As Easter approaches, I always remember the year I got a basket of melted chocolate. When you’re 7, you don’t forget these things, especially when your brothers and sisters are greedily hoarding their perfectly shaped chocolate rabbits. At our house, the Easter Bunny always hid our baskets. That year, mine went behind the bay-window drapes, which faced east. You guessed it. Rising sun plus chocolate equals a mess. My mother didn’t let that happen again. This year, numerous moms and dads will be helping the Easter Bunny carry on this tradition. In fact, 83 percent of parents in the U.S. plan to include candy and chocolate in their Easter baskets, according to the most recent figures by the National Confectioners Association (NCA). Our local bunny isn’t going to have any trouble finding candy to fill baskets this Easter, April 5. Here are several sweet places to consider:
2C W. Main St., Middletown, 803-0909: Look for specialty candies you won’t find at the bigbox stores, says co-owner Anthony Jacobs.
CANDY FOR ALL OCCASIONS
2211 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 654-9171: “We make everything homemade,” says owner Sue Ford.
EDIE BEES CONFECTION SHOP
115 Second St., Lewes, 645-2337: You’ll find chocolate bunnies and just about every other Easter candy you can imagine.
â€‹800 N. Market St., Wilmington, 652-4082; 4105 Concord Pike, Talleyville Shopping Center, Talleyville, 478-5324: “We make our own chocolates,” says third-generation owner Nick Govatos.
60 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-3994: Celebrating its 75th anniversary, the store features all kinds of filled chocolate eggs, says owner Jeff Balk.
THE SQUIRREL’S NEST
One N. Broad St., Middletown, www.squirrels-nest.com. If you’re looking for all-natural Easter treats, this is the place to go. “It’s a small niche but an important niche,” says owner Nancy Kemble.
SUGAR BEE’S SWEET BOUTIQUE
40 N. Walnut St., Milford, 491-4049: “We’ll have unusual bunnies,” promises Peggy Reilly, one of the partners.