By Cheryl Rhodes
Imagine walking into a candy shop that is making a batch of fudge. Butter, sugar, and other heaven scents lure you closer to watch the candy maker rolling out a fudge log on a marble table top. A mouth-watering display of fudge and chocolate-dipped candy sits behind a glass counter, and the most agonizing decision of the day is which flavour to choose. You can’t bring them all home. So many choices. So little time.
British Columbia is home to several candy makers and chocolatiers with a passion for the old time art of candy making. If you have a sweet tooth that is nagging to be fed, check out these candy shops scattered across the province:
Oh Sugar. Located near Market Square in downtown Victoria, fudge in a jar (sold with a spoon!) is one of Oh Sugar’s popular items. Their Maple Bacon Pecan Brittle regularly sells out and owner Rick calls the closely related Maple Bacon lollipops “man bait”. Visit them at 561 Johston St, Victoria, BC and online at www.ohsugar.ca
Hell’s Gate Airtram Fudge Factory. Debbie McKinney says their top sellers are Hell’s Gate (layered vanilla and chocolate fudge with Bailey’s, Kahlua, and Grand Marnier) and Simon Fraser (vanilla fudge swirled with chocolate chips, nuts, and Grand Marnier). They’re located on the Trans-Canada Highway about a half hour drive from Hope, on the Lower Side of the Hell’s Gate Airtram ride (paid admission). Visit them online www.hellsgateairtram.com
Tickleberry’s. Best known for their B.C. dried fruit covered in Belgian chocolate, owner Kelsey Hoy says their Heavenly Caramel fudge is also a best seller. Their kettle corn, made in a huge copper kettle outside the shop, is quickly becoming a customer favourite – both for watching it pop and eating it! Visit Tickleberry’s at 1207 Main Street, Okanagan Falls, BC and online at http://www.tickleberrys.com/
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Best known for their fancy caramel apples that are dipped in just about everything you can imagine – pecans, peanuts, Smarties, marshmallows, Oreos, and more – Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory also sells over 30 flavours of fudge and other chocolate treats. They have 17 locations around British Columbia. Check their website for more information http://www.rockychoc.com/
Rogers’ Chocolates. Operating in Victoria since 1885, Rogers’ Chocolates are best known for their Victoria Creams, various flavours of cream fillings covered in bittersweet chocolate and individually wrapped. They’ve expanded with other stores on Vancouver Island, Vancouver, and Whistler. Find them online at http://www.rogerschocolates.com/
Charlie’s Chocolate Factory. Known for molded chocolate in just about every shape and form including animals, cars, and sports, Charlie’s Chocolate Factory also sells a huge variety of candies, and is a good choice for seasonal treats. They’re located in Burnaby and Port Coquitlam. Their website is http://www.charlieschocolatefactory.com/
Into Chocolate. With locations in Cloverdale and Fort Langley, Into Chocolate makes their own homemade fudge and other chocolate creations. Their candy choices include jelly beans, licorice, salt water taffy, and many other sweets. Visit them online for more information http://intochocolate.ca/
Bernard Callebault. The master chocolatiers at Bernard Callebault create chocolate treats in many shapes with different fillings, such as a heart that holds coffee cream, a seashell with hazelnut paste, and a collection of truffles. They have 5 locations in British Columbia and can be found online at http://www.bernardcallebaut.com/
Beaver House Fudge. Known for making fudge from organic cream and butter and using fruit and nuts grown in British Columbia, Beaver House Fudge offers over 40 flavours of gourmet fudge. Visit them at Unit G, 4705 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, BC and online at http://www.beaverhousefudge.com/catalog/
Purdy’s. Can’t forget Purdy’s! They are found in just about every mall in the Lower Mainland and in other parts of the province too. Their Hedgehogs and Sweet Georgia Browns are legendary and they sell many other chocolate delights. Find them online at http://www.purdys.com/
Published: August 23, 2013
Cheryl Rhodes writes from Surrey, British Columbia where she lives with two dogs and three horses. She’s the author of 5 novels and a cookbook, and enjoys traveling, photography, swimming, geocaching, reading, and writing mysteries. Visit her at www.cherylrhodes.com
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