Our last post was a salute to a Winnipeg chocolatier who really knows how to celebrate the season. Those chocolate turkeys are amazing!
Our post this week profiles the Widman Candy Company who has been making great chocolate in North Dakota and Minnesota in the northern United States since 1911 with the opening of a tiny shop in Crookston, Minnesota. A detailed story about Widman’s Candy Company can be found on my website in the story archives at this link.
George Widman opened the Grand Forks, North Dakota location of the Widman’s Candy Company in 1949 at 106-3rd Street South in the city’s downtown area. At age 92, he still visits the chocolate shop daily, although son, Dan is now the chief chocolatier. Widman’s signature product is the “Chipper” — the chocolate-covered potato chip that has made the company famous, but they make over 200 varieties of chocolate and candy creations.
Carol Widman is the daughter of George Widman and runs the Carol Widman’s Candy Company in Fargo, North Dakota at 4325 – 13th Avenue S – right across from West Acres Shopping Mall. What I really like about Carol is that she embraces the seasons. You always know what the current holiday or celebration is when you walk into Carol’s shop, and in October, when we have Halloween on the brain, Carol’s shop is a great place to be. Her caramel apples are probably the best Halloween treat I’ve ever had and they come in four flavours including plain caramel, crushed pecan peanut, or deluxe mixed nuts. Absolutely delicious!
An interesting thing about Widman’s is that their popularity has grown purely through word of mouth. Carol has a very bare bones website. There is no website for the Grand Forks or Crookston, Minnesota shops. Thanks goodness we chocolate lovers are willing to share information with one another!
Indeed, our last few posts have focused on the amazing chocolatiers you can find in smaller centres such as Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Grand Forks, and Fargo. Do you live in a small city or community that is home to a talented chocolatier or chocolate maker? If so, please share and tell us about your local treasure.
Special thanks to Visit Grand Forks who introduced me to the lovely Hilton Garden Inn and to Fargo Tourism who introduced me to the Candlewood All-Suites Inn. Both properties are top-notch and near the local airports, universities and sporting facilities, so perfect if you’re arriving by air for a special event at the arena or on campus. As the Candlewood is an all-suite facility, it’s ideal for longterm stays.
Happy National Chocolate Day to those of us in North America for October 28th, and please join us back here the week of November 5th when we’ll indulge in more taste-tempting chocolate travel.