A trip to Ridgefield, Connecticut would not be complete without a visit to the quintessential ice cream parlor and candy mecca that is Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe
I’ll never forget my first visit to Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe. It was a warm spring afternoon. I arrived just as the local schools were letting out for the day. The sidewalk was buzzing with children dropping their backpacks and running into the store to grab some treasured treats, much like the opening scene in the original Willy Wonka movie. I proceeded to walk in and saw the magic myself and I was hooked. It was as if I had stepped back in time. Much of Ridgefield is like a Norman Rockwell painting and Deborah Ann’s sends you back to that simpler time where you can forget about life for a moment and just be a kid again.
Offerings span from homemade chocolates, fudge, and ice cream. There is even an entire room devoted to nostalgic candies and gummy treats. I am always looking for fun and interesting food experiences and packaging. During one of my recent visits to the shop/food safari, I noticed a wall of cotton candy made by Chocolate Storybook. The brand’s assortment offers upwards of 50 flavors including sweet and savory delights like Bacon, BBQ sauce, Atomic Fire, Pancake and Syrup, Frosted Donut, PBJ, seasonal desserts and fruits, merlot, and even a gender reveal option. The most unusual flavor however was Trump hair! The jury is still out on that one. You can add these to the list of memorable hybrid sweet treats trending these days.
No matter what your dessert preference is, there is something for everyone at Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe. This place is a gem and not to be missed!
Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe
381 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877