How sweet it is

For decades, folks have flocked for fudge to The Whistling Buoy and its former incarnation on Route 3. OUT & ABOUT PHOTOS BY MAGGIE TROVATO

It’s hard to miss The Whistling Buoy’s series of signs spelling out “FUDGE” in big, bold letters along Route 3 in Trenton. Reminiscent of the sequential Burma-Shave signs, which once lined U.S. highways, they’re hard to miss. The gift and souvenir shop, clad in colorful wooden buoys – used by lobstermen to mark their traps – stands out too.

At any one time, visitors have from 11 to 15 fudge flavors to choose from. Turtle cheesecake, blueberry cheesecake, orange dream and peanut butter and jelly are among the unique. Former owners Brenda and Gail Webber passed along their tried-and-true base fudge recipe to The Whistling Buoy’s present owner Diane Pushard. The sisters told Diane that they “had to” keep making the fudge which they had made and sold for years. A variety of other items are sold including Maine-made products, such as maple syrup, blueberry baking mixes, wooden buoys, and fun souvenirs, such as lobster hoodies (that make you look like a lobster) and stuffed lobsters.

Turtle cheesecake is just one of the many decadent fudge flavors that manager Jill Pushard whips up.

From Eddington, Diane’s daughter-in-law Jill Pushard makes all the fudge in-house and manages the shop, open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 33 Bar Harbor Road (Route 3) in Trenton. For more info, call 385-0599, email [email protected] and visit the store’s Facebook page.