CLINTON TWP. (CBS Detroit) Travelers and natives alike delight in picking up Michigan’s own Sanders hot fudge, caramel and chocolate sauce, a rich tradition that dates back to store founded in 1875 on Woodward Avenue by Frederick Sanders Schmidt.

And more than 130 years later, there’s even more to love.

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Starting Sept. 1, 2012, Sanders Candy Shops around metro Detroit started serving up fresh baked cookies laden with Sanders classic candy confections.

The new signature cookies will be freshly baked in local stores, which are also selling hand-dipped ice cream, chocolate covered strawberries and chocolates.

The new gourmet cookie line is the brainchild of Brian Jefferson, head of Sanders product development.

“When brainstorming cookie ideas, he immediately thought to use Sanders Candy pieces to make them decadent, chunky, and a true Sanders ‘candy cookie,” the company said in a press release.

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Jefferson knew right away he was onto something.

“We spent a couple years taste testing different flavor options, determining cookie to candy ratios, and baking environments to arrive at what we feel is a truly unique Sanders Cookie,” he said in a press release. “The four flavors we are introducing use not only the best ingredients, but some of our most popular candy pieces.”

New flavors include: peanut butter block, chocolate caramel pecan, chocolate chunk and double chocolate mint.

They’ll be available at participating Sanders locations, including:

-Clinton Twp 23770 Hall Rd.
– Rochester 436 South Main St.
– Birmingham 167 N. Old Woodward
– Grosse Pointe 16837 Kercheval
– Novi – Twelve Oaks Mall
– Livonia – Laurel Park Place Mall
– Eastpointe 18577 E. Nine Mile Rd.
– Auburn Hills -Great Lakes Crossing
– Mackinac Island – 1347 Hoban Street & 7330 Main Street

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