Five questions for 'the candy lady'

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jul 14, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Paula Hopkins poses with two favorites from Candy Harbor — the 1-pound chocolate lobster and saltwater taffy.

Rockland — The Hopkins family has been in Maine for more than 250 years, and running a local candy shop for 32.

Paula Hopkins took over Candy Harbor from her mother Vera Hopkins three years ago. The specialty candy store spent 11 years in Camden before moving to Rockland, where it has remained at 470 Main St. for the past 21 years.

Although none of the delectable treats are made on sight ... "we leave that to the experts," said Hopkins ... Candy Harbor offers up a variety of old favorites along with new tempting sweets.

From specialty candy canes at Christmas to chocolate Easter bunnies and Valentine's hearts to gummy lobsters and old-fashioned sponge candy, Candy Harbor keeps the regulars coming back and intrigues visitors from away.

Hopkins took time out to answer these five questions:

What is the most popular candy sold?

"Anything chocolate. We get our chocolates from Haven's in Portland. We are proud to have Maine chocolates. I think that's important. And they have been around forever; they celebrate their 100th anniversary next year."

What is your favorite candy?

"Chocolate raspberry jellies."

What is the farthest away a visitor has traveled?

"The Middle East, Great Britain, Asia. This place attracts people from many different places."

What is a Candy Harbor specialty item?

"The 1-pound chocolate lobster. After all, it is all about the lobster with Rockland being the Lobster Capital of the World."

How do you survive these challenging times?

"We try to diversify. We have to be different and have things that people can't find somewhere else. We have awesome customers too."

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Barbara Dyer | Jul 14, 2014 10:15

I love the "penny" candy that takes me back to my childhood! You do a great job there at Candy Harbor.

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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

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