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Sweet Images delight during the holidays

by Scott Neuffer

The time of year has arrived for Gardnerville resident Lynn Falcone to open the Carson Valley Christmas Chocolate and Candy Shoppe in Johnson Lane.

“We’ll have tasting samples,” said Falcone, owner of Sweet Images. “We welcome people to come in and taste our goodies.”

Falcone has been making specialty candy for 14 years.

“My background is in electronics,” she explained. “I worked with somebody who created equipment that could directly reproduce imaging on food, then I decided to start doing it myself.”

While Sweet Images offers rocky road, peppermint bark, chocolate-covered pretzels, turtles and truffles, among other items, Falcone specializes in transferring photos, logos and graphics onto cookies and candy.

“Food coloring is used to reproduce imaging on the food,” she said. “It’s similar to an old plotter that goes across the paper to create graphs. But there is something else out there where they use edible paper, print the designs on paper first and then stick it on the food. Ours goes directly on the food in a sugar layer.”

Falcone formed Sweet Images six years ago as a wholesale and Internet seller. Last year, she decided to open a retail component exclusively for the holiday season.

“People are welcome in the shop all year, but this is the only time we have pre-made items for sale,” she said.

Falcone prides herself on using premium ingredients in her confections.

“We buy our ingredients locally and would appreciate locals supporting us,” she said. “We can basically do what the client needs us to do. We’re very creative and also perfectionists. We can really come up with great and unique products and gifts.”

The seasonal store gives Falcone the chance to focus on holiday designs.

“We do very well with gift trays and gift baskets,” she said. “We have all sorts of clusters and Christmas themes that make great stocking stuffers.”

This year, the Carson Valley Christmas Chocolate and Candy Shoppe will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday from Dec. 5 to Dec. 24.

Sweet Images is located at 2561 Business Parkway, Suite G, Minden. Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information, call 267-1002 or e-mail lynn@sweetimagesltd.com.