Waiting in line at Schneider’s Sweet Shop is an experience unto itself. The sweet smell of chocolate and sugar is unmistakable. In the summer it hangs in the humid air like a coat on a coat rack. Soon you’re swooning under it. Then, rapturously, you’re mowing down those scoops of ice cream bite by creamy bite.
Or maybe it’s a malt. Or a snowball. Or an Easter egg. Or, if you are so lucky, an opera cream candy…
In any event, that experience of waiting in line at Schneider’s is one the residents of Bellevue, Kentucky have been enjoying (and I do mean enjoying) for nearly 80 years. Yes, the shop was opened in 1939 by Rob “The Candy Man” Schneider, and it looks and functions today much the same as it did then. It is, in no uncertain terms, a throwback.
That’s not to discount the improvements made by Rob’s son, Jack Schneider, who took over the business in 1986. Those improvements include two made recently: the expansion of the backroom factory and the addition of a side patio for summertime hangouts.
Even so, Jack takes tremendous pride in doing things the way his father did them, using the same recipes, employing the same techniques, and, of course, never skimping on ingredients. He also works the same late hours as his father, cranking out as many seasonal delights as he can. And he passes on his knowledge to his children just the same.
Thank goodness he does. Those recipes are as valuable as it gets, especially the opera cream candies which are, so far as I can tell, unique to Schneider’s. And the snowballs, which certainly aren’t unique, but are uniquely delicious.
The same, it seems, could be said of everything here: chocolates, fudges, caramels, cordial cherries, pecan turtles, ice cream, ice balls, malts, shakes, floats, sundaes, banana splits, fresh sodas, and much more.
It’s a veritable bonanza of delectable sweets, and if a line is all that’s stopping you, well, it’s worth the wait.
Schneider’s Sweet Shop is located at 420 Fairfield Avenue, Bellevue, Kentucky. For more information, visit their website.