Artcenter Market, Christchurch
UPDATE - unfortunately this has been closed since the February 2011 earthquakes.
Located in the back of the Art Center building, the Fudge Cottage is a small yet fully stocked sweets outlet. Regardless if you call them candies, sweets or lollies, the Fudge Cottage will have something for you.
The ladies were quite nice to explain some of the differences between their flavors. For example, not being a Kiwi myself, I did not know the subtle differences between Hokey Pokey and Russian Fudge. They ladies kindly explained and gave me some sample pieces.
What to buy: Obviously the namesake of the shop is fudge and with that, you cannot go wrong. But there are also chocolates and various other lollies.
If you check on the website, you can see that tours are also available at select times.
What to pay: Prices range depending on sizes, but typically start about $4NZ
One of the well-known fudge shops in Christchurch. Tiny place filled with all different flavours of fudge. Free tasting avaliable. The downside is you probably spend more time squeesing into the stores than browsing around.
Reminds me of the candy shops in olden English days. The ladies (assistants) are rather helpful.Fudge is not as sweet as what you think like eating caramel.
What to buy: Fudge in blocks.
What to pay: can't remember. Probably 3NZ dollars a small block.
An open market of (at least) 50 different stalls hawking anything from fur to chocolate to Maori pendants. Interesting place to browse around and spend some time in even if you don't plan to buy anything.
What to buy: Maori bone carvings, locally produced chocolates
What to pay: Depends
In the Christchurch Arts Centre there is a wee cottage where they sell fudge. They offer tours of the fudge kitchen daily. Fudgemaking is a traditional art nourished and kept alive in the ancient houses of Europe. Now you can experience first hand the art of the fudegemaker in their fully air conditioned kitchen. Taste the world's freshest fudge as it pours HOT onto the cooling table. Delicious flavours such as Bailey's Irish Liquer, Chocolate, Macadamia Nut, Manuka Honey Russian and Kiwifruit.
We went on this tour and were offered many samples of all these flavours ....they were all so mourish!!