Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.- Ernestine Ulmer
One of my favorite childhood summer memories is opening the screen door to Howse’s Fudge in Harbor Springs, Michigan and being met with the aroma of rich, creamy chocolate.
The only thing that matched the intoxicatingly delicious scent was the sight of rows of chocolate fudge, caramel filled turtles and bags of bubble gum colored taffy. It was heaven. And my mom and I always made it a tradition to take home a box of buttery caramels and turtle fudge.
Since Labor Day is upon us this weekend, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to this summertime Northern Michigan institution. One of the things that I love about Howse’s is its legacy. The candy shop has been open since 1959 and is run by the Howse family. In the summer, you can see the Howse children working alongside their parents as they pour fudge onto thick marble slabs.
The air in the shop is warm and sweet and the screen door constantly creaks open as kids come in with their bicycles to buy a treat. The simplicity of the shop, which was built in 1908, with its brown and white striped walls and wooden cut outs of fudge makers only deepens this nostalgic summertime feeling.
Howse’s seems like it’s from another time. And in a world that’s constantly changing, I love that it stays the same year after year.
Luckily, even if you don’t live in Harbor Springs, you can enjoy this delicious taste of the past year round by ordering from Howse’s website. Unlike most businesses in Harbor Springs, they’re open year round and ship their fudge, chocolates, caramels, turtles and brittles daily.
This way, even on the coldest winter day, you can have a taste of summers past. Here’s to celebrating the end of a sweet Michigan summer.