Jim and Tawnya Shanklin,
owners of Waukesha sweet shop Allo! Chocolat, offer
handmade artisan chocolates and traditional goodies such
as caramels and tortue
(French for turtle).
Browsing a candy counter at a local confectionery and
breathing in the heavenly scent of chocolate brings
nostalgic delight to people of all ages.
metro Milwaukee area is home to a number of
independently owned and operated candy stores, which
offer friendly service. Many make products on site. From
truffles and chocolate figurines to Jujubes and rock
candy, these confectioneries offer sweet treats to
satisfy nearly all taste buds.
Candyman on Main, 121 N. Main St. in West Bend, has been
a staple of the city’s downtown for almost 40 years.
Owners Bill Laufer and Tom Meurer (whose family owned
Meurer Brothers Bakery) purchased the business about a
decade ago, but the shop, with its candy counters and
black-and-white tile floor, still retains a nostalgic
Candyman sells holiday truffles, chocolate soldiers and
stars, sea salt caramels, and classic candies like
Jujubees and candy raisins. One of the store’s newest
offerings is the wildly popular edible
peppermint-flavored shot glass. The shop also carries
nuts and cheese popcorn, and ice cream in the
Laufer, who considers Candyman to be “one of the last
old-fashioned candy stores,” makes it a mission to offer
personalized service to his customers. The shop is happy
to customize any gift box, be it for a child, relative,
friend or corporate client.
Laufer noted that this type of service can’t be found on
call this ‘the Candyman experience,’” he added.
Owners Tom Meurer, left, and Bill Laufer are seen
through a display glass of chocolates as they pose for a
photo at the Candyman on Main in West Bend.
Chocolat, 234 W. Main St. in Waukesha, 262544-8030,
carries handmade artisan chocolates, caramel apples, and
other goodies, among them sea salt and regular caramels,
and tortue (French for “turtle” or “tortoise”).
“These are the old standbys everybody loves,” said
Tawnya Shanklin, who owns Allo! Chocolat with her
husband, Jim. The couple purchased the business from
Roger and Carrie Igielski in 2017.
Chocolat also sells festive gift boxes and baskets, gift
cards, and gift certificates good for classes, including
“Ganache 101” and “Small Batch Desserts.”
holidays “are our biggest and busiest time,” added
Shanklin. Allo! Chocolat maintains an online presence
and ships items nationwide. For information on candy and
Elephant Chocolate, 333 N. Broadway St., Milwaukee,
414-431-5509, sells a variety of handmade chocolates,
including specialty truffles (even cheddar cheese!)
chocolate figurines, and snacks including cheese
variety of confections is available at Rocky Mountain
Chocolate Factory in Delafield.
Indulgence Chocolatiers sells handmade artisan truffles
and specialty chocolates. The shop, which also offers
wine, cheese and chocolate-pairing classes, has three
locations, 211 S. 2nd St. in Milwaukee, 414-223-0123,
6538 W. North Ave. in Wauwatosa, 414-323-4200, and 4525
N. Oakland Ave. in Shorewood, 414-332-2749. For more
www.indulgencechocolatiers.com. Wauwatosa contains
three candy stores within about a mile radius, one of
which opened nearly a century ago.
Ultimate Confections, 820 N. 68th St., has been in
business since 1990 and in its current space since 1994.
Located within a cluster of quaint shops in Wauwatosa’s
Jacobus Park neighborhood, the shop customizes gift
boxes for customers and sells many holiday tins.
“We’re always trying to do something new,” said Pat
Murphy, who co-owns Ultimate Confections with Lori
more information, call 414-778-0636, or visit
Since 1919, Niemann’s Candies and Ice Cream, 7475
Harwood Ave., 414-7744940, has been creating treats your
parents and grandparents grew up with, using old family
Fairy food, hand-pulled candy canes, caramel turtles,
almond butter toffee, and rum balls are among the shop’s
popular treats. Niemann’s also carries nuts and holiday
gift box sets.
Tabal Chocolate, 7515 Harwood Ave., 414-585-9996, opened
its doors in April 2017.
Tabal (Mayan for “relationship”) produces its own
chocolate using cocoa beans sourced from Mexico and
Central and South America. The shop partners with many
local businesses and international nonprofit
shop also serves hot chocolate, coffee and espresso
drinks, and sells gift packages, mugs, T-shirts. For
budding chocolatiers, Tabal offers a variety of
more information on classes, or to place an order, visit