ROCKY road is proving a sweet success for local couple Ben and Anne Dillon.
The duo started making the chocolate and marshmallow dessert from their home five years ago.
After a two-year break following the birth of their daughter, the couple are back in action with a new store in Mitchell Street.
“We’re probably making about 50kg a week of the rocky road,” Mr Dillon said.
“We’re already ramping up for Christmas.”
The couple recently opened Harry’s Lolly Shop with two staff.
“We started selling rocky road on eBay five years ago,” Mr Dillon said.
“The first batch I made was for my then-girlfriend, now wife, as an Easter present.
“We just threw it up online and sold it in zip-lock bags.
“I would never have thought you could sell chocolate on eBay, but there you go.
“It was a very good start.”
Mr Dillon said he started with two listings and sold through the online store for three months. “Then we took the step to opening our own fully-fledged online store and it just grew from there,” he said.
“It was fun.
“It’s a break from a very monotonous day job.”
The couple still use their home to cook their rocky road.
“We’ve got a commercial kitchen set up in our home,” Mr Dillon said.
“Our three year plan is to get a dedicated production facility that’s not in our home.
“We’re looking to pump out a lot more and introduce a lot more range and variety.”
While most people would associate lollies with youth, Mr Dillon said the store attracted a wide demographic.
“We’ve got a lot products from Britain, New Zealand, America and Japan and the usual items like musk sticks and liquorice on top of our rocky road.
“There’s also a decent range of old-fashioned stuff like rock candy, which is surprisingly popular with the young kids.”
Mr Dillon said customers from as far as Warrnambool who had bought rocky road online had travelled to the Bendigo store.
The first shop delivery was a tonne of lollies.