There are people who can make fudge. And there are people who cannot.
Two years ago, I tried my hand at making fudge thinking it would make great stocking stuffers and hostess gifts. I did exhaustive research online to find the perfect recipe and settled on one for pumpkin fudge. The recipe called for Fluff – a gooey marshmallowy substance that comes in a jar…which I’m sure is totally natural and good for you! Anyway, fast forward through a very long evening of stirring and watching and pouring and burning and I was finally ready to test the fudge. It tasted like bubblegum. Needless to say, the stockings were not stuffed with beautiful squares of homemade fudge that year.
So I fall into the category of Hapless Fudge Failure. Lucky for me, and for all of North Grenville’s candy lovers, Samantha McLean is a very talented fudge maker.
Samantha is the confection queen behind the Candy For You shop, which opened a year ago on Prescott St. Inspired by an old-fashioned candy shop in Calgary, Samantha makes her fudge onsite and serves customers herself, scooping bulk candy into white paper bags.
The sweet, caramelized scent of fudge greets you as you first walk through the doors. The dark hardwood floors set off the stunning original silver tin ceiling. Large windows are flanked by candy striped curtains and let in lots of light. Long story short: it’s a nice place to be!
To make her fudge, Samantha starts by making a chocolate base and a vanilla base. She then adds ingredients that make up popular flavours like maple, praline, candy cane, and rum raisin. Her favourite fudge is chocolate-caramel.
As well as fudge, Samantha is playing Willy Wonka and experimenting with bear claws, chocolate and caramel dipped pretzels, and chocolate covered licorice. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it!
On top of her homemade treats, Samantha also stocks harder to find treats from the United Kingdom, the United States, and she’s even stocked sushi gummies from Japan!
Candy For You customers have been known to come from Ottawa and Quebec for that fabulous fudge and in the summer for homemade real soft serve ice cream. Kids of all ages can find something to enjoy. “Children love it here,” says Samantha, “but I’ve seen older customers literally jump for joy when they see candies they haven’t seen in 50 years!” She loves hearing about trips to the general store, where customers used to buy a handful of candy for a nickel and bring it home in a burlap sack.
Next time you’re downtown, pop into Candy For You for a free fudge sample and see if you don’t walk away with a bag full of sweet stuff!
Candy For You
206 Prescott St., Kemptville, ON
Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm