Beerntsen’s Confectionery

Candy Shop | Ice Cream Parlor | Sandwich Shop | Small Town Café | Soda Fountain
One of the best

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.

A wide array of traditional and modern sandwiches compose the lunch menu, among the latter a Pretzel Dip (prime rib & juice on a pretzel roll), Grown-Up Grilled Cheese (with jalapenos), and a Tuscan Chicken Panini; and the Brat Plate is a Wisconsin classic. 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 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
Fairy food is brittle spun sugar enrobed in chocolate.
Beerntsen’s Confectionery, Hot Fudge Sundae
Hot Fudge Sundae
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
Chocolate bark with local cherries
Beerntsen’s Confectionery, Chocolate Lips
Chocolate Lips
Chocolate lips on a stick for Valentine's Day
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday10am - 8pm
Monday10am - 8pm
Tuesday10am - 8pm
Wednesday10am - 8pm
Thursday10am - 8pm
Friday10am - 8pm
Saturday10am - 8pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | | 1 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…

6 stops | 208 MILES | 3 hr 49 min

Eastern Wisconsin is a joyful place to visit … It is the might of Milwaukee and its diverse heritage, the still shores of Lake Michigan, the football-crazed city of Green Bay, and the summertime wonder of the Door County peninsula. Beer, of course, is a big deal in the city that's been home to Blatz,…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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