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Seven of the best fudge shops in the UK

A tempting combination of sugar, butter and milk, fudge has long been the souvenir of choice for sweet-toothed travellers around the UK. Here’s our pick of the places to buy it.

The Fudge House churns out traditional fudge using a secret recipe that’s been passed down from generation to generation.

Photograph by The Fudge House
By Delle Chan
Published 20 Dec 2021, 12:22 GMT

1. Burley Fudge Shop, Hampshire
Run by husband-and-wife team Chris and Jenny since 1998, this shop in the New Forest has amassed a loyal following. Favourites include white chocolate and raspberry, salted caramel, and clotted cream — although with over 30 flavours available, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Special dietary needs are also catered for, with vegan and low-GI fudge (made using coconut nectar instead of granulated sugar) on the menu. 

2. Roly’s Fudge Pantry, various locations
Roly’s Fudge was established in Torquay in 1987 and now has over 40 shops across the UK. What sets them apart is that the fudge is freshly prepared in full view of customers, who can watch the molten liquid being swirled, stirred and sliced on marble slabs. Unusual flavour combinations include lemon meringue, coffee and cream, and raspberry and white chocolate — all made with lashings of Devon butter. 

3. Granny Wobbly’s Fudge Pantry, Cornwall
With its cheery pink exterior and bunting-festooned window displays, you can’t help but be drawn to this little shop in the market town of Wadebridge. Owner Sally-Ann has been selling her fudge, with its distinctively crumbly texture, since 1996. Sample classic flavours like vanilla and butterscotch, or opt for a moreish slab of maple and walnut. There’s usually a special flavour every week, too. 

4. The Fudge House, Edinburgh
Opened by brothers Dominic and Armando di Sotto in 1949, this family-run business on the Royal Mile churns out traditional fudge using a secret recipe that’s been passed down from generation to generation. While there are typically over 20 flavours available — all neatly displayed in glass cabinets — we’d recommend trying the marzipan and amaretto fudge, which is a nod to the family’s Italian heritage. 

5. The Fudge Patch, London
This three-year-old shop in London’s historic Greenwich Market has earned rave reviews for its vegan and (often) gluten-free fudge, which uses hemp or coconut milk instead of cow’s milk. Take your pick from flavours such as salted caramel, lemon sherbet, vanilla coconut, rhubarb custard and more. Not convinced? Customers can sample every flavour for free. 

6. Edward’s Fudge Kitchen, Devon
Devon is known for its fudge, which is typically made with local clotted cream. Edward Bosworth — who’s been making fudge his entire adult life — first set up shop in Dartmouth 15 years ago, and has since opened five more outposts across Devon, including in Brixham, Plymouth and Torquay. Swing by any of his stores to sink your teeth into some clotted cream vanilla fudge, or perhaps try inventive flavours such as Baileys and Maltesers. 

7. Sarah Bunton, Aberystwyth
Award-winning chocolatier Sarah Bunton whips up luxurious slabs of fudge in her little workshop in Devil’s Bridge, a popular tourist spot in the Cambrian Mountains. Many of her creations have clinched prestigious Great Taste Awards, including the delicate rhubarb fudge and the rich liquorice and blackcurrant fudge. If you’re looking for a truly indulgent gift, check out her range of hampers, which come stuffed with other treats such as chocolate truffles, ginger medallions and shortbread biscuits. 

Published in Issue 14 (winter 2021) of National Geographic Traveller Food

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