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Get a chocolate fix on Marco

By Joan Kelly

For more than 27 years The Chocolate Strawberry has provided homemade chocolate and ice cream treats on Macro Island. It is now located just down from Cocomo’s at 937 N Collier Blvd.


You name it, owner Nigel Redwood has it. He is branching out into new chocolate dips like Gummy Bear, graham crackers, Twinkie and potato chips dipped in chocolate. You never know what will be dipped next. “ I’ll try it and see if it works,” Nigel said.


You can order white, milk or dark chocolate. Chocolate strawberries, low sugar chocolate treats are made.

Bev Nordmann came in for a variety of chocolates to give as a hostess gift. “I come here for the quality. I won’t go anywhere else,” she explained.


Two flavors of soft serve are now on the menu along with an entire section devoted to premium homemade ice cream including sugar-free. Other ice cream choices are cones, waffle cones or bowls, sprinkles, sundaes, banana splits. Yogurt, low calorie and low fat will soon be available.


The sign next to the gelato gives customers a complete story. “Gelato is Italian ice cream made with all natural ingredients and less butter fat than premium ice cream. In fact it has less than half the fat of regular ice cream and less than half the calories.”


Milk shakes, smoothies, coffee, tea, milk and Coke products are also available.


Think of a shape and it is probably in the case. He has molds for all kinds of shapes, sea shells to gators including some unexpected shapes. They are a great addition to a party.


The store is full of gifts, taffy, toys, Florida candies and Leaning Tree Cards. There is limited seating. Hours 11 to 9:30 daily except Sunday 12 to 9:30. Phone 239-394-5999.


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