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Wilmington woman sweetens lives

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You know the saying, when life hands you lemons make lemonade. Instead, one Wilmington woman decided to make chocolate. In fact, that’s how she keeps busy after an accident nearly killed her.

“I couldn’t speak, couldn’t walk it was very serious, I’m lucky I’m alive,” said candy creator Elle Puritz.

Alive, but disabled. Elle Puritz remains in a wheelchair ever since she fell off a mountain in June. Her life changed in that moment.

Even though she can no longer work, that doesn’t mean she can’t keep busy. Decorated boxes of chocolate are the fruits of her labor.

“I thought, wouldn’t it be great to make chocolate people allergic to nuts and have to carry around epi pen be able to eat?”

Once she got the ok from family friend, comedian Bruce Vilanch, to use his image, Uncle Bruce’s Sweet Dreamies was born.

She makes chocolate and marshmallow candy, which includes a secret crunchy ingredient, in her kitchen.

Being a candy maker is a far cry from who she used to be, a woman who owned a printing business on Wrightsville Avenue.

But she learned, life is never as simple as black and white. “My life has changed a lot. Can’t dance, balance is very poor, I can’t do a lot of the things I used to do.”

She can still help others. Puritz isn’t selling the candy for herself; the proceeds benefit lower cape fear hospice and life center.

“I’m really not making any money on this at all and that’s ok with me, I get disability that pays my rent and I’m happy,” she said.

Uncle Bruce’s Sweet Dreamies are sold in several Wilmington businesses.

You can also go online and order them at unclebrucessweetdreamies.com.

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videoYou know the saying, when life hands you lemons make lemonade. Instead, one Wilmington woman decided to make chocolate. In fact, that’s how she keeps busy after an accident nearly killed her.

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