Award-Winning Fudge & Gift Boutique
Across Walton Street from Queenies Bake Shop, at the corner of Queen and Walton – is a relatively new sweet spot in Port Hope. Maggie Moose, owned by Candy and Ron Thibeau, offers fudge, salt water taffy, gelato and much more. Championed by a bright pink moose, this fudge shop is the place to be if you’re looking to stock up on treats and sample a variety of delicious flavours.
Maggie Moose began renovations of their new location at the beginning of the year. The Thibeau family made the decision to move their boutique to Port Hope and be ready to open by spring.
“We were looking for a little vibrant town, which we found in Port Hope. I’ve always loved Port Hope so I wanted to come here.” says Candy Thibeau.
Attendees of the 2018 “Float Your Fanny” event would have been among the very first lucky customers to sample her fudge and experience the new shop when it opened.
But wait… before we get to the fudge…
At this sweet spot you can also try a Moose Drop or find a fresh supply of taffy, stick candy and other sweets. Karma Clusters are sold here if you are looking for a gluten free or vegan treat. Gelato has recently been added to the shop for the summer and is a very popular item.
Steps away from the Capitol Theatre, a trip to Maggie Moose is a great way to wrap up an afternoon matinee or satisfy a craving before an evening performance. With a boutique on site that stocks items such as home accents, ladies apparel and accessories, menswear, children’s clothing and toys – finding a gift for someone special is also on offer at this cheerful location.
Getting back to the star of the show – the Jersey-style Boardwalk fudge.
The number of flavours can be anywhere from 24 to 30, “depending on the chef” Candy adds. Her husband Ron is the chef and mastermind behind the incredible flavours of fudge available at Maggie Moose.
“We’re inspired by the fudge you find on the boardwalk in New Jersey.” says Candy. “Ron develops new flavours all of the time and sources out his ingredients.We also get a lot of inspiration from our customers. Right now we’re working on a vegan fudge and a keto fudge.”
Maggie Moose is also collaborating with local tourist attraction, Haute Goat to create a rich and creamy goat’s milk fudge.
What makes Maggie Moose fudge different?
Candy explains that the Jersey-style fudge at Maggie Moose is not as sweet as you might expect and that cutting the sweetness allows for the “flavour profile to come through stronger.” With flavours like Butterfinger, Pistachio, Salted Nut Roll, Blueberry Cheesecake and Pina Colada on the menu – stronger is definitely more of a good thing.
Another thing that sets this fudge apart is that Maggie Moose uses less sugar. “We control the sugar content. The fudge in return becomes smoother and creamier.” Candy explains.
When asked his favourite thing about making fudge Ron adds, “Seeing the expression on people’s faces when they try it – introducing new flavours and having them be wowed.”
Wowed indeed – don’t miss this stop on the Port Hope Sweet Tour, try it yourself!
To learn more about Maggie Moose please visit: www.maggiemoosefudge.com.
Stay tuned for the next feature in this series, the other “corner of queen” shop and home of the Crazy Cookie – Dreamers Cafe.