As you know, my last two posts have been about our recent camping trip to Blairsville, GA. While there, we took a little trip to Helen, GA, just over a mountain or two from Blairsville. The only other time I have ever been to Helen was the summer of '97. Let me just say that it was a slow day in Helen as we were just about the only people in town that day. This latest visit couldn't have been more different.
You see, Helen is a recreation of an Alpine village. And they have the longest running Oktoberfest in the world, this year's starting on September 9th and ending October 31st. THE Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany is only 16-18 days long and ends the first Sunday or Monday of October. Munich's Oktoberfest began in 1810 as a marriage celebration for the prince, (being Royal gets you great parties!) Today it is the largest festival in the world.
My inner anthropologist would love to go to Munich, be immersed in the culture of Bavaria and eat the traditional German foods. However, I don't see a trip to Germany in my near future, so Helen will have to do. But not during Oktoberfest. It was very crowded, still warm in October and the whole celebration of beer is not my cup of tea. Maybe Christkindlmarkt , (Christmas Market) would be more fun.
Helen, Georgia does have one thing that makes me definitely want to go back and that is Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen. This is the kind of place that you smell before you see. The aroma guides you to the door and up the ramp where you find delicious candies wherever you look.
Owners Dave and Janet Jones have been making candies here in Helen since 1973. Dave wrote the book on making candy. I'm not kidding...
With so many tempting treats, it was hard to decide what to buy. For me anyway, Brian knew exactly what he wanted...
I knew I wanted some chocolate, but couldn't commit to one particular confection. So I got this...
A Milk Chocolate Chattahoochee Snapper--The fresh pecans really make this!
A Chocolate Covered Graham Cracker (not pictured)
Dark Chocolate covered Pretzels = Bliss!
Are you salivating yet? Then here's some good news, they ship! Check them out!
Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen
8651 Main Street
Helen, GA 30545
8078 South Main Street
Helen, GA 30545
800-524-3008 Toll Free
Anyone been to Christkindlmarkt in Helen? Is it worth a day trip from Chattanooga? Let me know!