Reimer’s Candies has opened a location in Oakhurst, bringing its fudge, chocolate turtles and pomegranate gelato to another part of the valley.
If you’re not familiar with Reimer’s, the family-owned business has been making chocolate at its Three Rivers location for more than 57 years. It also has a store in Avila on the central coast. A favorite of locals and a stop for tourists, Reimer’s makes 86 kinds of chocolate and 24 kinds of ice cream and gelato. (And many people might not know that about 30% of its business happens behind the scenes, with Reimer’s shipping out chocolate under other brand names to stores as far away as Staten Island.)
It’s definitely a yummy place to visit. The smell of waffle cones baking in the oven was wafting through the front door last week. The company uses local nuts and fruits, including peaches from the owners’ peach tree for its popular peach ice cream come summer.
The Oakhurst store is in a former office building that the family majorly revamped, adding its trademark red and white exterior. Reimer’s is on the way out of town as you’re north at 41969 Highway 41, right near El Cid Mexican restaurant. Keep reading for some photos from my visit there last week.
Reimer’s owner Mary Anne Bretz (center) with workers Savannah Rickman, left, and Nathalie Sahagun.
Last week, you could buy an 18-pound solid chocolate Easter bunny for $129.95.
Or a white chocolate fried egg: