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Norwalk, CT | Added on April 19, 2014 At 08:58 PM

Easter may not be Christmas, but it’s still a big holiday when it comes to spending.  Americans on average will spend around 130 dollars for Easter, much of that being spent on those Easter treats.  Here’s a look at how Connecticut businesses are feeling the Easter rush.

“I’m going to go buy a box of raspberry chocolate truffles," said Lester Biliou.

This Norwalk shopper isn’t’ the only one with food on the mind. 

Nationwide, around five billion dollars is spent on everything from dinner to the basket stuffers

 And, here at Michele’s Pies in Norwalk, locals flood in to pick up some last minute treats.

“Of course we have the Easter bread,” said Michele Stuart, describing a big seller. “It has an egg in the middle…”

 “It was a little bit weird this year,” she continued.  “Because it lands on a week the schools are off, so a lot of people went on vacation.  We have a lot of walk in's."

Here at the Chocolate Rain Shop in Norwalk, tons of sweet treats are being sold, even one 275 dollar chocolate bunny.

“It weighs six pounds…it’s two feet high,” said co-owner Diana Gould, describing the bunny.

 “Compared to last year this is a much better year,” she continued.  “Since we are a new business a little out of the way people have gotten to know us. “

 Opening just two years ago, the owners tell me Easter has become their third biggest holiday, right after Valentines Day. 

 “We are almost out of the macaroons,” pointed out co-owner Helen Daniel. “We have been preparing for a while,” she said.

 Over the past month they have been putting together boxes and customizing orders.

 “So we write Easter on here and we will stuff the egg with gummy bears,” described Gould.

Nationally, Easter spending is slightly down from last year, but not by much.

This year Americans will spend about five percent less on clothes, food candy and gifts.  And, that has some saying the public is still uneasy after the recession. 


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