny Smiths into thick, bubbling caramel from a traditional copper kettle. Caramel apples range from classically simple ($3.99) to loaded with toppings ($6.99), accommodating different degrees of decadence more tastefully than a pair of convertible mink pants. If you're in the mood for poppable sweets, snag a pound of chocolate-dipped strawberries ($17.99), or strip away the core and go straight for the score with freshly fangled fudges ($6.60 for a half-pound).
With traditional techniques and old-fashioned flavors, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory provides a wide range of treats for teeth both sweet and savory. In the interest of making the most of your stop through, the shop will happily hand you a sample of fudge. Fly solo and keep the chocolate-treasure haul to yourself, or bring along a flock of Willy Wonka imitators to confuse passersby while consuming the delicious treats.