Widman’s Candy Shop

Candy Shop
One of the best

Widman’s is 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 a surprising 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 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.”

Note: Widman’s also is located in Grand Forks, ND, and Crookston, MN.

What to Eat
Widman’s Candy Shop, Chippers
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.
Widman’s Candy Shop, hot air
hot air
What Widman's calls hot air, Buffalo calls sponge candy. These are smaller and triangular in shape, but tastes just as good.
Widman’s Candy Shop, Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds
Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds
We were disappointed not to find chocolate covered wheat, but the sunflower seeds were a revelation!
Directions and Hours
open now
Monday9am - 5:30pm
Tuesday9am - 5:30pm
Wednesday9am - 5:30pm
Thursday9am - 5:30pm
Friday9am - 5:30pm
Saturday9:30am - 5pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating