*this is a sponsored post – all opinions are 100% my own.
I did not grow up in a coffee-drinking family. I loved the smell of good coffee but somehow whenever I tasted it, the delicious smell never translated to my taste buds.
And then I married a coffee drinker. A coffee maker was one of our first Christmas gifts. I watched my husband drink coffee every single day for years. Now and then I’d try a sip or two, but I just never could get past the black bitterness of the coffee.
Somewhere along the way I discovered the latte, and later the breve. Next time you order a latte, make it a breve instead. Half-n-half instead of milk makes ALL the difference. I have them toss some sugar-free caramel in too because a bit of sweetness takes coffee to a whole new level.
Not all coffees are created equel either. There are different roasts, flavors, and blends.
I am now an avid coffee drinker. These days I must have my coffee every morning, along with half-n-half and caramel (sugar-free) and I quite prefer that the coffee be purchased at Winans.
I discovered Winans a few years ago. A local company to me, Winans Chocolates + Coffees has been in business since the early 1900’s. Starting as a bakery selling baked goods and candy, Winans is owned by the 4th generation of the family. The 5th generation is also active in the business.
In the 1970’s the business split – the bakery and the candies became separate businesses. The candies were sold in an old carriage house and was known as Carriage House Candies.
The business made a couple moves over the years and coffee was added in 1994. In 2003, Winans began roasting their own coffee beans.
I am ever so glad coffee was added!
Winans roasts their own coffee and their own ‘Winans Blend’ is their most popular. My husband prefers this as it’s a blend of roasted, unflavored coffee beans. My favorite is flavored coffee – more precisely – Highlander Grogg from Winans. 🙂
The company is now housed in what used to be a newspaper office – it just so happens that the climate control needed for newspapers is almost identical to what is needed for chocolate production so it worked out perfectly for them!
The Winans shops are lovely and warm and welcoming. Behind the scenes tours of their operation is an added bonus 🙂 That cool, old sign from back when Winans was a bakery – you will see that on the tour too!
When I was a child and teenager I really didn’t care for chocolate any more than I did coffee – I know, I know, I’m weird!
Winans buys green coffee beans, which arrive in a variety of fun printed, burlap bags. Once the bags are empty they offer some of them for sale in their shops – for $5 you can purchase a bag to create something fun. I have a stack of these and I have a fun project in mind that I will be creating and sharing with you soon. I’ll give you a hint – it was inspired by our cat.
Seasonal candies and displays make every holiday festive! I got a peek in the warehouse of some coming Christmas baskets and it’s going to be awesome! The most wonderful time of the year needs to include Winans!
If you are not from Ohio you might not know what a buckeye candy is so let me explain.
The buckeye is Ohio’s state tree and has a small, round, hard nut that is a dark chocolate brown with a lighter brown, round spot on it. A buckeye candy is a delicious ball of peanut butter candy dipped in milk chocolate, leaving a circle of the peanut butter showing – thus making it look like a buckeye. 🙂
Butter creams, meltaways, caramels, Miss Claras – you really must try them all. The Miss Clara has a fun story behind it – once when the owners were gone and the workers were making toffee with almonds they ran out of almonds. So Clara, the oldest member of the Winans team, decided to use pecans. They were a hit and were added to the candy line and naturally were named Miss Clara. It’s become one of our family favorites!
I’ve eaten a lot of buckeyes in my lifetime and I have to say Winans are the best! Their peanut butter is soft and creamy and not too sweet.
One of my daughters jobs during the outdoor photo shoot was to keep the cats away. This extremely curious guy thought he surely should be involved.
Available for purchase online, Winans Candies and Coffees make amazing gifts for Christmas or birthdays!
Click here to go to their website and take a look around!
If you are local check out a Winans location – 2 in Piqua, 2 in Troy, and they also have loctions in Dayton and Columbus. Look them up online to find the one closest to you.
* I was given products to review for this post – however all opinions are 100% my own.
So even though I didn’t start out as a coffee drinker or a chocolate lover, I love both now, especially when it’s Winans!