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Madison resident makes edible and decorative holiday wreaths

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MADISON - Lori Finney of Madison is spending quite a bit of time this Christmas reliving one of her favorite childhood memories while helping to sweeten the holiday season for those around her. Finney learned at a young age how to make candy wreaths thanks to a family friend. Now over 20 years later she's back at it again, only this time she's assembling them as gifts for others to give to their loved ones.

"I was trying to raise money for the Trek Across Maine last year, so I decided to make them and see if I could raise [any] funds. I sold them for $10 and there was a huge interest," said Finney. "I am not doing the Trek this year, but I figured I would see if people wanted any because they make great gifts."
It didn't take long for orders to start rolling in. Finney made 10 candy wreaths just during a Sunday snowstorm.

"I find old wire hangers, cut them and form them in the shape I want," said Finney. "I can make one in about a half hour but it all depends on the size of the wreath. I usually just sit in front of the TV and wrap away."

She's made wreaths out of mints, butterscotch pieces and Sixlets candies, but said her best seller by far is the Tootsie Roll wreath. 

"Tootsie Rolls are the most popular. A lot of people like variety as well because you can just pull off the candy you want," she explained.

Finney's also been known to assemble a couple of these edible decorations for people's four-legged friends.

"I actually had a lady buy a couple mint wreaths for her horses last year," she said. 

It may seem like a lot of work, but it's one holiday tradition Finney enjoys revisiting and sharing with others.

"It's neat and really fun to make," she said.

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