Sweet treats of any kind are always a great gift to give to someone you love. Whether you are thanking a friend for pet sitting while you were away or you simply want to let the people in your life know you appreciate them, there is nothing better than a sugary treat.
One of the most popular kinds of sweet treats for gifts is fudge. A well-made, local fudge has just enough of a personal touch to really convey your message of love.
Below are some of the best places in the U.S. to buy fudge.
When you walk into Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium, you might be disconcerted to be greeted by a giant lobster. After all, seafood and fudge aren’t your traditional pairing.
However, in Bar Harbor, Maine, the sea and locally made fudge certainly go hand in hand. You can pick up fudgy souvenirs for your loved ones or indulge in a sweet treat while you explore the area.
Another great spot for quality fudge is Aunt Leah’s Fudge in Nantucket, Rhode Island. You can sample and purchase over 30 different flavors of fudge from this tiny shop.
The best thing about Aunt Leah’s Fudge is that it really tastes like it has been lovingly made by a close relative. What’s more, you can order this delicious fudge online and have it shipped to your home.
Located in Hyannis, Massachusetts is a stunning confectionary shop called Kandy Korner. This quaint little shop has stood in the town for over 50 years so they have a lot of experience to influence their fudge.
While you are at the shop, you can purchase ingredients for gumdrop fudge, get a box of homemade fudge, and see the century-old taffy machine that is featured in the building.
Located on Mackinac Island, Michigan, candy shops don’t come much better than May’s Candy Shop. There are many different fudge shops in this area, however, none make fudge quite like May’s.
The thing that makes this humble-looking candy shop stand out from the crowd is its amazing history. The shop has been run by 4 generations of family and fudge rationing had to be implemented here during WWII.
If you find yourself in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a craving for fudge, you can’t go wrong with Shane Confectionery. Another store that has plenty of history, Shane’s is the oldest candy store in the States.
Other than being the most experienced fudge maker by default, Shane’s is known for its impressive and intriguing flavors such as Hydrox and Lemon Lavender. The aesthetics of the store are also incredibly beautiful.
The U.S. saw a boom in demand for fudge in the 1800s. This led to an increase in fudge shops appearing in tourist hotspots. This phenomenon is exactly how Steel’s Fudge came to exist in 1919.
Over 100 years later and the store is still going strong. With its boardwalk location, you can enjoy a sea breeze while browsing the vast array of flavors on offer.
Another great location for a sweet treat in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is Sweet As Fudge Candy Shoppe. This unassuming store is located inside the Reading Terminal Market and has really mastered the craft of creating delicious, velvety fudge.
The thing that makes them stand out from other fudge stores in the city is the chocolate brownie creation, a fudge that is filled with a gooey brownie center.
If you enjoy eating fudge as a sweet snack and are also interested in knowing more about the process of making fudge, Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen in Gatlinburg, Tennessee is for you.
Inside this amazing fudge store, you will find the artisanal fudge-making action happening out in the open. You are able to watch the fudge being made while you choose your selection to take home. This can be a fantastic experience, especially for younger members of your family.
Being old-fashioned isn’t always a bad thing. At Gulf Coast Fudge Co. in North Fort Myers, Florida, you can get fudge that tastes just like what you were given as a child. At this fudge store, you can get delicious fudge in bonbon form.
The recipe that is used at Gulf Coast Fudge Co. dates all the way back to the 1800s. This means that they have had plenty of time to perfect it over the years.
Finally, we have the Kopper Kettle Fudge shop in Helen, Georgia. This is a fudge shop that takes the all-American fudge and gives it a European twist. What else could you expect from a fudge shop in a town that is known for its Bavarian-style buildings?
If you want to feel like you have travelled to Europe while enjoying your sweet, fudgy treat in the quaint bay window, this is the only place you need to go.
There are so many amazing places where you can get fudge from in the U.S. However, there are only a few across the country that are able to capture the same charm and flavors of delicious homemade fudge like you would have had as a child.
The places on this list are sure to satisfy your cravings and help you reminisce about the good old days.
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