My candies have been making memories with so many people on this sweet journey, I feel so blessed to be a part of their lives. -Debbie Thelen
ABOUT D and D Candies
Debbie Thelen is a skilled candy maker living in Plymouth Massachusetts. Her candy is widely known for excellent flavor and creativity. From gourmet truffles & candies that melt in your mouth, to smooth and decadent fudge Debbie always finds a way to bring new delights to the table. Her candies are handmade using quality ingredients and expert technique to ensure that every candy creation is perfect for your taste buds!
An article From wickedlocal.com
Deb Thelen sells a wide range of handmade delights made from Belgian chocolate, and an equally wide variety of other candy, including every imaginable type of truffle from Boston crème, Isabella’s cookie dough sensation and amaretto to Nathan’s Fluffernutter, champagne and coconut. She also sells an equally wide variety of award-winning fudge, ranging from caramel peanut and blueberry cheesecake to her hugely popular chocolate variety, plus her bog toffee and all sorts of seasonal and special event candies.
PLYMOUTH – Some people have difficulty seeing the humor in a situation.
Others have difficulty seeing the serious.
Deb Thelen was enjoying a visit with a friend and biting into what happened to be a fabulous carrot cake when she gasped and cried out.
Her friend jumped in her seat.
Was she having a heart attack? Was she having trouble breathing?
“Is it a bug!?” the friend asked, squelching her other fears.
Thelen cried out two more times, causing quite a stir around her.
“No! No!” she said finally, catching her breath. “That’s my signature truffle!”
Thelen raced home and made the candy on the spot – her signature carrot cake truffles.
“These carrot cake/cheesecake/caramel truffles are dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with chopped macadamia nuts and coconut,” she explained.
Breathless enthusiasm and what could only be described as an ebullient disposition have marked Thelen and her businesses for decades. Her business is candy, plain and simple, and she has a personality that matches her mission.
Thelen was just 14 and making fudge at home when her talent first surfaced. She didn’t just make fudge; she made out-of-this-world fudge, according to every one who sampled a mouth-watering morsel.
The fifth of seven children, and the oldest daughter, Thelen was born and raised in Westhaven, Conn. In her teens, she wanted to be a psychologist, but opted to become an optician instead, following three of her brothers into the profession. She apprenticed as an optician in 1976 and was one of only three women in Connecticut to pursue this career. Later, Thelen was working as a general manager for LensCrafters when she met her husband, Donald, at a Radio Shack store while she was hunting for video equipment for a work assignment. A command sergeant major in the Army, Donald was moonlighting behind the store’s counter. Four months later, the pair married, and later moved to Wisconsin. But when Donald was transferred a base in California, they couldn’t sell their Wisconsin home, so Donald found himself flying back and forth to visit his wife who remained in Wisconsin. On her own uch of the time, she stepped away from optometry and opted to do what really made her happy. She made candy and opened her own business, Candy Creations by Debra Ann. She spent the next eight years churning out candy her customers lauded as extraordinary.
Thelen made candy for weddings, as party favors, for events and for people like David Otto, whom she met while handing out samples of her candy in a local supermarket. Afflicted with cancer as a child, Otto was blind and couldn’t chew because his entire jaw had been surgically removed. He tapped toward her with his cane and his caregiver placed a sample of fudge in his mouth, where he let it melt on his tongue. Otto loved Deb’s candy and ordered it from then on but, more importantly, the two became famous friends.
“He was the most wonderful person,” Thelen said. When Otto died, Thelen was devastated and named a candy in his honor.
“I name a lot of candies after the people in my life,” she explained.
Thelen is buoyed by humor most of the time, and makes no secret of the fact that Lucille Ball, of “I Love Lucy” fame, is one of her idols. Thelen dresses like Lucy occasionally and owns every episode, including the famous 39th show in which Lucy and Ethel are working in a candy factory and stuff candies into their mouths and even shirts when they are unable to keep up with their task of wrapping the number of candies arriving on the conveyor belt.
One can’t help but wonder how Thelen keeps up with her own enthusiasm; it’s how she rolls and also how she plows through the difficult times with grace.
Thelen and her husband moved to Plymouth several years ago when Donald’s work led him back to Massachusetts. She said she absolutely loves Plymouth and she opened a new candy business here with hopes it would be equally successful.
If taste buds are to be trusted, she shouldn’t have any problems in this area because, while Thelen laughs easily and has difficulty taking herself or life terribly seriously, her candy is no laughing matter, according to customers, who rave that it is the best they’ve ever had.
Thelen sells a wide range of handmade delights made from Belgian chocolate, and an equally wide variety of other candy, including every imaginable type of truffle from Boston crème, Isabella’s cookie dough sensation and amaretto to Nathan’s Fluffernutter, champagne and coconut. She also sells an equally wide variety of award-winning fudge, ranging from caramel peanut and blueberry cheesecake to her hugely popular chocolate variety, plus her bog toffee and all sorts of seasonal and special event candies.
Deb’s Candy Creations candy is available at Wilde Flowers Florist in Manomet and online at mycandycreations.com, and may well be coming to a supermarket near you, if the sweet buzz is any indication.
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