My diet was lacking in vitamins and minerals so I headed to one of the few places I can find fresh fruit on the island – a fudge shop – and picked up a candy covered apple. Sanders takes up, for the most part, half the block making it one of the biggest (if not the biggest) single fudge store on Mackinac island. Sanders has a smaller, original shop on the ground level of The Lakeview Hotel. (Next to Goodfellows restaurant).
It was probably a bad idea to go in right after the Lilac Festival, as everyone needed fudge after watching the spectacle, or rather assumed that was the only food available on the island.
In the window, a grouping of delicate looking chocolate heels are on display – as if the men need another reason to lure their wives away from a candy store. There is a human fudge maker on display, ice cream parlour (selling a fudge sundae for $3) and a multitude of…well everything. From hard anise candies, candy apples, cherry chocolate, chocolate on sticks, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate covered chocolate, and chocolate double dipped Oreos and cherries from $1.25 up to $24 pound. There are boxed varieties, small and large, even Sandie’s mugs for those that want to drink their chocolate in a chocolatiers endorsed glass.
In comparison to the other fudge shops on the island, this one in particular feels more commercial having its own branded products, the largest premises and prime place on Main Street. The prices are average. While I was kinda annoyed my beloved Kilwin’s had in fact turned into Velvet Candy Store this year, I think, so far, I have found a front-runner for my favourite fudge store. Their chocolate is not too sweet and has a thick consistency.
On my journey, I brought a white chocolate covered apple with M&Ms ($5.75) chocolate cherries (fake cherries, I should know by now…) and a chocolate Oreo. Total? $10.20. And I am probably going back for the anise hard candy…I am a sucker for licorice. In fact, I have a bottle of Sambuca sitting in front of me but that’s another blog altogether.
Have you been to Sanders? Best on the island?