The Remarkable Sweetshop (Queenstown)
39 Beach Street
Queenstown, New Zealand
+64 3 409 2630
I’m not someone who normally gets excited in candy stores (hah, can you imagine me as a little kid?) but Queenstown’s Remarkable Sweetshop (TRS) is an exception.
Named after The Remarkables mountain range and ski field, TRS is just as its namesake suggests: remarkable. For sweet lovers, TRS is what copper wires are to junkies in Melbourne’s west. That is, pure gold.
TRS came from humble beginnings in Arrowtown, a mountain village 20 minutes away from Queenstown. Since then, it has branched out to open a second store on tourist-y Beach Street on downtown Queenstown. I never got the chance to visit Arrowtown (ah next time) but I would have loved to visit TRS’s inaugural store after I’ve scoffed down a pie from Arrowtown Bakery.
TRS boasts an impressive range of imported lollies, enough to make any homesick Aussie, Yank or Pom expat weep in joy or a Kiwi just wanting his fix of Rashuns, Pinkie bars or gummy feijoa lollies.
They also have rows of chocolate truffles.
The homemade fudge, however, are the stars of the show. Made in-house, they’re creamy as hell and so, so delicious. Most of them go for NZD$5.80 (AUD$4.60) per 100 grams. You just pick as much as you want of any flavour and the shop assistant will weigh it up for you before packing it in some greaseproof paper. Not sure which flavour would tickle your fancy? The staff are always happy to offer you samples. We went here no less than three times during our stay in Queenstown and I’m pretty sure I went through more than half of the flavours on offer.
We’re not tight arses, of course. We did buy some fudge to nibble on for the duration of our trip. Pictured above are the maple nut, passionfruit, crème brûlée and apple pie fudges. We also had lemon meringue, tiramisu, caramel and coconut. My favourite ones were the maple nut fudge for its toffee flavours meshing well with the walnuts and the apple pie fudge, which almost tasted like a warm apple pie (and not the American Pie kind either). We also loved the passionfruit one for its tartness. I managed to take a box home for my family too (they have gift-wrapped ones available for NZD$22 for a box of four decently-sized squares) – my mum decided that her new flavour of the month was the Irish coffee fudge.
I may have had enough of fudge for quite a while but I wouldn’t hesitate to stock up on the stuff again the next time I’m in Queenstown. I loved every single flavour – even ‘boring’ chocolate was, let’s just say, remarkable.