Napa: Vintage Sweet Shoppe - Shave ice, Yocream tart yogurt, chocolate-covered wine bottles, truffles, fudge, and hot dogs
Every time I walk in this shop that makes chocolates, I like it more and more.
On a scorching early October day, I was at Sweetie Pies for a piece of their cabernet grape pie. I wandered into Vintage Sweets next door to see what was there.
There is a case full of chocolates that are made at the shop, a separate case with pans of just made fudge in a dozen flavors, a little hot dog machine in the corner, a frozen yogurt machine, a shave ice machine and all sorts of gifts and candies.
I forgot what type of hot dog they use, but it is a good brand.
It struck me as touristy, but the staff was just so nice and the fact that they made their own chocolates ... well, I bought some chocolate bark and truffles.
Did I mention scorching hot day? By time I got home, the bark was very soft and the truffles lost their shape. I put them in the fridge to make them less ... liquid.
I was thinking that the truffle was a lot better than Annette's, but given the abuse the chocolate took, I thought I'd wait to report until visiting again.
Yesterday I bought a summer cabernet truffle from Annette's ($1.75) and cabernet truffle from Vintage ($1.95).
Neither has a strong wine flavor. I did like the Vintage truffle a bit better which is a third larger than Annette's and decorated with a red squiggle. The shell isn't as thick and the ganache more buttery.
I FINALLY tried one of those tart frozen yogurts. There were a half dozen toppings, but I just got a plain I can see the attraction to this type of yogurt. Will have to try more to see how they compare.
Here's a little article about the owner. It doesn't say a lot about the shop, but it explains how those attractive wine bottles are made ...
"First the wine bottle is shrinkwrapped, then the bottle is covered in chocolate, except for the label. As you pull the shrink wrap off the chocolate breaks away from the bottle in curved pieces."
And it is good chocolate. Haven't tried the wine bottle, but the other stuff I had was good. It is no artisan chocolate, but everyday choclate something like See's. There are also some fun items like chocolate covered marshmallow lollipops.
You can see a little of the chocolate making through a small window. There are two small tables in the shop.
There is another store in Vacaville in the Nut Tree.
It is also nice to walk in a shop and be greeted with a smile. In the above article link, the owner, Debbie Dever, is asked what she would change about her business. She replies "For more customers to know how much I appreciate and enjoy them"
I don't know. I already knew that from my first two visits. I look forward to stopping by again ... next time, a piece of fudge.
Vintage Sweet Shoppe
530 Main St, Napa, CA
Vintage Sweet Shoppe
1663 E Monte Vista Ave, Vacaville, CA