By Emilie Nadler
Patti and Ken Dumas have been making homemade ice cream at their parlor Bobby Sue's in Freedom. Now they've opened a sweet shop and fudge factory named Pattikens in West Ossipee.
They started selling fudge at their ice cream parlor a few years ago but now their new shop, opened in April, is completely devoted to fudge and other sweet treats. Patti says Ken surprised her with the shop on Valentines Day. "[Ken] handed me the keys to this place and he said, 'Most women get a box of chocolates for Valentines Day but you get a whole sweet shop.'"
At Pattikens they make all of their own fudge, and, as Ken says, "We have such a variety of flavors." On the day of this reporter's visit, Patti was in the back whipping up a fresh batch of creamsicle fudge.
Patti says, "We try to make up different flavors on our own. We get suggestions from customers and we try them out. Maple bacon is one of the ones I tried [making] and it was absolutely delicious!"
Ken and Patti also offer flavors like pistachio, raspberry chocolate, peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter, coconut bon bon and red velvet to name a few. And if you're thinking about a gift, they're happy to ship fudge.
Pattikens has a variety of other goodies. Though not made fresh at the shop like the fudge, all of the other treats are hand-picked and tasted by both Patti and Ken. They have cupcakes, penny candy, jam, local New Hampshire maple syrup and honey, chocolates from Haven's Candies in Westbrook, Maine and other tasty treats.