Sanders' Flagship Store Gets a Sweet Update

The Clinton Township candy shop boasts two chocolate fountains


Published:

A trip to Sanders has been a treat for Michigan kids (and their elders) for generations. And of all the tempting concoctions, the hot fudge cream puff has been the epitome of the experience, ever since Fred Sanders Schmidt shed his last name to become just Fred Sanders, and establish his brand that has fed the local sweet tooth since 1875.

Despite many other temptations for dessert lovers, the pastry filled with ice cream and dripping with glossy dark chocolate has always reigned supreme among the treats (although some might make a strong argument for the Bumpy Cake).

The tradition continues under the Sanders name, although the company has been owned by Morley’s Candy for 15 years now. Morley’s is no slouch itself, having been established in 1919.

The eye-catching timbered building in Clinton Township was recently turned into Sanders’ completely updated chocolate and ice cream store and headquarters. It’s a handsome building Sanders and Morley Candy Makers President Ron Rapson calls “Old Bavarian style,” with its rustic timbers against a white background atop a brick foundation.

And at that store, the kids of today get an experience that earlier generations couldn’t have imagined. The building on Hall Road (M-59) offers much more than a soda fountain — though it does have the marble counters and shelves stacked with boxes of candy.

And how about not one, but two, chocolate fountains? And there’s a glassed-in kitchen, where patrons can get a first-hand look at what goes into mixing the chocolate and making the cookies and signature cream puffs.

The observation deck is open daily, and guided tours are also available. The only things not made on the premises are the ice cream and Bumpy Cake (which are made in a separate facility). There are 50 seats and a large outdoor seating area in suitable weather.

The Sanders name is known not just locally, but across the country now. Michigan, however, is still the only place to find Sanders stores.

But there’s only one like the flagship.


23770 Hall Rd., between Gratiot Ave, and North Groesbeck Hwy., Clinton Township; 586-464-5372; sanderscandy.com. 9 a.m-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. 

 

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

Designer Taste

A quaint Ferndale shop sells exotic cheese, chocolate, and charcuterie

All-Day Breakfast at Troy's First Watch

A Lebanese Take on Classic American Favorites

A Taste of Paris

Cannelle Patisserie chef Matt Knio’s baked goods are turning up in restaurants and markets across metro Detroit

Mission BBQ Opens in Troy

A new restaurant serves summer favorites with a side of patriotism year-round
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Top Docs List 2018
  2. Memories of Miya
    Citizen Yoga founder, Kacee Must Leeb reflects on her sister’s suicide, its impact on her...
  3. Introducing the Piekie
    These cookie-shaped pies win big on-screen and off
  4. The Sixth Man
    A youth basketball coach teaches lessons on and off the court
  5. Seeking Support
    Like many metro areas across the U.S., finding a therapist in and around Detroit can prove to be...
  6. Therapy in the Digital Age
    New innovations that revolutionize traditional approaches to counseling
  7. Food Recipe: Chili
    Michael Keys, of Red Crown in Grosse Pointe Park, shares his favorite chili recipe
  8. Author's Cuisine
    At M Cantina in Dearborn, Junior Merino is creating a new kind of Mexican cuisine that is...
  9. Mending Migraines
    Nausea, excruciating head pain, sensitivity to light and noise: The oppressiveness of the list of...
  10. Seeing Clearly
    The co-founders behind Genusee on making eyewear with a mission