Whipping up the fluffiest marshmallows & most delectable candy bars around, Sweet Lydia’s was founded in 2012, but taken over and run by passionate pastry chef and early employee, Shannon Arenburg. Starting out as one of Lydia’s first employees as an intern, Shannon studied Baking & Pastry at Southern New Hampshire University. She went on to study pastry internationally in Florence and honed her candy making skills at well-known restaurants throughout Boston. When Lydia of Sweet Lydia’s was ready to move on, Shannon didn’t hesitate to step in and make Sweet Lydia’s her own.
Setting up her candy making operation at a restored textile mill in Lowell, MA, Shannon continues Lydia’s sweet legacy while adding her own twist. From her Twickers bar, featuring homemade shortbread and rich caramel, to her Manhattan bar, a chocolatey delight with locally made whiskey-infused caramel, these candy bars aren’t just for the kids. Our favorite though? Sweet Lydia’s pillowy vanilla marshmallows will make you wonder if you’ve ever truly eaten a marshmallow before.
Shannon has gone on to expand her business into a full pastry shop called Pizzelle, inspired by her time in Italy. Featuring breakfast pastries, tarts, cakes, cookies, & so much more, paying Shannon a visit in Lowell makes for the start of a fun-filled day trip!