Everyone who knows me knows how much I love chocolate. While I can be briefly satisfied with Hershey's kisses or a Hershey bar, and happier longer with Dove Chocolates or Ritter Sport, for the real chocolate gusto, I go to Lindy Sue's.
Lindy Sue's is an old-fashioned soda fountain/lunch place in the front part of Mandan Drug, in Mandan, ND, right across the Missouri River from my home in Bismarck. In addition to the soda fountain with fantastic ice cream, Lindy Sue's makes their own chocolates, and while they sell them mostly from the store, they are available in a few stores around the state, and online at www.lindysue.com . My photo shows the Lewis&Clark bar, a solid milk chocolate bar that retails for about 75 cents. There are other bars with names relating to the Lewis & Clark expedition (1804-1806; they spent a winter about 30 miles from here at a fort the built and named Fort Mandan), but the highlight of the store is the chocolate case.
They have truffles, caramels, creams, nuts, chocolate mints -- you name it. I'm no novice to fine chocolate; I grew up with a Fanny Farmer store in town, and lived in Nevada, where I visited the Ethel M factory (if you've ever been to Las Vegas, you've probably seen Ethel M chocolates), and been to California and gone to See's candy stores, and the Lindor store at Mall of America, and agree that those are wonderful too. I may be a little biased, but I truly think that Lindy Sue's tops them all.
I put "Pride of Dakota" in the title because Lindy Sue's chocolates are one of the North Dakota-made products to earn that coveted title. Pride of Dakota products are sold at Pride of Dakota shops in major cities as well as small but tourist-y Medora. They range from beef to pasta to jams and syrups, and some well-made craft items as well (not the crappy stuff we sometimes find at "arts and crafts shows;" you know the kind, where you wonder why anyone would make it, but even more head-scratching at who would possibly want to buy it!). I use only Pride of Dakota pasta, and it's better than all the stuff with Italian names (and btw, most Italian pasta is made from North Dakota durum wheat -- we feed the world!).
If you're in North Dakota, take time to stop in Mandan and visit Lindy Sue's, where the chocolates are hand-made. If you just can't get here, visit Lindy Sue on-line. But have it shipped in the winter -- it would be a shame if your wonderful chocolate melted on its way to you!