Buttery, chocolatey and oh-so rich, fudge is a classic holiday indulgence that we’re betting you look forward to every year. Pick up a piece or a whole tray at one of these local fudge makers who are cranking out a treat so delicious, you’ll need to get one to keep and one to give away. Read on for our fave five spots to score this tasty delight.
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Van Duyn Chocolates
Fudge is handmade here, using Van Duyn’s unique “wip’n’puf” process. How do you like that? Try out traditional sweet sugar-based penuche fudge, rocky road or chocolate walnut fudge. Their Northwest Portland production facility houses a retail location (closed Sunday) for your fudge-purchasing needs. If you can’t make it in, call, fax or shoot them an email to make your order. Van Duyn has been serving up chocolates to locals since 1927, so trust them when they say they know a thing or two about fudge.
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. Noon-4 p.m.
3111 NW Industrial Ave.
photo: Made in Oregon via Yelp
Made in Oregon
Some of Oregon’s favorite fudge is made by hand by the Brigittine Monks of Amity, Oregon, and sold at Made in Oregon stores. Grab a one-pound box of pecan praline, hazelnut chocolate or chocolate fudge royale (with or without nuts). If you have your heart set on a certain flavor, make sure to check ahead of time, especially as Christmas draws closer. Or, make an order directly from the monks online: They have more drool-inducing flavors available, including chocolate amaretto and chocolate cherry with nuts.
photo: Hattie’s Sweet Shop via Yelp
Hattie’s Sweet Shop
Hattie’s Sweet Shop in Multnomah Village (formerly Sweets, Etc.) is known all around town for their homemade fudge. Over the course of the year they might have 50 flavors in rotation. A few perennial favorites like chocolate, chocolate walnut, rocky road, dark chocolate and dark chocolate salted caramel are always available. During the holidays, you’ll find peppermint candy, eggnog, peppermint bark, gingerbread, creme brûlée, fruitcake, pumpkin and red velvet to tempt your sweet tooth.
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
7828 SW Capitol Hwy.
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Dairy-free? You’re in luck. During the summer months, you can buy some of IC Confections’ coconut-based treats at the Beaverton Farmer’s Market. Since the market is in hibernation during the winter, you can still enjoy some dairy-free or dairy-full fudge by ordering online. Dairy-free flavors come in extra-dark chocolate (with raspberry, orange or rocky road), peanut butter or peanut butter-chocolate swirl. As for the traditional dairy fudge flavors, you have a wider choice of milk chocolate, dark chocolate and extra-dark chocolate, with all sorts of additions, including mint, caramel, rocky road, walnuts and pecans.
Holy fudge! It doesn’t get much more Portland than this company…which is actually based in Milwaukie. Find their fudge online, or check out the online schedule for upcoming events where they’ll be plying their wares, like America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar at the Expo Center. Some of the flavors have to be seen to be believed: locally-inspired fudge names like Bandon Cranberry Bog with cranberries and cashews, or the Pendleton Rodeo with chocolate fudge, toffee and caramel swirls. Don’t miss the Pig in a Pancake: maple-flavored vanilla fudge topped with real bacon.
What’s your favorite place in town to pick up a box of fudge for your family or friends? Tip us off in the comments!