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Sweet signs of spring

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BANGOR After months of cold, snow, ice and darkness we're finally seeing signs of spring. And they can be dubious since they often come with mud, slush, sudden storms. But there are signs of spring that represent nothing but joy and I'd hazard to say Easter candy is one of them. 

Eliza Butler, president of Specialty Sweets, on 849 Stillwater Ave., in Bangor, enjoys this time of year because for her, spring comes early.

'It's great to feel like spring is here right after Valentine's Day,' she said. Butler said that pretty much after the candy hearts come down, they're replaced by chocolate rabbits, filled eggs and candy beans. 

And they make the candy, including the adorable lop-eared chocolate bunnies that come in milk, dark and white chocolate varieties. They are so cute, you may not want to eat them at first, but I have faith that you'll work past that. They also have the more traditional Easter rabbit mold for those who want it, as well as chocolate crosses. 

Butler takes pride in the candy they make. She said they use fresh ingredients with no preservatives and familiar ingredients, like milk, butter and sea salt. The Needhams, for instance, are made with real mashed potatoes that they boil themselves. And it's a local family-owned business. You know who is making your fudge (which is smooth as silk and so yummy you'll wish Lent was already over).

'[Candy stores] bring out the kid in all of us,' she said. 'It's fun. I love making candy. And everything we make it's as if we were making it at the house,' she said. 

Everything that is bagged with a Specialty Sweets bag is done by someone in the family. 

'You always know the people here it's a family place,' she said. 

After Easter, the candy season takes a bit of a breather. Butler said that they still see traffic for Mother's Day and weddings, but they get a bit of a break after the winter holidays. But once August rolls around, they are already gearing up for Christmas. What a sweet deal.

Last modified on Friday, 15 March 2013 09:45

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