Spontaneous trips are the best. A recent one to Amelia Island included a day at the beach, saving a baby turtle from certain death, and pizza at one of my favorite places. Before driving home we made one final stop, Fantastic Fudge in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. The store sells handmade fudge, hand dipped chocolates, and ice cream.
Nothing excites our kids like the promise of a sweet treat, and the wiggled their way into the crowded shop. Despite having already made his selection before walking in the front door, Mason began checking out the numerous flavors of ice cream. Miss Julia could not see over the ledge and clamored to be picked up. I held her underneath her arms and gave her a bird’s eye view of the ice cream tubs. She spotted a pink colored one, the actual flavor being unimportant, and exclaimed “I want the pink one daddy!”
I grabbed a number from a deli style dispenser and waited for our turn to order. Becky walked past two benches standing in front of marble topped tables and towards the two large candy display cases. Chocolate dipped pretzels, homemade peanut butter cups, and a wide selection of fudge filled the shelves.
Twenty-six was called and I approached the counter. A smiling high school age girl took our order and filled two sugar cones and two cake cones with our selected flavors of ice cream. Rocky road for Miss Hilliard High School 1994, chocolate for Mason, a berry swirl for Miss Julia, and salted caramel for me. Becky also ordered a selection of chocolates. The contents of the two boxes were a mystery until she shared them at a later time.
We made our way up Centre Street and found two benches. While Miss Julia gave an impromptu performance of the Wizard of Oz we ate. The afternoon was hot and rivulets of melted ice cream began to run down the kids hands. Balancing my cone I expertly help stem the tide of chocolate and strawberry ice creams. Turning my attention back to the salted caramel cones, I was very pleased with my selection. Sprinkled throughout the vanilla ice cream were pieces and swirls of caramel. The saltiness of the caramel and the sweetness of the ice cream worked well together and it was delicious.
With sticky hands and smiles we headed back towards the car. Becky passed out pieces of candy while I wished we could stay longer. The dark chocolate covered almond cluster I was given was delicious, and I savored each bite. The kids despite being hopped up on sugar were drowsy, and drifted off to sleep by the time we made it to the highway.
Fantastic Fudge is online at fantasticfudge.com and Facebook. The shop is open Sunday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. For additional information, contact Fantastic Fudge directly at (904) 277-4801.
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