National Fudge Day 2018 – The Smoky Mountains is the Place to Be!

It’s the holiday to hold every sweet tooth and holiday candy lover over until Halloween and Christmas: National Fudge Day! Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are the places to be during this delectable day celebrating something that the Smoky Mountains does so well. CREAMY FUDGE – every flavor you can imagine – waits in candy stores and shops all around the Smoky Mountains. Peanut butter, chocolate, Snickers, red velvet, chocolate chip…all made fresh daily and filling the streets with a sweet aroma.

Pick up your National Fudge Day treats and enjoy your dreamy treasure while rocking on the back porch looking out over miles of mountain views or pack it into your picnic cooler to enjoy for dessert after working up an appetite while whitewater rafting on the Pigeon River. Fudge and the Smoky Mountains go hand-in-hand because the ole’ southern way of making it yourself makes for some of the best fudge you can find during 2018’s National Fudge Day!

You will see stores selling the locally made divine treat, but to truly experience this magically sweet and smooth treat at its finest, visit some of the best candy shops in eastern Tennessee found only a short drive from your Pigeon Forge, TN Cabin. Here are our top 5 Favorite Smoky Mountain candy makers:

  1. Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen
    632 Parkway
    Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    Open Daily 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Home to the original Taffy Logs, Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen is also well-known for some of the smoothest, most mouthwatering fudge and other delicious treats. Any given day, meander into the shop right off the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg to discover Ole Smoky candy makers as they are pouring the milk chocolate, heating creations in the big brick stove, and stretching the taffy. The Alpine-style architecture and colorful interiors lend visitors an authentic Swiss-mountain candy shop atmosphere with incredible sweet Southern delights to match.

  2. Big Rock Candy Kitchen
    141 The Island Dr #4104
    Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
    Open Daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday)

    Located in the fun-hub of Pigeon Forge at The Island, Big Rock Candy Kitchen is an impressive candy shop and a heaven to any person with a sweet tooth. Pick up your National Fudge Day treat and head to the musical fountains where a spectacular show of music, lights, and water go on display every 15 minutes! Tap your feet and bob your head to the music in between each delicious bite of homemade fudge before heading to the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel or trying your wits at The Escape Game.

  3. Old Mill Candy Kitchen
    177 Old Mill Ave
    Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
    Open Daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (until 8 p.m. on Sunday)

    Built in the original location of the iron forge for which the city earned its name, Old Mill Candy Kitchen of Pigeon Forge is filled from wall to wall with mouthwatering delights. Amongst the historical Old Mill District shops and restaurant, the Old Mill Candy Kitchen is the perfect stop after your savory southern meal in in the Old Mill Restaurant and shopping throughout souvenir shops and stores of handmade Smoky Mountain art. However, you could also live by the saying, “Life is short, eat dessert first,” and stop by for your National Fudge Day delectable before sitting down to a delicious meal of Southern fried chicken and cornbread at The Mill Restaurant!

  4. Mountaineer Kandy Kitchen
    1001 Parkway #6
    Gatlinburg, TN 37738

    Before riding the scenic mountain lift to Ober Gatlinburg, stop by this lovely family owned and operated candy shop nestled in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg. In addition to the knowledgeable staff and owners (who are often present), the sweet smells of chocolate and caramel will have you believing you have died and gone to fudge and candy heaven. Smooth and flavorful, their fudge and customer service have visitors raving and proclaiming Mountaineer Kandy Kitchen as the “best candy shop in the Smokies!” The smells will have you floating to their doors unconsciously, and your eyes will light up at the sweetness nirvana you will find!

  5. Comedy Barn
    2775 Parkway
    Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
    Open Daily 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    Okay, we know we said candy makers, but this fudge comes with a side-splitting hilarious show! Pick up your savory fudge in the gift shop before enjoying the award-winning family comedy show full of magicians, ventriloquists, jugglers, live animals, and quirky mountain-folks that will keep you laughing for 2 straight hours. Your National Fudge Day treat is the cherry on top of this incredibly hilarious hoopla; what better way to celebrate your love of fudge than with such a jubilant show to follow?

Spend your National Fudge Day this 2018 in a Pigeon Forge Cabin where you can delve into your favorite flavor fudge while riding the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel in The Island, watching the river slowly rotate the historical mill in The Old Mill District, or laughing at the shenanigans of country characters at the Comedy Barn. Find heavenly fudge in Pigeon Forge any day of the year, where National Fudge Day can be celebrated year-round and bring your fudge back to the cabin to savor every bite while savoring your dreamy mountain views.