In Ashland, Ohio right off Hwy 71 at US 250 is Grandpa’s Cheesebarn & Sweeties Jumbo Chocolates. I’ve been coming here for many years and have enjoyed every trip. Yes, it is two levels of cheese heaven.
They have a huge selection of local cheeses, smoked meats, honey, jams, and everything in between. Trying to decide what to buy can be a bit overwhelming so they make it easy for you. There are samples set out for you on both levels. You can try an aged cheddar or a baby Swiss, or maybe go a little more exotic with a blueberry or whiskey cheddar. Clear your palette with a fresh mango salsa or wine infused jelly sample. My favorite is the Habanero pickles, hot, crisp, and full of flavor. Great variety of flavored beef jerky, smokies and bologna.
After you load up your bag with all your favorites choices you can stop by the bakery and get a scrumptious buckeye cookie (chocolate & peanut butter). You will also find a sizeable selection of teas, coffees, dried fruits, and seasonings on the main level.
But you’re not ready to leave yet. Across the parking lot is their sweet shop Sweeties Jumbo Chocolates. Homemade chocolates, fudge, licorice, hard candies, toffee, just too many to name. There are usually a few samples out here too. I sampled the salted caramel fudge (she had my number at caramel), and a few dark chocolate almonds. One unique taste is their Australian black licorice with its very intense flavor. Always a bag to go with me on that one. You will definitely feel like a kid in a candy store!
It’s such a cool place to visit although it can get crowded at times (especially summer) so try to come early or just pace yourself. During the warm months you can sit outside and enjoy one of their homemade ice creams.
Location: Grandpa’s Cheesebarn @ 668 US-250, Ashland, OH 44805 and now a second location @ 3916 Cleveland Massillon Rd, Norton, Ohio 44203