Candy Store Hops Into Easter With Chocolate Bunnies

March 19, 1995|By Sherrie Ruhl | Sherrie Ruhl,Sun Staff Writer

The Easter season means business for one local candy company.

Log Cabin Candies in Fallston will do more than 50 percent of its business this year during the Easter season, said owner Richard Rudell.

He said business has been growing about 10 percent a year for the past decade. Much of the growth has come in wholesale, which accounts for 80 percent of the company's business.

Log Cabin sells through groups such as churches and other civic organizations, which keep a share of the proceeds.

Mr. Rudell's father, Bernard, dipped 18-inch chocolate bunny molds in the early 1920s and sold them to friends and neighbors. The hollow, milk chocolate bunny, which sells for $10.95, remains the 75-year-old-company's best seller, Mr. Rudell said.

Log Cabin's loyal following is not unusual, said Van Billington, executive director of Retail Confectioners International in Glen View, Ill.

"Once people get in the habit of going to a certain store to buy their candy, they stay pretty loyal. It becomes a tradition," he said.

Log Cabin, on U.S. 1, makes a variety of other chocolates, including larger and smaller rabbits and other Easter items such as lambs, eggs and hens-in-a-basket.

More unusual items include a solid, white chocolate crocodile with pale blue candy eyes, a fish and a chocolate interpretation of the shark from "Jaws."

Harford has another chocolate candy maker, Bomboy's Home Made Candy in Havre de Grace.

"Easter is not as big of a season for us as Christmas," said Jean Bomboy of the candy company.

"Christmas buying starts at Thanksgiving, and people are buying for more events, like parties or gifts, than just one day," she said.

She said the company, in a former house on Market Street, has doubled in size since it started 17 years ago.

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