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Award Winning Grandma’s Hot Fudge Sauce

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Very excited after being in business for less than six months to have won this prestigious award. Grandma’s Hot Fudge Sauce was a favorite among a variety of chocolate labs that tested the rich, creamy hot fudge sauce. It was especially enjoyed over kibbles and dipped in dog treats. It was awarded the two paw up trophy.

Molasses Sugar Cookies


              necklace and molasses cookies 008      This is a terrific recipe.

Reminds me of the cookies my grandma use to make and keep in a big glass cookie jar. This makes a very large batch. I’m sure they would freeze well.



1  1/2 cups shortening ( I used melted butter)  4 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups granulated sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup molasses 1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 eggs 1 teaspoon ground ginger
4 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt


                    Melt the shortening or butter, add to the sugar, eggs and molasses, beat well.

                    In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients and add to the mixture of wet ingredients. Mix well and chill for 3 hours or overnight.

                     Form into walnut size balls. (I used a small ice cream scoop)Roll in granulated sugar. Place on greased cookie sheet about two inches apart at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. (Don’t over bake)

                     Store in airtight container so they don’t get too crispy. Put a piece of bread in the container if they need to soften.                         



It Is What It Is

Don’t you love the name! It’s the latest store that is carrying Grandma’s Hot Fudge Sauce. It’s a great location in downtown Douglas, Mi. I’m looking forward to being back in the warmer months when I can check out their great outdoor area with a view of the water.

Lot’s of  gift ideas for a friend or yourself. I’ve got my eye on a couple of the fun wine towels!  It Is What It Is was started about four years ago by Katie Doucette and her mother. You’ll find lots of “Made In Michigan” items. Katie also makes a variety of signs that are way cute and can be personalized. If you can’t get into the store be sure to check out their website and you can order from there.

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It Is What It Is




Grandma's Hot Fudge Sauce

Grandma’s Hot Fudge Sauce


Grandma’s Hot Fudge Sauce Being Served

NMCAC’s Winter Dinner Series continues on Tuesday, March 25th at Grow Benzie. Three distinguished, local environmentalists will lead a panel discussion to define the crucial role trees play in the quality of our water.

Join David Milarch of Archangel Ancient Tree Archives (AATA), District Forester Kama Ross and Mike Jones of the Benzie Conservation District to discuss how trees filter water and provide a cleaning effect in our atmosphere and how forest management programs protect our water supply.

The dinner, which will begin at 6:00pm on March 25, 2014,will include a selection of hearty casseroles (including vegetarian), as well as seasonal salad, fresh bread, dessert and beverages. We are pleased to feature products from some of the entrepreneurs at Grow Benzie’s new incubator kitchen, including breads from Betsie Bay Breads and hot fudge sauce from In Great Taste! Grow Benzie will again host the event at their main facility on M-115 in Benzonia.  All area residents are welcome!
There is a suggested donation fee of $8/person with all “profits” going towards NMCAC’s 2014 Culinary Scholarship fund, to be awarded to a Benzie County student. NMCAC has already raised nearly $500 for our scholarship fund this year, thanks to all who have attended our previous events and contributed their expertise as keynote speakers!
Reservations are not required for this event. However, if you plan to attend, please send a simple (non-binding) reply to this email so that we can better estimate our food needs.

The Cheese Lady Muskegon

The Cheese Lady Muskegon is the latest store to be carrying Grandma’s Hot Fudge Sauce.

What a terrific store. The cheese selection is amazing and don’t be afraid to ask for a sample. Kathleen and her husband John along with their friendly staff are glad to help you. Lot’s of unique choices. The Mango Ginger Stilton is so yummy, almost tastes like a cheesecake.

The variety of merchandise is amazing. Lot’s of Michigan products along with great items from all over the world. They carry an extensive line of olive oils and vinegars. Once again tasting is encouraged.

Of course a cheese platter wouldn’t be complete with out olives and wine. Don’t worry they have that too!

Store Grandma's Hot Fudge Sauce

A little bit of Europe in Muskegon, Michigan


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Grandma’s Hot Fudge Sauce


Olive Oils and Vinegars to sample

Olive Oils and Vinegars to sample


Great Customer Service

What does great customer service have to do with Grandma’s Hot Fudge Sauce? Well we sure hope we provide great service but right now we want to compliment others on their great service.

Living in Michigan I always hear warnings about hitting a deer. Well this winter I got to share in the experience!

I had never filed an insurance claim so wasn’t sure how smoothly the process would go after hearing horror stories from others. I can’t say enough good things about Bayview Insurance. I made one phone call to let them know what had happened and they handled everything quickly and efficiently from there.

Sonny’s Body Shop did the repair work and they were terrific. Brought the car in for the estimate and they worked directly with the insurance company and everything was taken care of. When they were doing the repairs on the Jeep they found a couple other things that needed to be addressed so they made the insurance company aware of it and those repairs were done too. Not only did they do a terrific job on the repairs but they had it cleaned inside and out and it was immaculate. They did such a thorough job of cleaning they found a drivers license that I had been looking for for months!

 As a small business owner I feel it’s really important to compliment other business when they do something well. Be sure to spread the word about a good customer service experience you’ve had. It means a lot to us and it costs you nothing!


St. Francis Inn

hot fudge sauce at the inn

St. Francis Inn

hot fudge sauce at inn

Maybe Zeke will greet you


hot fudge sauce at the inn

Travis and Mike getting ready for a party

The St. Francis Inn is now carrying Grandma’s Hot Fudge Sauce in it’s gift center.

If you are looking for a great place to stay in St. Augustine, FL this is the place to be. A historic Inn built in 1791 with in walking distance to shopping, restaurant’s and attractions. Be sure to check out all the amenities they have to offer .Be prepared to be pampered. Before moving to Traverse City I was fortunate to have worked at the St. Francis Inn for over ten years so I can certainly vouch for what a great Inn this is.




Karla’s Place

Made in Michigan

Michigan Made


Hot fudge sauce

“Grandma’s Hot Fudge Sauce”


chocolate colored signs

A saying for every occasion!!

Just got back from a visit to Holland. No, not the Netherlands, Holland, MI. No passport needed.

Holland has lot’s to offer year round but shopping in the winter in great due to their heated sidewalks. Not a flake of snow to be found. Great for shopping or just taking a walk. Patches finally got to enjoy some outdoor time.

 When shopping in Holland you have to check out Karla’s Place. Lot’s of great things. Many are hand crafted and made in Michigan. The merchandise is always changing and you can always be assured a laugh or two.

 Stop in and say “hi” to Karla and her staff. Maybe you’ll be lucky to see her new puppy Kippy.


Crystal Crate and Cargo

Crystal Crate and Cargo is a must stop when in Beulah, Michigan.

Sally Berlin and her staff will make sure you find a great gift or something for yourself!

You will find everything from beautiful jewelry to every kitchen gadget imaginable. Check out the ceramic cutting knife. I bought one as a gift for someone who is a great cook and has every tool imaginable and he loved this knife.

I have been fortunate enough to have done two tastings of “Grandma’s Hot Fudge Sauce” at Crystal Crate and Cargo. One of the tastings we had mini hot fudge sundae’s and they were a real hit.

Lots of great ice cream choices-vanilla, orange and maple walnut all made with the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. What a great ice cream maker. Very easy to work with and use your imagination for whatever flavor of ice cream you’d like to make. I’m thinking chocolate with chunks of almond joy bars might be tasty!

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Sally and Shelly


Be sure to say “hi”from Tracey to Sally and her staff when you stop in.valentine ccc

Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies

rsz_website_cchip_cookies_003This is my go to chocolate chip cookie recipe. One of the things I love about it is the fact that you melt the butter so I don’t have to worry about remembering to take the butter out of the fridge to soften.


2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted 1 egg and 1 egg yolk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips  

 Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper

Sift together flour, baking soda and salt

Cream together the melted butter and sugars until well blended. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips. Use a tablespoon to scoop out dough and place on cookie sheet about two inches apart.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until edges are light brown. Cool on baking sheet for a couple minutes and then move to wire rack.

Be sure to enjoy one warm out of the oven!!