This post is sponsored by Discover Ohio, who provided complimentary tickets for me to visit various attractions in Cleveland. All opinions are my own. #DiscoverOhio #OhioIceCream #OhioRoadTrip
Delicious and super easy Peppermint Bark fudge, and a bit of fun.
You might be wondering why I named this recipe “Peppermint Bark Oh Fudge” and that is a great question! To put it simply, it is because I love A Christmas Story, the movie, and one of my favorite parts is when Ralphie is helping his dad replace the tire, and that dirty word slips out!
I laugh and laugh when everyone says, “He said what???” I mean it is simply iconic, am I right? The Lifebuoy Soap, the bite, the phone call, the use of “Fudge” instead of the nasty word he actually said, that he had heard his Father say time and again. All of it is just so small town family, and so funny.
Now that we have the fudge out of the way, let’s talk about A Christmas Story! I am so lucky, this past summer I had the opportunity to visit the house it was filmed in. Did you know you can go on tours of it? Yeah, you can go see it too. It is in Cleveland, OH and it is really cool. If you loved the movie you should go. If you like the movie, you should go. If you’ve seen the movie, you should go. Basically go! Honestly, the whole story behind the movie and the house fascinates me, and I have told it to so many people I have lost count.
The movie was a flop, that later become popular, and the house… well that is a whole other story. But basically it was started by a guy who had nothing to do with the movie production. He bought the house on auction, and then renovated the whole thing, watching the movie clip by clip to capture every detail, down to the table, appliances, and everything else.
He did a fantastic job. He spent like half a million dollars trying to get it just right, and hoped he would make his money back, but had no idea if he would. Opening day there was a mile long line to get in and tour the house. He made his money back in a month, and they do several tours a day, and they have yet to have one without someone on it. So that is pretty awesome. And I can see why. The place is a blast. Even my little pink nightmares had a great time.
Everything in the house was interactive, so you could pick it up, touch it, take photos with it, try it on, etc. my kids had so much fun. We seriously could have spent the entire day there.
It made me anxious for Christmas so we could talk about Red Ryder BB guns, and classic movies, and all the fun parts of that movie. Like the leg lamp, that say’s “His End Up”. Did you know that was an accident? The crate was too big to fit in the doors, so the movie producer told a set guy to cut it down a bit. Instead of taking a little off each side, he cut off the “T”, it was funny, so they left it!
Honestly, the visit to this house was one of the highlights of our summer road trip. There is the house, a gift shop, and a museum, so there is plenty to do. The tour guide was very informative, and we had a blast.
Even getting there was a cinch. We stayed at the Wyndham Cleveland @ Playhouse Square, an amazing hotel, btw. Literally my favorite hotel I have ever stayed in. They treated us so well, and the room was spacious, lovely, and even had bunkbeds for my kids, and a fun activity table.
The manager was amazing and left snacks and treats in the room for us, and some toys for the kids. The service was unbeatable. Seriously. Stay there!!! It is walking distance from all the fun in Playhouse Square, and absolutely gorgeous. The pool is really great too. My kids spent hours in it.
But anyway, the hotel has a complimentary shuttle service that will take you anywhere within a certain number of miles of the hotel, and so they took us to A Christmas Story House, dropped us off, and arranged for pickup. The driver kept in great contact with me letting me know he had hit some traffic and would be a bit late. It was all very nice since I was traveling with my kids without other adults. I loved not having to find parking!
If you haven’t been to Cleveland, let me suggest you book a trip right away. We had a blast. There are so many delicious ice cream places to eat, like Mitchell’s Ice Cream, Sweet Moses, and Mason’s Creamery, of course we went to all 3, and then went back again. So so yummy. Everything was fresh, and oh so good.
We also got to visit the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.
I had been there as a teenager, and hadn’t been in years. It was as great as I remembered, and I loved being able to take my kids. They absolutely loved seeing and interacting with all the fish, the tunnel, and the surrounding area! This shark was right above our heads. We were able to visit both the Aquarium and A Christmas Story House in the same day. The aquarium closes at 5, so as long as you head to A Christmas Story House early, you could grab some lunch, and then hit the aquarium in the afternoon. And trust me, it will be a great day. Especially if you do like we did, and get lots of ice cream between.
I particularly loved the interactive parts, as seeing my 2 year old get so excited about sealife was really fun.
And of course one of the highlights for my basketball loving sun was all the Lebron James stuff! So if you haven’t visited, or it has been a while, or you just want to have some fun, head to Cleveland. Book your travel through DiscoverOhio.com for great deals and lots of customized itineraries.
And don’t forget to pin this super easy to make fudge for later: