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Widman's Candy Shop

4325 13 Ave. SW, Fargo, ND - (701) 281-8664
Posted By Michael Stern on 11/3/2005 10:30:00 PM
Widman’s is especially well-known for its unusual chocolate-covered savories that represent some of North Dakota’s crops: wheat nuts, soybeans, sunflower seeds, and – best of all – potato chips. The chocolate-covered chips are called chippers, and they are an amazing harmony of sweet and salt, melting chocolate and crunchy fried potato. Chippers are available enrobed in milk chocolate or semi-sweet dark chocolate, as well as white chocolate bark.

Other than the weirdly addictive chippers, our personal favorite among Widman's candies is the one known as "hot air." Known elsewhere as sea foam or fairy food, these are chunks of crunchy spun molasses coated in chocolate. They quite literally melt in your mouth.

It is a joy to stop in the little candy store in Fargo to inhale its chocolaty aroma and sample some of everything. But if you’re not in the neighborhood, Widman’s will mail chocolates by the pound and gift box. Because of the high holiday demand, Widman’s suggests placing Christmas orders by November 1st. (A small catalogue brochure is available.) Because chocolate melts in hot weather, mail-order sales are available only between October 1 and May 1. As the lady behind Widman’s counter told us, “If you are comfortable, the candy will be, too.”

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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We were disappointed not to find chocolate covered wheat, but the sunflower seeds were a revelation!
"We were disappointed not to find chocolate covered wheat, but the sunflower seeds were a revelation!"
Cliff Strutz





Regular chippers.  As good as the crispy ruffled chips are, it is the high quality of the chocolate that makes these such a special treat.
"Regular chippers. As good as the crispy ruffled chips are, it is the high quality of the chocolate that makes these such a special treat. "
Cliff Strutz


What Widman's calls hot air, Buffalo calls sponge candy.  These are smaller and triangular in shape, but tastes just as good.
"What Widman's calls hot air, Buffalo calls sponge candy. These are smaller and triangular in shape, but tastes just as good."
Cliff Strutz


Being a fan of dark chocolate, these chippers were the standout.
"Being a fan of dark chocolate, these chippers were the standout."
Cliff Strutz


Among the other unusual items for sale are chocolate covered jalapenos, pickles and olives.
"Among the other unusual items for sale are chocolate covered jalapenos, pickles and olives."
Cliff Strutz


Bags full of different flavored chippers for easy carrying.
"Bags full of different flavored chippers for easy carrying."
Cliff Strutz


The Fargo store interior.  The saying on the wall on the left says, 'When the Clock struck 12:00, All the World turned into Chocolate!
"The Fargo store interior. The saying on the wall on the left says, 'When the Clock struck 12:00, All the World turned into Chocolate!"
Cliff Strutz


Historical photos on the wall of the Fargo location include an image of the original Dubuque, IA store.
"Historical photos on the wall of the Fargo location include an image of the original Dubuque, IA store."
Cliff Strutz



""Home of the famous Chocolate Covered Potato Chips""
Michael Stern


The Fargo location is in a large shopping center.
"The Fargo location is in a large shopping center."
Cliff Strutz


The Grand Forks location in 2014.
"The Grand Forks location in 2014."
Cliff Strutz



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