True confections: Mother-daughter duo invite you for fudge at their Sweet Prairie Home

BY SHERREL JONES, sherrel@justdelish.com Modified: May 6, 2014 at 3:49 pm •  Published: May 7, 2014

If you’re looking for something sweet for Mom, what could be better than locally made fudge from a mother-daughter team?

You’ll find that kind of gift on historic Route 66 across the street from Southern Nazarene University at Sweet Prairie Home, 3933 N College Ave. Packed with plenty of flavor and made fresh in-house daily, the silky fudge has an aroma of sweet chocolate and vanilla that greets you the instant you open the door of this pretty little shop where Imalee Crow and her daughter Annette Gunter confect it daily.

They started renting commercial kitchen time in downtown Oklahoma City before they found their space in Bethany. Since the end of January, they have been making 72 to 108 pounds daily in their commercial kettle on the premises near Cedarburg Square in Bethany.

They feature more than 200 recipes that expand on the traditional chocolate varieties of fudge. Butter and cream dominate at Sweet Prairie Home, but Crow and Gunter don’t limit themselves to large thick slabs of sliceable fudge.

They make to order molded shapes for weddings, corporations and events, and they sometimes even cater fudge buffets. Their dipped marshmallows, pretzels and Granny Smith Fudge-Kist Apples come with a variety of creative fudge coatings.

“If it will stand still, we’ll dip it,” Gunter said.

The pair enjoy working with customers to create fudge layering combinations such as chocolate with cherry walnut fudge on top or caramel between layers of vanilla fudge. As any chocolate lover knows, chocolate has an affinity with a variety of flavors. With a multitude of recipes on hand, Sweet Prairie Home can create an infinite number of combinations to your own wishes. I would encourage you to stop by and sample before going creative, as it always has 15 to 20 varieties made up.

Before I sampled some of the fudge on hand and talked with Crow, I thought fudge was mostly something we enjoyed for the holidays. Crow said they offer several seasonal fudges, even for summer, including Lemon Meringue, Strawberry Lemonade and Fudge Cheesecake. In the fall there is of course pumpkin fudge and peppermint and cranberry.

I was there as Gunter was making a custom order of small fudge hearts for a wedding.

They were also busy packaging boxes of fudge for Mother’s Day gifts.

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If You Go

Sweet Prairie Home Fudge

Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Address: 3933 N College Ave. in Bethany.

Phone: 818-0833.

Online: facebook.com/sweetprairiehome.

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