Press Release

Mandy Carr
Director of Public Relations
The Fudge Factory

 Sheri Erfourth
The Fudge Factory
Monday, Aug. 2, 2010

Oil spill has no effect on Fudge Factory customers

Across the west coast of Florida tourist spots have been worried about BP’s oil spill affecting their business. Lucky for the Fudge Factory, it hasn’t affected the flow of traffic into its store.

Sheri Erfourth, the Fudge Factory owner, said, “The oil spill hasn’t affected us due to the fact that it hasn’t gone this far. A lot of the beaches have helped with advertising ‘we don’t have oil here, please come to our beaches.’” She also said that it didn’t affect the business because it happened during the slowest part of the season.

Regardless if the oil would have made it to the Pinellas coast, the Fudge Factory has other options for customers to buy the fudge other than in the store.

Customers can buy the fudge online at or by phone at 1-800-257-4571 or 727-934-8196. Customers can ship the fudge to their home for $20 for two slices and $29 for four slices, including shipping costs. These prices are for anywhere in the U.S. The company will ship internationally, but prices vary depending on location.

The Fudge Factory uses Priority Mail through the U.S. Post Office. The fudge arrives to its destination two to three days after it’s shipped. “We want it to arrive as soon as possible,” Erfourth said.

If customers don’t want to wait the two to three days for the fudge to arrive, and they are in Tarpon Springs, they can visit the store and watch the fudge made before taking some home.  The store is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. year around. It’s even open for a few hours on Thanksgiving Day. The business is only closed on Christmas Day.

After customers buy their fudge, they can enjoy the other aspects the Sponge Docks have to offer without worrying about the oil affecting their visit.

The Fudge Factory is a family-owned business at the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, Fla. The business has been making its own fudge the old-fashioned way, with no preservatives or additives, only cream, sugar, Hershey’s Baking Cocoa and other natural ingredients since 1988. The business carries 14 flavors. The fudge does not need refrigeration and does not melt. The Fudge Factory offers its fudge in store or online at or by phone at 1-800-257-4571 or 727-934-8196.



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