Since it's the week leading up to Easter, lots of people are thinking of one thing to satisfy their sweet tooth on the holiday, candy. 13News Today's Greg Bobos and I took a trip to Fannie May Candy right here in Rockford, to get our sweet fix, and learned that preparing the chocolate for customers, isn't quite as easy as eating it.
"Well, what do I love about Fannie May," Fannie May customer Phyllis Lind says. "It's the candy and how good it is."
There's nothing quite like biting off the ear of a chocolate bunny on Easter morning. Fannie May can make that happen for you.
In the week leading up to the holiday, and almost every holiday of the year, the long running candy store in Rockford gets prepared for customers looking for that sweet something.
"Everybody has their favorites," says Hilary Halsted, who just recently started working at Fannie May. "They want tell you about it. The story behind, you know, 'I've been buying Fannie May for this long in my family. This is kind of a tradition. And it's a really fun job to do, you know, putting candy, knowing where it's gonna go for people's families. So it's really fun."
We decided to head to the store, planning on tasting some candy. What they didn't expect, being put to work.
"You put candy in a box and at first it was just trying to make it fit, and you weight it all out, but making it look nice for people, you don't want to just throw it in their and say here you go," says Hilary Halsted.
We soon understood what she meant, when we tried packing boxes on our own. Greg showed me up with his neatly lined mints and perfectly weighed box. Mine, not so much.
He then continued to shine in the wrapping test. I guess I may have forgotten a few key elements.
But after the embarrassment, we got to tasting. Since Greg is lactose intolerant, he only had a few.
"I hate being lactose," Greg said, while he was tasting some chocolate. "It's not fair, because I want four of these but I can't have them."
But not to worry, if you're like Greg, Fannie May does have non-chocolate options, shelves of sour candies, hard candies, and even nuts are tasty treats. I stuck with the chocolate though. From pixies, to cherry chocolates, to salted caramels, it definitely satisfied my sweet tooth.
But when I asked if we were ready to work there, the girls just laughed. Maybe Greg. I'll stick to the news.
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