The Times West Virginian


February 12, 2008

Celebrating a love of chocolate

Valentine’s Day is synonymous with heart-shaped boxes

FAIRMONT — Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and millions around the country have been buying that tasty treat that is synonymous with the holiday — chocolate.

Area businesses have been gearing up for Valentine’s Day for weeks. Store shelves have been filled with a savory selection of chocolates, and one local business owner is actually striving to help keep those shelves stocked with all kinds of Valentine’s Day goodies. Barbara Ware, owner of LBJ’s Candies, Cookies-N-More has been making chocolates for sale for approximately a year.

Ware makes a variety of sweets all through the year, but Valentine’s Day is an extremely busy season. Ware makes everything from chocolate covered strawberries to chocolate pizza in her home-based businesses for Valentine’s Day. She also makes custom gift baskets for the holiday as well.

“And I do rose-shaped suckers and put them in a vase,” Ware said. “Those are big sellers, too.”

Ware does deliver items to customers. However, her wares are also available at the Red Dot Pharmacy in Mannington.

Other chocolate treats are also available at Red Dot Pharmacy, including Russell Stover candies, said Tonya Lodge, pharmacy technician. However, she added that LBJ’s chocolates are definitely a more popular item.

“Her chocolate looks good, and it tastes good, too,” Lodge said of Ware’s candies.

Diane’s Hallmark at the Middletown Mall has also stocked its shelves with a variety of chocolate and various other Valentine’s Day items. However, the quantity of chocolate sold drastically increases around Valentine’s Day, said store manager Regina Humphrey. The most popular chocolate sold at the store is probably Sarris Candies, Humphrey added.

“It’s my favorite,” Humphrey said about Sarris Candies. “I’ve been working here for three years, and everyone just gushes about it.”

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