Beerntsen’s Confectionery

Candy Shop | Ice Cream Parlor | Sandwich Shop | Small Town Café | Soda Fountain
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For looks alone, Beerntsen’s is worth a detour. A charming 1930s-vintage candy shop and soda fountain with a striped awning out front and handsome dark woodwork inside, it has mesmerizing confectionery shelves up front and a cozy dining area in back, the two spaces separated by an elaborately carved archway.

Pleasant sandwiches are available — we very much enjoyed our bratwurst — but the prime target of Beerntsen’s is a sweet tooth. Some of the favorite ice cream fancies are a Sweetheart (caramel, vanilla ice cream, marshmallow, crushed nuts) and a Sunset (strawberry and vanilla ice cream, pineapple, marshmallow, crushed nuts). Even the “ordinary” hot fudge sundaes and banana splits are memorable.

Up front are more than a hundred different kinds of hand dipped candy including a chocolate cosmetology set (brush, mirror, hair dryer), smoochies (like Hershey’s kisses, but bigger), raspberry and vanilla seafoam dainties and – piece de resistance – a bon bon known as fairy food, which is a two inch square of brittle spun sugar shrouded in chocolate, either creamy milk or intoxicating dark.

What to Eat
Beerntsen’s Confectionery, Fairy Food
Fairy Food
Must-Try
Fairy food is a favorite candy especially in the heartland. It is brittle spun sugar, lighter than air, enrobed in chocolate. This is milk chocolate. Dark chocolate also is available. (buffetbuster photo)
Beerntsen’s Confectionery, Hot Fudge Sundae
Hot Fudge Sundae
Must-Try
Hot fudge sundae is served with the fudge in a separate container so you can pour it on or spoon it up as you wish.
Beerntsen’s Confectionery, Cherry Bark
Cherry Bark
Glorious chocolate bark, made using dried local cherries and roasted almonds. (photo from Beerntsen's website)
Beerntsen’s Confectionery, Chocolate Lips
Chocolate Lips
Chocolate lips on a stick for Valentine's Day (photo from Beerntsen's website)
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday10am - 10pm
Monday10am - 10pm
Tuesday10am - 10pm
Wednesday10am - 10pm
Thursday10am - 10pm
Friday10am - 10pm
Saturday10am - 10pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 150 MILES | 2 hr 52 min

Sheboygan to Fish Creek

The drive north from Milwaukee is a grand taste of Wisconsin. First stop: Sheboygan, renowned for its butchers' brats (rhymes with hots, short for bratwurst), cooked over charcoal at the Charcoal Inn. In Manitowoc, Beerntsen's Confectionery cooks candy in vintage copper kettles and hand-dips toffee, turtles, and chocolate-coated sugar…

Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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