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Jul 8, 2012 09:01 PM

Best candy & bakeries in NE Wisconsin (GB/Manitowoc/Fox Valley)

I found this article, and I'm hoping to plan a little road trip visiting some great candy or chocolate shops and bakeries.

The article recommends:
Appleton: Wilmar Chocolates
Vande Walle’s Candies
Oshkosh: Oaks
Kiel: Roeck’s Bakery
Manitowoc: Beerntsens (family favorite - love the turtle sundaes!
)DePere: Seroogy’s
Green Bay: Kaap’s

I'm only familiar with Beerntsens and Seroogy's, and we've liked both, but especially Beerntsens, the cute shop, lunch, ice cream sodas, the sundaes, and chocolate and candy to go!
Any reviews of the ones on the list?

Any other places that should be on my list?
For my plans, it looks like Hughes and Wilmar's are both closed for the month, so I'd really love any other shops/bakeries that were missed!

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  1. If you're in Manitowoc, I HIGHLY recommend Hartmann's bakery (5 mins north of Beerntsen's). Hartmann's is a quintessential old-time bakery, with to-die-for donuts (don't miss the long johns, cruelers, or kalachis), and great breads, rolls, and cookies/bars/cupcakes. I've lived in the Twin Cities for 10 years, and I find it very hard not to make a special donut run to Hartmann's when I'm back visiting family.

    4 Replies
    1. re: BernieBrewer

      Thanks for the recommendation! We've been in Manitowoc quite a bit, but we've never seen Hartmann's. I'll go on the list, especially with the donuts. I haven't had good donuts in a long time!

      1. re: cookingofjoy

        COJ, did you ever make it to Hartmann's?

        1. re: BernieBrewer

          It's been a long time hitting the locations!

          We finally got to Hartman's just yesterday! We had a variety of donuts - long johns, one that was filled with poppyseed (my favorite), a few cinnamon rolls, and then some brownies. All very good and really reasonable (8 something for 6 donuts and 6 brownies). They were out of crullers, so we'll have to stop in again. They apologized for how empty the cases were, they were unexpectedly busy for the holiday. They were also really helpful and patient with the kids as they made their decisions. We also stopped at Bud Willmans, but they were closed. I didn't realize how close everything was to 43. We'll definitely stop again when we head up north. Definitely worth the short drive in - thanks for the recommendation!

          My mom had worked in Manitowoc around 1970, and from my description and location she thought Hartman's might have been a place she remembered that had filled chocolate cupcakes (I don't remember exactly what she called it - Yanni's?. She remembered it being off Waldo, on 11th). She has very fond memories of these cupcakes!

          1. re: cookingofjoy

            I know it was called Gilbert's in the 1980s, not sure about before that. Btw, if you tried to hit Bud's, shall I assume you're familiar with Late's?