The nostalgic soda fountain and sandwich shop that’s right here.

Remember that friendly ice cream shop and soda fountain up north, where everyone gets together? The Chocolate Factory is like that. Only we’re not up north. And we’re open year-round. And we serve tasty sandwiches and salads, too. So you don’t have to be nostalgic about some place long ago or far away. We’re right here. Did we mention that we have phosphates and hand-scooped shakes and malts on our menu?

A taste sensation since 1972.

Restaurants come and go, but the Chocolate Factory has been around since 1972. Founded by two young guys (now two old guys) Mike Toffler and Peter Blommer. Mike had been in the ice cream business for several years when Peter approached him about starting a quaint ice cream parlor in Cedarburg. It seemed like a great idea to Mike, one that would fit the character of Cedarburg. The original shop, which also sold candy, was opened on a shoestring and is still thriving today. The business was designed on the back of a napkin, and the first menu was hand-printed.

By October of that year, the now-famous subs joined ice cream on the menu. But the owners were still searching for something to distinguish the business. While the Chocolate Factory made its own hot fudge, Blommer decided to take a food science course at the university dairy department so they could make their own very high quality ice cream. The rest, as they say, is Hazelnut History Truffle (this is not an actual flavor, it is a made-up name for dramatic purposes only; there are, however, a variety of other tempting ice cream concoctions available at the Chocolate Factory).

Today, all none of the Chocolate Factory locations are open year-round and reflect the atmosphere and attention to quality of the original, a place where visitors and families are welcome to gather and linger.

Homemade, handmade, fresh made.

Our approach to food quality at the Chocolate Factory is simple: fresh, local ingredients, prepared to the customer’s order and served without delay. We bake our sub rolls and croissants in small batches all day long, so no matter when you arrive your bread will be just out of the oven. Deli meats come from area suppliers who slice them to our specifications. We shop the produce markets for fresh lettuce, tomatoes and onions. The mayonnaise that’s dressing your sandwich is our own family recipe, which we mix in small quantities to keep fresh. And our ice cream scoops the competition. Rich, creamy, it’s the product of both art and science and does the Dairy State proud.

Give the gift that will get them screaming.

A Chocolate Factory gift card is the ideal present for the true ice cream lover or sandwich aficionado. It’s easy to insert into a greeting card or money envelope, offers the complete menu of the Chocolate Factory, and never melts. Buy a gift card at your nearby Chocolate Factory.

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Join our sensational team.

If you have a passion for people and a commitment to the highest standards, we’d like to get to know you. The Chocolate Factory regularly interviews for positions at each location. Please check below for the positions currently open, follow the link below to begin the application process.

Job Openings:

Crew Member
We’re looking for friendly people with a positive outlook and a willingness to learn. Be a team member creating and serving our sensational sub and sundaes. Part time day positions, with above average pay, are available at our Elm Grove, Pewaukee, Shorewood, and Waukesha locations. If you have a passion for high quality food and are good with people, we are looking for you.

To apply, email your resume to lynn@thechocolatefactorywi.com or download an application and drop it off at any Chocolate Factory location.

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