Warm Up With These 6 Winter Food Destinations

Season’s eatings! If you haven’t already consumed your weight in holiday cookies, we’re here to point you in the right direction with these must-visit (and must-eat-at) Indiana destinations. Can anyone say, “Road Trip?”

DIY S’mores at BRICS – Indianapolis, IN

BRICS is well-known for their 36 hand-dipped ice cream flavors, but they also offer indulgent hot chocolate, cookies, and our personal favorite, DIY S’mores!

S'Mores Kit
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BRICS provides all the delicious ingredients in addition to the little Marshmallow roaster. Cozy up in Broad Ripple Village and enjoy this hands-on experience with the whole family.

Note: This menu item is not available year-round. More information about BRICS here: bricsindy.com/about

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire – Santa Claus, IN

Every Saturday in December you can gather around the open fire and experience this centuries-old tradition of roasting chestnuts.

At Santa’s Candy Castle, just a mile south of Holiday World, you will learn all the history of this old holiday tradition. Watch a roasting demonstration and then try roasting chestnuts yourself. Once they are roasted to perfection, it’s time for a taste-test!

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

Santa’s Candy Castle is also known for their 33 flavor line-up of hot chocolate and home to the world’s largest cocoa beverage between the whole family.

Frozen Hot chocolate
Photo by Chicago Foodie Sisters

Learn more about Santa’s Candy Castle here: http://www.santascandycastle.com/

Hand-Twisted Candy Canes – Martinsville, IN

Martinsville Candy Kitchen has been hand-twisting their famous candy canes for more than a hundred years. Watch the candy canes (and other confectioneries) being made through their large window wall in the store.

Photo by Justin Drake
Candy Canes Being Made
Photo by Visit Indiana

If you’re planning a weekend trip to this holiday food destination you can find their exact pour times on Facebook and Instagram.

Wick’s Pies – Winchester, IN

Sugar cream pie, anyone? Wicks is a pie powerhouse located in Winchester, Indiana. You can find their delicious pies and crusts in the freezer section in several grocery stores but that doesn’t beat sitting down in their full-service bakery cafe for a slice. Choose from their list of 36 varieties made fresh each day.

Pie Factory
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At their production facility, across the street from the restaurant, they are busy making 10,000 pies and more than 30,000 pie shells every 8-hour shift! Learn more here: https://www.wickspies.com/

Das Dutchman Essenhaus – Middlebury, IN

What started as a simple Amish-style restaurant in 1971 has flourished into a northern Indiana mainstay. After enjoying a hearty meal with generations-old family recipes, browse several unique gift shops, indulge in some sweet treats at the bakery, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride or a live show at the theater. You can even stay at the charming inn.

Outside of Essenhaus Restuarant
Photo by Amishcountry.org

Don’t miss the whoopie pie of the month at the bakery! Naturally, December’s flavor is peppermint.

Learn more here: https://essenhaus.com/

Caffeinery Coffee Shop – Muncie, IN

The Caffeinery is a bustling coffee shop in downtown Muncie, Indiana. A husband/wife coffee roasting team has called the charming downtown building home since 2013. It’s guaranteed you will enjoy a great cup of coffee, signature Maple Cinnamon latte, or other seasonal beverage such as a Peppermint Mocha. They also serve a wonderful selection of pastries and desserts. It’s the perfect place to relax for the afternoon while sipping your favorite drink. 

hot chocolate mug
Photo by The Caffeinery

Just a few blocks south, their coffees are roasted to order in small batches in their Coffee Roasting and Education Epicenter. Learn more here: https://thecaffeinery.com/

Don’t let the winter weather stop you from exploring all the locally-owned places Indiana has to offer. Prepare your vehicle to handle whatever weather winter decides to throw our way. Visit any of our Jiffy Lube of Indiana locations and one of our experienced technicians will help you make sure your vehicle is prepared to get you on the road!

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