Kilwin’s Chocolate Shoppe

20 09 2008
  • 129 E. Front St
  • Traverse City, MI 49684
  • (231) 946-2403
  • Website
Kilwins Chocolate Shoppe in downtown Traverse City

Kilwin's Chocolate Shoppe in downtown Traverse City

Fudge is a weakness of mine.  I have a hard time walking by a candy shop where I can see them making it in the window.  After we left The Cherry Shop (review HERE), we continued walking down Front Street.  It wasn’t long before we walked by two guys in the window making candy.  They weren’t making fudge, but they were making caramel apples.  I grabbed J and pushed her towards the door.  When we got inside, my suspicions were confirmed.  They had the most delicious looking fudge in a glass case near the door.

I didn’t know where to start.  I do know I love peanut butter.  I also know I love fudge.  If you put the two together, it should make an incredible confection.  They had a special going where if you bought two pieces of fudge, you got one free.  J wanted a piece of the cherry fudge and since we were going to get a free one, I got a wedge of the vanilla.  Each wedge was a half a pound.  There were no prices posted so I was a little shocked when it rang up at $17, but it was a lot of fudge. 

Three wedges of fudge from Kilwins Chocolate Shoppe in Traverse City

Three wedges of fudge from Kilwin's Chocolate Shoppe in Traverse City

I barely got out the door before I was tearing into the box trying to get a piece of the peanut butter out.  It tasted just like I hoped it would.  J just got done eating a piece and she called it the best piece of fudge she ever had.  I thought it was really damn good, but I could have used a little bit more peanut butter.

Kilwin’s isn’t a local chocolate shop.  They have quite a few shops around the country with 17 here in Michigan.  Chain candy shops aren’t as big of a deal to me as chain restaurants because you still have to make the chocolate on site.  Kilwin’s in the traditional shop that makes it in front of the customer.  Besides fudge, they have the fancy chocolates and even ice cream.  After a great lunch, a wedge of fudge was exactly what I needed.




5 responses

20 09 2008

If you like fudge, you’ll have to make it out to Mackinaw Island… That’s the fudge haven of Michigan! Lots of fudge shops so you can buy a little at each and find your favorite!

20 09 2008
Mid-Michigan Dining

We’re planning on it sometime. Don’t know if we’ll make it before winter. The original plan was to do both Traverse City and Mackinaw this weekend, but we scaled back.

24 09 2008

Just a point of correction… Mackinac Island is always spelled with a “c” at the end (like the Mackinac Bridge, Mackinac County, Mackinac Straits, Mackinac Island State Park, etc., etc.). Always pronounced like “mack-in-AWE,” but the Village of Mackinaw City is the only one spelled with the “w” at the end.

And while there are also several fudge shops on the mainland in Mackinaw City (and in St Ignace), you still need to experience the ones on the Island. THOSE are the true Mackinac Island fudge shops, no matter what the advertising materials say about the mainland shops…

Oh, and Kilwin’s is headquartered in Petoskey (between Traverse and the Straits), so even though it’s a “chain” operation, it’s still a locally-headquartered one in Northern Michigan.

24 09 2008
Mid-Michigan Dining

Thanks for pointing that out. I used to live near a village that spelled in Mackinaw…no excuse for not double checking, but that’s why I end up spelling it wrong.

A chain’s a chain. It doesn’t matter where it’s headquarted. But, like I said, I liked Kilwin’s and would definately go back. I was just pointing out that there are other stores in case someone reading it thought they had been to one somewhere else.

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