If ever you get to the eastern prarie/farming states, (or so I would describe them), you must try a chain burger joint called SmashBurger. I'm not much for chain restaurants, but this one is different. I don't recall seeing any outside of Ohio and Illinois. We had dinner at one in Dayton, Ohio. The burgers were huge, juicy, and dripping with flavor. I was unable to finish mine because it was so big and loaded. The sides were my favorite, however. They served a trio of asparagus, green beans, and carrot sticks--all deep fried. They were not breaded, which I was expecting, but were loaded with somewhat greasy veggie goodness. No child would turn down their vegetables if Mama served them that way! They also served breaded, deep-fried dill pickles. They are good, but I can only take them in small doses.
Ah, about Marie's Candies (mariescandies.com). They make over 80 varieties of candy in an old railroad depot in West Liberty, Ohio. If you want good chocolate without breaking the bank, this is the way to go. We ordered their 3 versions of a "turtle"-chocolate, pecans, and caramel-with pecans, almonds, and cashews for Grandma. Fabulous! Peanut Butter Fancies are a staple for the male population in our family. I went with some nut-covered truffles and chocolate-covered cherries. Heaven! Since it was fresh strawberry season, we also splurged, (for the sake of the blog, of course), on some white-, dark-, and milk-chocolate-covered strawberries. Oh, yum! In case you are wondering, yes they will ship their chocolates to your door!