Missy Wagner, left, hands over a freshly made rolled ice cream to Emrie Adelhardt, 17, at Candy Stash Sweets & Treats Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at 7125 Liberty Centre Drive in Liberty Township. Wagner opened Candy Stash in the space previously occupied by another candy shop. The location offers a variety of packaged and bulk candy, rolled ice cream, hand dipped ice cream, premium Philly Ice, specialty drinks and more. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

New owners of Butler County business offer sweets, treats in a variety of forms

The owner of Candy Stash Sweets & Treats said the Butler County business strives to offer “a little something for everyone.”

The storefront at 7125 Liberty Centre Drive in Liberty Twp., just south of Ohio 129’s Cincinnati Dayton Road exit, recently replaced the Candy Stache Sweets & More, which closed earlier this year.

Owned by Missy Wagner-Passarge, Candy Stash Sweets & Treats features a variety of premium hand-dipped Hershey’s Ice Cream flavors, both traditional and a variety of unique options that can be served in a cup, a variety of cone options, in a waffle ice cream taco or as a waffle ice cream pizza.

The new business also can create a milkshake with any flavor it has in stock. Candy Stash Sweets & Treats also serves no-sugar-added and reduced-fat Hershey’s vanilla, chocolate and turtle ice cream.

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“One of our most popular frozen items you can’t find just anywhere is our rolled ice cream … a tasty treat that can be customized to satisfy anyone’s taste buds,” Wagner-Passarge said. “We offer a variety of topping and mixes that can be added to the cream base to create your own flavor.”

Candy Stash serves Philadelphia Water Ice, a “creamy” premium Italian Ice similar in texture to a sorbet and served like ice cream in a cone or cup.

Wagner-Passarge said the product is “a great alternative” for customers with allergies who want something cold and refreshing, but without any dairy, fat, gluten, cholesterol, soy, peanuts or tree nuts.

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A decade section offers candies from the 1950s until today. The new store also has sections for sweet and sour candies, chewy, hard candies and bubble gum, suckers and lollipops, sugar free candies and popular international candies.

One of Candy Stash Sweet & Treats also allows customers for a flat price of $5.55 to create their own Sweet Stash Box, choosing from 100 options including chocolates, sweets and sours, hard candies, gummies, bubble gum and numerous others in between.

Craft sodas include classics like root beer and cream soda, or more eclectic options like Alien Snot and Dog Drool. Customers can choose any soda and any flavor ice cream or Philadelphia Water Ice to let store staffers create a personalized float.

Wagner-Passarge said she taught second grade at Hopewell Elementary for 18 years before taking the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom with her three children for the past two years.

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“My girls and I love the Willie Wonka movies and our bedtime stories would often consist of stories about candy and candy stores,” she said. “When I saw there was a candy shop for sale, I was intrigued.”

She said she and her husband Chris spent several weeks researching and negotiating before deciding to open the business.

“I really liked the rolled ice cream, the Hershey’s ice cream offerings and the bulk candy offerings from the previous owner,” she said. “My idea of someone creating their own candy stash led me to offer the Sweet Stash Box.”

In talking to friends and family, Wagner-Passarge also wanted the Candy Stash to be a place where “everyone could come, and we would have a little something for everyone.”

“That led me to explore options for those with food allergies and dietary restrictions and that is why we have expanded our offering to include no sugar added ice cream options, sugar free candy offerings and the Philadelphia Water Ice,” she said. “I also added a variety of toys from old time classics to new. My goal is to have the Candy Stash be the choice for families when they are out and in the mood for some sweets and treats.”

Hours are 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 1 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays. 

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