According to a recent survey, people have listed chocolate as their preferred cause of death, followed closely by "money avalanche" and "dangerously high exposure to nudity." Get one foot in the tastiest grave with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of handmade chocolates and coffee at Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees. This Groupon is valid at the locations in North Dayton/Vandalia and South Dayton/Dayton Mall.
Celebrating 50 years of chocolate-making, the Winans have passed down their family tradition of handcrafting morsels of tongue-tickling sweets through three generations, resulting in the creation of decadent handmade chocolates and coffee. Without the use of preservatives or fillers, the chocolatesmiths construct bite-sized cocoa packages including the Miss Clara, featuring butter toffee and crushed pecans; buckeyes, containing a pillowy soul of peanut butter covered in milk chocolate; and wurtles, showcasing pecans and caramel hiding in milk or dark chocolate (each $16.99/lb.). The double-dark meltaway—a chocolate ganache filling with a 70% dark-chocolate shawl—dissolves on the tongue like a bucket of bouillon cubes in the shower. Customers can pair their cocoa with caffeine by sipping on cups of locally roasted brews such as the light roast from Guatemala, the Sumatran deep-bodied java, or the chocolate raspberry–flavored coffee brewed every Friday (brewed coffees start at $1.65). Cool chompers down after furiously reciting the Klingon alphabet five times fast with a chilling gourmet oreo milkshake ($4.95+) or an all-natural fruit smoothie ($3.95+).
Winans Chocolates and Coffees
The Winans family has been making lives a little sweeter for more than a century. During the Great Depression, townspeople would flock to the family’s bakery in Piqua with their sugar rations. Owner Wayne Winans would take that sugar and turn it into freshly baked cookies—a small pick-me-up at a time when even small pick-me-ups were a luxury. Years later, Wayne’s sons, Max and Dick, carried the family torch into the 1960s, when the first Winans Chocolates and Coffees opened.
Today, the Winans family continues to do what it does best. All of the business’s chocolates are handmade, with no preservatives or fillers, and never cryogenically frozen. The family’s emphasis on freshness carries over to their coffee, too, which has frequently been named the area's best by the readers of the Dayton Business Journal and the Dayton Daily News. The secret is in their roasting process—their small, 15-pound roaster requires them to roast the beans in small batches, which leads to a more consistent product. Once the beans are ready, coffee artisans carefully combine them with other roasts to create a vast assortment of flavors, which includes 11 house coffee blends, 12 flavored coffees, and even more seasonal selections.