This Easter, local families can fill their baskets with goodies made by the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary.
“Anything peanut butter, and our chocolate covered pretzels — you’d be surprised how many people like the chocolate-covered pretzels,” said Rose Albert of the public’s favorite items. Albert is chairing the event. “But I like it all!”
The annual candy and bake sale will be held on Saturday, March 23, at 9 a.m. at the fire hall in Millville. Items for sale will include pumpkin breads, cupcakes, pies, lollipops, peanut clusters, peanut butter, coconut and butter cream balls and eggs, and more — with more than 700 pieces of candy made by hand by the auxiliary members themselves.
“Most of the ingredients are all donated by the women,” said Albert. “The ladies in this auxiliary have been awesome. We have wonderful ladies, and we couldn’t do it without them.”
Albert thanked the businesses in the community that have supported the candy sale and the fire company.
“We have good merchants in this community. Debbie Evans at Miller’s Creek, she got all the chocolate for us at cost.”
The ladies use simple ingredients, such as sugar, butter, cream cheese and Merckens chocolate, to make their famously delicious candies.
“It’s really the best chocolate,” said Gail Quillen, a member of the auxiliary.
“It melts so nice,” added Albert.
The Ladies Auxiliary has 50 members, and for more than a dozen years has been holding the sale to raise funds to support the fire company.
“This is one of our big moneymakers,” noted Albert.
Any items that are not sold at the candy and bake sale will be sold at Sea Crest in Bethany Beach later on.
“We never have a whole lot left,” emphasized Quillen.
She added that the community response over the years has been “overwhelming,” noting that, last year, the auxiliary received more than 60 phone orders for candy.
Albert said she feels the need to support her fire company and hopes the public will do the same, by attending the sale.
“I feel like I’m giving back to my community. Every time that fire bell goes off, I pray to my guardian angel to put their wings around those trucks and to keep those men safe. This is a volunteer thing, and they put their lives on the line,” she said. “Come out and buy!”
To order candy in advance, call (302) 537-4220. The Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall is located at 35554 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26) in Millville.