Cromer just got a little bit sweeter as a couple have ditched their life in Reading to open a fudge shop in the town. 

Nick Butcher and his partner Amie Airey have opened Makers Fudge in Tucker Street and people can see the pair making the fudge through the shop window.  

Previously an IT consultant, Mr Butcher, 49, saw a gap in the market for the sweet treat in the seaside town after growing up in Norfolk and visiting frequently from London. 

Eastern Daily Press: Nick Butcher making fudge at Makers FudgeNick Butcher making fudge at Makers Fudge (Image: Adam Barker)

Eastern Daily Press: Makers Fudge in Tucker Street, CromerMakers Fudge in Tucker Street, Cromer (Image: Adam Barker)

"When I said I wanted to leave IT and open the shop Amie thought I was mad," Mr Butcher said. “But she is now fully on board. 

"We’re so excited to bring the joy of traditionally made slab fudge to Cromer. 

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“It’s a great community to be a part of and we’re very grateful for the warm welcome." 

The shop, which is a "real family affair", uses traditional early 1800s techniques to make the fudge on a slab - but with the modern twist of using hemp milk rather than butter. 

Eastern Daily Press: Amie Airey with her daughter in the shopAmie Airey with her daughter in the shop (Image: Adam Barker)

Eastern Daily Press: Fudge from Makers FudgeFudge from Makers Fudge (Image: Adam Barker)

The alternative milk makes all the fudge dairy and gluten-free which Mr Butcher believes strengthens the added flavours. 

Customers can pick from salted caramel, lemon sherbet, chocolate orange, Oreo, strawberries and cream and mint chocolate chip. 

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The couple plans to change the flavours each season and use local produce. 

Workshops to make the delicacy are on the cards, with prosecco and fudge evenings also in the pipeline. 

Fudge is sold by the slice for £5 each, three for £12 and five for £17.