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Easter means big business for candy shops

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EAST MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -

The week leading up to Easter is a busy time for those in the candy biz. Blanca Jenne and her husband Brad work round the clock to keep Middlebury Sweets stocked for the Easter rush. They say second to Christmas, it's their busiest time of the year.

It's like stepping into a real life candy land -- so many colors and flavors at Middlebury Sweets, deciding what to buy can be tough.

"Oh we got fizzies, suckers, gummies, Jelly Bellies, Boston baked beans. We got it all," said Tim Davis, who stopped in with his family while vacationing from Ohio.

It's the largest candy store in the state, dishing out more than 1,000 different types of treats. But this month owner Blanca Jenne says their 72 flavors of Jelly Bellies reign king.

"This is Jelly Belly month for us, for sure. We sell all year long amazingly enough, but this month we will sell a ton of jelly beans," Jenne explained.

On a normal month, she and her husband, Brad, order between 100 and 200 pounds of the Bellies, but around Easter, that order triples!

"Easter is very much associated with candy, period. We're always think of our Easter basket as full of goodies, so I'm not surprised myself," Jenne said.

And second in popularity is the chocolate bunny. Jenne makes the bunny and the other chocolate products herself. The store has been open just two years, but it's already a hit with locals and tourists alike.

"I've been hooked on them ever since they opened," said one patron who frequents the shop.

"There's stuff here we haven't seen since I was a kid. It's just cool," said Tim Davis.

One of the store's largest attractions is the world's largest Gummy Bear. It weighs over 27 pounds, has over 300 servings and 30,000 calories. It's for sale for about $150.

The couple says Easter is such a busy time they're open an extra day -- and have extended hours now through Saturday.

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