Shop bares all in sale of candy
By KATY ANDRESEN
Tribune Staff Writer
The air was heavy with the aromas of caramel, toffee, chocolate,peppermint, nougat, pecans and vanilla creams.
Rows and rows of delectable candies glistened and gleamed in the glass case.
“Psst,” I whispered. “Is this where they
have the uh, uh, you know, X-rated candy?”
I hovered at the doorway. One candy shop in Old Town had already turned huffy at my question and had informed me indignantly that of course they didn’t sell “dirty” candy –
“we’re within 300 feet of a church and school.!
DEBBIE DORBANDT, owner of the Candy Lady Shop,
419 San Felipe St. N.W., was more cordial.
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“Oh, you want to see ‘what’s in The Refrigerator,'” she said laughing.
“What’s in The Refrigerator” is the password for Adult candy at the Candy Lady.
Mrs. Dorbandt escorted me to a back room and opened a refrigerator door. Several trays of candy in the shape of various parts of the human anatomy,
appropriately minted and tinted, reposed inside.
“WE DON’T have many left – they cleaned us out for Christmas,” she said. “We’re going to make more. We sold out so many times I can’t keep track.” She caught the idea of making exotic candy from the Erotic Bakery in New York City. She ordered 50 candy molds from its supplier.
Word-of-mouth passed the word and people now flock to the shop.
Customers range from the middle 20s to senior citizens.
Public Service Co. ordered a large a batch for an office party, she said. “WE DON’T keep them out on display,” she said. “That might offend too many people.”
Some of the customers are furtive and tend to whisper Others just ask for X-rated candy “outright,” she said.”If the customer takes it in the spirit of fun we make it in, nobody is offended,” she said.
The candy costs from $5 to $10 an item. Bite-size pieces cost 20 cents each.
One big seller isn’t X-rated, although maybe it should be labelled “parental guidance.” This is a lollipop based on singer
Dolly Parton’s figure. You can certainly tell it’s dolly. She’s wearing a wig.