Schoolhouse Gallery, Marblehead, Ohio
Summer is the big season for Schoolhouse Gallery. For that reason, according to Schoolhouse’s Mary Ann Witter, the store, which is open from May to just before Christmas, sells 65 flavors of fudge in the summer compared to about 30 from October to December.
To that end, Witter and her fellow fudge makers brainstorm early in the season to come up with new flavors. But the key, she says, is their toppings. For example, they’ll decorate their chocolate caramel fudge with Rolo candies. Peanut butter chocolate will have Reese’s cups on top. Other caramel flavors will feature a coating of melted caramel. “We like the top of our fudge always to look inviting,” says Witter. In fact, decoration is so important, according to Witter, all new fudge makers receive special training in it.
In addition, Witter sells what might seem to be an off-season variety during the summer: pumpkin-flavored fudges. That’s because most summer visitors leave after Labor Day. “They’re not here in October, and we have so many great flavors,” she says.