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Downtown Businesses, Photo Essay

The Fudge Shoppe: A Must-See (and Taste) Downtown Spot

Don’t wreck a sublime chocolate experience by feeling guilty.  ~Lora Brody

Ever since I was little I have been in love… with chocolate! It’s been said that there are four basic food groups:  milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles, and I couldn’t agree more with that. Although, I could add one more: fudge.

Downtown Washington wouldn’t be complete without The Fudge Shoppe. The owners of the business, mother and daughter team Debbie Ballman and Kim Lutz, opened the store seven years ago and it has been a huge success ever since. They purchased the equipment from the previous Fudge Shoppe owners Ken and Donna King when they were ready to pass the business on. The Kings wanted to keep the operation in Washington, and personally trained Debbie and Kim for two weeks before the store changed hands. The mother and daughter still use the same recipes and they make a fresh batch of the Mackinac Island Michigan-style fudge daily. The best part is that everybody who visits the store can observe how this simple, but delicious dessert is being prepared. I got the best seat in the house, so I could share some pictures with you.

It is Debbie's job to mix in the ingredients that go in the making of the fudge. The copper pot is a must.

Before the liquids go in, Debbie moves the pot to a gas burner. She stirs the mixture frequently until it is heated to 234F.

When the fudge reaches the right temperature, mother and daughter grab the heavy pot and pour its contents on a marble slab. Why marble? Because it is naturally cold, and helps the cooling process. It takes 20-30 minutes for the fudge to cool down.

This is the part where Kim comes in. She "paddles" she fudge to make sure it cools evenly.

Then follows the hand paddling, to give the fudge a nice log-like shape. Kim makes it look so easy, but it takes quite the effort and skill.

The end result will put a smile on any choco-lover's face 🙂

After making 25 pounds of fudge, Debbie and Kim are ready to welcome new customers. If you walk by the store, the wonderful aroma will draw you in. What is more, fudge is only one of the gourmet assortments the mother and daughter team specializes in.

Chocolate is the answer.  Who cares what the question is.

Hand crafted gourmet chocolates, chocolate covered pretzels, and delightful sweet treats are among the many exquisite creations you can find at the Fudge Shoppe. All of them are made right here in Washington, with lots of care and love.

Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate.  ~Jo Brand

Not a chocolate fan? The Fudge Shoppe also offers variety of pre-packaged gourmet food items, such as dip mixes, soup mixes, sauces, Republic of Tea & kitchen accessories. In addition, they also have hand dipped ice cream in fresh made waffle cones.

Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.  ~Don Kardong

Christmas shopping at the Fudge Shoppe? Sounds great to me!

 There’s nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate.  ~Linda Grayson, “The Pickwick Papers”

Nestled in the heart of downtown, The Fudge Shoppe attracts locals and tourists alike. What Kim and Debbie love about Washington, is the warm and welcoming community. Go and visit them and share the love!

Life is uncertain.  Eat dessert first.  ~Ernestine Ulmer

The Fudge Shoppe is located on 219 W. Main Street, Washington, MO. You can reach them at 636.239.0153 or thefudgeshoppe@hotmail.com. Visit them online or become a fan on Facebook.  The Fudge Shoppe also specializes in custom-made cakes for your special occasion.

About Slava

I am a twenty-something Bulgarian girl in the USA, re-discovering the world through the lens.

Discussion

4 Responses to “The Fudge Shoppe: A Must-See (and Taste) Downtown Spot”

  1. Love love love this shop! Their peanut butter fudge is addicting! And Debbie & Kim are two of the nicest people I know….great pictures!

    Posted by Wendy Becker | November 22, 2011, 2:18 pm
  2. I send their sweet treats to all my best friends.

    Posted by Ginny | August 4, 2015, 6:09 pm

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