STOCKING all the old favourites – apple drops, satin cushions, Peggy’s legs and bon bons – a new sweet shop in Kilmallock is taking customers down memory lane by treating their taste buds.
Mr Finn’s Sweet Shop on Sheares Street opened its door on December 1 and already the family-run business has gone down a treat with locals.
“Sweets are an inexpensive treat and they bring people back to happy times. There is no politics or recession in the shop, even diets aren’t allowed. You forget the diet when you come in here,” said Eileen Finn who runs the enterprise with husband, Angus.
The store which boasts a traditional, old-style interior stocks a range of traditional Irish-made boiled sweets.
“All my boiled sweets are Irish-made,” explained Eileen, who was anxious to source the sweets within the country.
“I can get the boiled sweets a lot cheaper from abroad but I don’t want to - I want to buy Irish and the Irish are better any way,” she added.
The boiled sweets for sale include bullseyes, satin cushions and apple drops. They also stock a range of Irish cocoa bean chocolate which is made in Dingle as well as Peggy’s Legs and Macaroon bars.
And the favourites amongst the customers?
“The bon bons are the best sellers because all the kids and adults love them. We have five different types of bon bons. Then of the boiled sweets, I would say rhubarb and custard, apple drops and ocean mints are the most popular. The clove rock and the bullseyes fly out the doors as well,” she added.
Located on the main street in the town, Mr Finn’s is close to both the primary school and secondary school and a big portion of their customers are understandably parents and children.
“The secondary school has got very big so we have a good school population in Kilmallock now which is good for us. There is a feel-good factor as well, you are happy when you come in. I love it down here. You can come in with small money and go out with a bag of jellies,” continued Eileen who also receives a helping hand from her three children Marie, Orla and Andrew as well as extended family.
“Even though Marie and Orla are working full-time they still come in on their days off to help out,” she said.
The shop also stocks a range of Christmas gifts and hampers and gift vouchers from €5.
“Everyone is welcome to come in, take a look and take a trip down memory lane or have good munch,” said Eileen.