If you have a sweet tooth, hop in your car and head straight to Oshkosh. Oshkosh is home to a remarkable assortment of great places to get something sweet to eat. Here are the city’s oldest and most revered purveyors of sugary goodness.
Carmel Crisp & Café has been plying Oshkosh visitors and residents with sweet treats since 1933. The café’s menu includes a mind-boggling variety of goodies. The first thing you’ll want to try is the caramel corn, a recipe unchanged since the café was founded. Then, move on to a piece of pie, a cupcake, a cookie or a dessert bar. If you still have room, try an ice cream cone—their Zanzibar chocolate ice cream is perhaps the most chocolaty treat you’ll ever experience. Or, if you’re old-fashioned and insist on dinner before dessert, the Caramel Crisp & Café offers a complete lunch menu of deli-style salads, soups and sandwiches.
Located at 1823 Doty Street, Hughes Homaid Chocolate Shop (920-231-7232) serves up some truly marvelous chocolates. This humble shop is located in a basement in a residential neighborhood. But don’t let that fool you – this shop makes some of the best candy in the world. Crack into a piece of their toffee and you’ll be an instant convert. With admirers from all over the Midwest, the Hughes Homaid Chocolate Shop takes you back to another time when craftsmanship was king. Sink your teeth into a peanut butter cup. Let their homemade caramel dissolve in your mouth. You’re going to be hooked.
If you’re looking for something sweet to eat, you need to hightail it to Oaks Candy Store at 9 Waugoo Avenue or Oaks Candy Corner at 1200 Oregon Street. Established in 1890, Oaks Candy is truly an old-fashioned shop, with a mind-boggling variety of candy and all the delightful sights and smells you’d expect. Meltaways, nut-rolled candies, soft centers, fudge, clusters and candy bars – you’ll find it all. There’s even a healthy supply of roasted nuts for you to enjoy. In addition to chocolate delights, you’ll find a colorful variety of specialty candies. These two shops are amazing.