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Sweet treats in Spirit Lake

THURSDAY, OCT. 2, 2008

Knick-Knack Paddywhack will satisfy your fudge fix

Homemade fudge (mix and match): $10.98/pound; $5.49/half pound. Buy one pound, get a half pound free.

Fudge isn’t always fudgy.

On any given day, the confection behind the glass at Spirit Lake’s Knick-Knack Paddywhack can be orangey, minty, pebbled with cookie dough or even caffeinated.

“It depends on what mood I’m in,” said Debbie Blatchley, who owns and operates the fudge and ice cream shop and accompanying Spirit Lake Video with her daughter, Megan Krizenesky.

Though Blatchley, chief fudgemaker, orders ingredients and uses someone else’s recipe, she’s not afraid of “winging it” from time to time – adding her own special touches and seeking inspiration in the aisles of the grocery store.

“Mom’s always been crafty for as long as I can remember,” said Krizenesky, balancing her 1-year-old daughter, Zaylee, on her hip.

Zaylee, who spends days in the shop with her mother, has already developed a sweet tooth.

“She’s a third-generation fudge baby,” Blatchley says.

While Blatchley is the fudgemaker and the grandkids serve as official tasters, Krizenesky is the one with a penchant for picking out fun names.

She dubbed the store Knick-Knack Paddywhack – just because she’s always wanted to name something that.

The family’s limited liability corporation picks up the tune with the name Give The Dog a Bone.

If Krizenesky has the honor of naming something else, it’ll be “This Old Man Came Rolling Home” – after her quadriplegic father who rides his wheelchair throughout the town.

She dubbed the Rocky Road fudge Spooktacular and named the homemade chocolate candy cups (“Our version of Hershey’s kisses”) Maizee’s Moochies.

Moochies are what she calls the kisses she gets from her 2-year-old daughter, Maizee.

On this day, there are 10 varieties of fresh fudge: cappuccino, fudge with Butterfinger, cookie dough, maple nut, orange cream, mint cookie, chewy praline, spooktacular rocky road, walnut fudge and plain.

Athol’s Sharene Busby came by to use the fax machine – another service offered in addition to sweet fixes and movie rentals.

“They do have the best fudge, I have to say,” Busby said.

Her favorite?

“I think it’s the cappuccino,” she said. “The peanut butter and the cookie dough. The fudge with the Butterfingers. They’re all good.”

The family, longtime Spirit Lake residents, purchased the video shop and fudge business on Maine Street two years ago. A sign in front advertises free tastes. There’s a patio with seating for al fresco dessert.

There are a lot of regular customers, and come holiday season, the store runs Christmas specials, packaging fudge in decorative tins and taking care of the shipping, too.

Krizenesky received a phone call recently from a first-time customer who called later to report that Knick-Knack’s fudge was even better than the fudge sold at a candy store in downtown Coeur d’Alene.

She already put in her holiday order: Huckleberry fudge.

Reach Taryn Hecker at 818-0054 or by e-mail at


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