May 2007

Sweeten Your Day at the Island Fudge Shoppe

Author: Teresa Fitzgibbons

There’s no better place to tickle your tongue and indulge your sweet tooth than The Island Fudge Shoppe. Whether it’s rich, smooth chocolate that melts in your mouth or creamy, fresh fudge made that very same morning that gets your taste buds tingling, you’ll find it at The Island Fudge Shoppe.

“Chocolate and fudge are just fun,” said Maureen Robinson, co-owner of the island’s original candy store, in business since 1981. “It’s the taste, the texture, and the smell. They’re something you can experience with all of your senses.”

Maureen should know. She and her husband Gus have owned the store, which specializes in hand-cut gourmet fudge and hand-dipped chocolate made on site, for the past seventeen years.

“We’re making product every day,” said Maureen, explaining that The Island Fudge Shoppe uses only the top ingredients in both their fudge and chocolate delicacies. Using the original owner’s recipe, the Robinsons blend pure, heavy whipping cream, AA butter and the finest flavorings in a copper kettle that can make up to 1,200 pounds of fudge per week during the summer. With nearly twenty flavors from which to choose, ranging from traditional favorites such as chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, and maple to the more obscure such as pumpkin and piña colada, customers can order a single, quarter-pound slice of fudge or mix and match several flavors and create their own packages.

“We can really get creative with chocolate,” said Maureen. “We make fun shapes and fun combinations and different flavors.”

A wide array of hand-dipped chocolates and clusters are made right in The Island Fudge Shoppe’s own kitchen, incorporating the freshest nuts, fruits, sweetened coconut, and handmade caramel with the best white, dark, and milk chocolate available. The Island Fudge Shoppe certainly has fun with that chocolate too. Along with seasonal favorites like Santas, bunnies, and hearts, they make chocolates island-style—in the shapes of alligators, fish, seashells, sand dollars, golf bags and balls, the island, the state, and the South Carolina flag. These specialty items make the ideal souvenir for visitors, distinctive party or wedding favors, or the perfect tasty treat for someone who has everything.

Business owners looking for unique promotions or thank you gifts for clients or employees will find plenty of options at The Island Fudge Shoppe. You can have your business card customized into two-ounce chocolates, accented with other chocolates or imprint a logo into the foil or candy on chocolate coins. The Island Fudge Shoppe can also supply chocolates with customized packaging that contains a business logo or even mold chocolate to look like your business products.

The Island Fudge Shoppe also has a number of other delicious confections, including colorful, flavorful lollipops, jelly beans, and other treats. The most popular are those with a Southern flair like Saltwater Taffy, Key Lime Coolers, and anything with pralines and pecans.

“It’s really fun here. We get to meet and talk to people from all over the world,” said Maureen. “In summertime, there’s often a line out the door, but everyone is pretty much in a good mood when they come in.”

“A lot of the same customers come back every year when they’re here,” she continued. “They won’t leave the island without their fudge.”

With its great reputation and long history, The Island Fudge Shoppe is also a favorite with locals. The store is busy year round with seasonal chocolates as well as mail and internet orders.

The Island Fudge Shoppe is located in Coligny Plaza. Summer store hours are from 10 a.m-10 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 12-9 p.m. on Sunday. Stop by for a sample or visit online at www.islandfudge.com.

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