I can’t eat chocolate. This isn’t because of a medical issue or dietary restriction, it’s a self-control issue. I’ve never understood how anyone can eat a single piece or square or segment of chocolate, or chocolate-coated whatever, and not the whole thing. Because of this tendency to binge, it’s easier to avoid it altogether. This made my trip to the new Bon Bon’s Candy House location (2720 S. Glenstone Ave. Springfield, MO) difficult, especially since they were offering free samples. In my mind, I said “no, thank you” when the tray was in front of me, but in reality I picked a salted caramel block coated in thick milk chocolate and then tried to introduce myself through the salty-sweet haze that descended over me.
When I came to, I spoke with Bonnie Nolen about the new location. Anyone with a sweet tooth in Springfield, MO is familiar with their previous location at the Parkcrest Center. The reason for the move, according to Nolen, was having to chase the traffic of the Brentwood Center. “There are so many amazing shops over here that we wanted to be a part of it,” she says. “We decided we just needed to move.” The Brentwood Center, which has seen several new stores in recent years, is a prime spot, with Bon Bon’s unique logo visible from Glenstone Avenue.