I’m a little bit obsessed with restaurants, you may have noticed. So much so, apparently, that I had never even noticed a tiny little fudge shop on Broad Street called Fudge Kitchen, selling huge selections of… yep, fudge!
Fudge Kitchen sits between Cath Kidston and Boswell’s, in tourist central near the entrance to Broad Street. The window display of fudge has cute (or macabre?) little arms protruding and waving from thick slices of fudge. Like the sweet slabs are alive and ever so slightly wild.
Inside the shop, you’ll find around twelve or more flavours of fudge each day, handmade fresh behind the counter. You can see the fudge produced right there and then, so you know it’s über fresh. With flavours like raspberry and white chocolate, Belgian chocolate swirl and lemon sherbert the menu runs almost as wild as the fudge in the window.
The fudge is mixed to an authentic original recipe dating from 1830. Whipping cream is used for the majority but they also use soya, almond and other alternatives for dairy-free flavours – sea salted caramel, vanilla coconut, and dark chocolate with sea salt were all available as dairy free when I visited
I had to try some, for the sake of reporting you understand, so chose three big wedges to take home. Raspberry and white choc, salted caramel (because salted caramel!), and a Belgian chocolate swirl.
I also went away with a pot of Fudge Kitchen stem ginger liquid fudge. Because I’m a marketers dream and anything labelled liquid fudge gets my vote. Fudge goodies taken home and shared amongst the husband and small children, we cast our votes. Salted caramel fudge topped the leaderboard; deliciously creamy with a traditional combination of salt and sugar that just works.
The remaining two flavours battled it out for second place. The sweeter toothed among us preferred the raspberry and chocolate, with the rest finding it way too sweet.
The guys manning the shop were a fun bunch, happy to offer samples to visitors and passers-by. You can’t go to many tourist hotspots in this country without finding a fudge shop nearby, but who says fudge is just for holidays, I’m all for the occasional sugary fix.
If you’re a fudge fan then this is the shop for you, it’s also a great place to pick up some gifts. Slices of fudge sell for £5-6 each, dependant on weight, four slices for £17, or six for £22. You can also pick up a fudge making kit for £30, or the tubs of liquid fudge, in stem ginger, vanilla or chocolate orange for £4.50 each.