September 26, 2003
Inside, you will find several Swiss delicacies. On the left side of the shop are a wide variety of cheeses. We purchased some baby-fine Swiss cheese and other unique cheeses.
The right side of the store is mostly dedicated to their chocolate selection. Rows of candies and Swiss products are displayed on shelves. Against the window is a wall full of Swiss chocolates like Lindt and Toblerone. This store had the widest selection of Lindt chocolates we have ever seen. Choices include a pistachio chocolate bar, white chocolate with crème, and even 97% pure dark chocolate.
A counter runs along the back of the store and allows customers to handpick their items. Here are some of the finest treats the Maple Leaf Cheese and Chocolate Shoppe have to offer. Choose from over ten flavors of handmade ice creams and then decide if you would like your scoop on a handmade regular or waffle cone. The smell of the freshly made waffle cones permeates the air of the store and is subtly noticed as soon as you enter. Flavors like Orange Pudding, Lady Bug, Maple Nut, Butterscotch, and Elephants Tracks are available.
My favorite counter was, of course, the fudge counter, where I found a variety of over 12 types of handmade fudge. They allow their customers to mix and match, so you can try several varieties and only purchase one pound. They offer a special: ¼ pound of fudge free with every pound you purchase. With only a pound and a half of fudge, which was about $15, we bought 7 varieties of fudge. The standards, like plain chocolate, chocolate with walnuts, peanut butter swirl, and chocolate mint are offered alongside creative types of fudge like Rum Chocolate Walnut, Fudge with Butterfinger, Amaretto Chocolate Swirl, Heath English Toffee Chunks, Chocolate Malt, and Maple Nut. I really wish I could recommend which fudge was the best, but unfortunately there was not one we did not fall in love with.
From journal New Glarus: America’s Little Switzerland