Things really get hoppin’ this time of year at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Tulsa. It’s when bunnies abound.
They’ve got Easter bunnies in milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white. Solid and hollow. Bunnies with old-fashioned packs on their backs, or others with modern cartoon faces. They come wrapped in pastel foils. In a bag. In a basket. On a stick. You can even get a custom Easter bunny made from a caramel apple, with marshmallow ears dipped in white chocolate.
“He’s even got little whiskers,” says Ryan McAdams, who owns the chocolate shop, along with Tulsa Toy Depot at 101st and Sheridan Road. “We kind of have something for everybody depending on what kind of bunny they would like to get.”
And that’s just getting started on the Easter candy trail. How about chocolate eggs? You can choose from an array of cream fillings. Or seasonal toffees? This time of year, they come in fresh springtime flavors like lemon bar and key lime, McAdams says.
According to the National Confectioners Association, some 89 percent of Americans include candy or chocolate in their children’s Easter baskets. And 79 percent of Americans include non-edible items like stuffed animals, crayons or books.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and the Tulsa Toy Depot make it easy for parents to fill those baskets. In one stop, they can buy candy from one store and toys from the other. “Then we’ll put that in an Easter basket, put some grass in, cellophane it all up and put a bow on top. It just takes a few minutes to do it,” McAdams says. “And it’s free.”
On March 31, the Saturday before Easter Sunday, the toy store also will offer a free activity in which kids can paint a wooden egg to take home, he says.
The shops are located at 10114 S. Sheridan Road and are open Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.