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Are sweets recession-proof?

Check out this recent story about candy's ability to be recession-proof. Or so some say.

Some consumers say they are willing to shell out $1 or less for a candy bar or some other gourmet candy treat, despite cutting back on spending in other areas.

This may be true for at least one Roanoke area retailer. The owners of Chocolatepaper, a candy store that's opening a second local location in downtown Roanoke, told me several months ago that the shop's sales were rising. They attributed their success to the so-called "recession-proof" candy industry.

And since we have been talking about ice cream shops in the last week, I wonder if ice cream also is recession-proof. What do you think? Are you willing to splurge on a $3 ice cream treat, even if funds are tight elsewhere?

Many of you mentioned the long lines that form at Cold Stone Creamery. I've noticed those similar lines recently on trips to Maggie Moo's Ice Cream in Roanoke. These ice cream shops don't appear to be lacking business, especially during the hot summer months.

Source: Roanoke Times

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