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Better Hurry, Bunny. Ringing Hill’s Candies Going Fast

Hand-rolled and chocolate-dipped, Ringing Hill's candy eggs are ready for sale

POTTSTOWN PA – “Memo: To Easter Bunny. From: Ringing Hill Fire Company, Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township. Your candy eggs ready. Coconut and peanut butter; plain, or dipped in dark or milk chocolate. More than a ton available right now. Better hurry. Likely to be gone soon.”

More than 2,000 pounds of thick, thumb-long candy eggs, hand-crafted during the past two weeks by Ringing Hill firefighters and members of their women’s auxiliary, are packaged and ready for sale at the firehouse, 815 White Pine Lane, Pottstown PA. Fire company workers will be there tonight (Thursday, March 8, 2012) from 7-8 p.m. to exchange boxes of their goodies for cash that benefits company operations.

Fire Company Secretary Kim Lightcap gently coats a peanut butter egg with chocolate

It’s the 36th year Ringing Hill has produced the eggs for the public’s delectable consumption, company Secretary Kim Lightcap said, but it’s also a year in which demand could quickly exceed supply. Three other area fire companies that also sold candies in the past won’t this year, which means Ringing Hill literally has the market to itself.

“These are going to fly through the doors,” she said of the sweets.

Despite its advantage, the department has decided to keep its price unchanged. The eggs, which are sold with between 14 and 16 pieces to a box – “we fill the box, so it’s more than a pound,” Lightcap explained – cost $8 … no matter what flavor or filling. The department also will accept special orders, but expect to pay a little more for them.

Patrons can order in advance by calling 610-323-0474 before March 26, just 13 days before Easter. After that, Lightcap joked, you’ll be left smacking your lips and wishing you had moved faster.

Thursdays are not the only days the candies will be available; the company has a varied schedule of when members will be at the firehouse for their sale. They’ll be offered during regular Saturday night Bingo games, for example. Call the same phone number for more information.

Candy production apparently brings an already close company even closer together. Lightcap said dozens of its members have chipped in to help with everything from melting chocolate to hand-dipping to cooling and packaging. There were six people in the kitchen alone last Wednesday night (Feb. 29) – Lightcap, Rick Romig, Tony Ziemba, Georgann Updegrove, Ken German, and Buddy Henning – all squeezed around the stoves and stainless steel tables and jostling for space.

Uncoated eggs, in the foreground, await dipping; the finished product cools behind them

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