The Chocolate Factory was established in 1977. Linda Meherg - owner, and 2 of her friends started a business accross from Dixon Springs State Park which is located near the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. The business started with making gourmet chocolates. Later items like Fudge and Ice Cream were added. The Chocolate Factory prides itself in handmade novelty and gourmet chocolates. It is a destination that is sure to please your sweet tooth.