Newt Gingrich visits a chocolate factory

A day earlier, the former governor of Massachusetts had said Gingrichs failure to get on Virginias primary ballot was comparable to Lucille Ball and the chocolate factory.

In the famous I Love Lucy sitcom scene, Lucille Ball fumbles with the chocolates and is unable to successfully manage the assembly line.

Gov. Romney had a cute line yesterday about my team resembling Lucy in the chocolate factory, and I just want to say, here I am in the chocolate factory and now that I have the courage to come to the chocolate factory I hope Gov. Romney will have the courage to debate me one-on-one, Gingrich said Wednesday to reporters.

Gingrich didnt stop there — he actually took a stab at making chocolate himself in an homage to the comedy star, and a rebuke to his GOP opponent.

Weve taken [Romneys] thoughts so seriously that in the tradition of Lucille Ball were here in the chocolate factory, Gingrich added.

He received a vote of confidence from his host on his candy-making skills.

Pretty good, pretty good, she said as Gingrich used a fork to dip the chocolate.