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Inspired by an old family peanut brittle recipe and encouragement from family and friends, Lori Presser put her culinary skills, which she acquired at Milwaukee Area Technical College, to the test.
Back in 1990, while experimenting with the peanut brittle recipe, Lori and her business partner, Pat Murphy, tried spreading peanut butter on the peanut brittle and dipped it in chocolate. “Wow,” they said, “This is an amazing combination.” Next, they tried pecans in place of peanuts in the brittle, smothered the pieces with caramel, and then dipped it in chocolate. And, just like that, peanut butter brittle and turtle brittle earned their names and Ultimate Brittle was born.
During the early years, the business was run out of an industrial-equipped, church kitchen. To get the “word” out, they worked their connections in the Milwaukee restaurant scene and began participating in every craft show they could fit into their schedule.
Eventually, they began to experiment with various nuts, fruits, cream centers, different combinations of milk, dark and white chocolates. To promote the ever-expanding line of chocolate confections, the name was eventually changed to Ultimate Confections. In the fall of 1994, Ultimate Confections opened its store on 68th Street, in the heart of the Wauwatosa, Wisc., just minutes from downtown Milwaukee.
Ultimate Confections’ popularity has grown tremendously throughout the years and continues to grow. They are a staple at the Wisconsin State Fair, Summerfest, local craft fairs, chocolate and sweet-themed events in southeastern Wisconsin, other ethnic festivals. They can even be found in local businesses hosting pop-up shops during the holidays.
Ultimate Confections has received numerous awards, including Wisconsin State Fair Seal of Excellence awards for its gourmet hand-dipped chocolates from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture. They continue to be recognized in local newspapers, in social media and in the magazine, Taste of Home.
They love to give back to their community by providing support to local organizations and groups with their fundraising efforts and participating in sampling events. Since the beginning of 2019, they have been selling $2 chocolate police badges with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Milwaukee Police Association’s Fallen Hero Fund. To date, Ultimate Confections has donated more than $15,000.
Don’t forget to visit the shop to see what fabulous confections you might like to try. You may even be able to sample the latest chocolate treat the candy kitchen the next time you visit the store.