Our Story

Welcome! We are a small, family business in Harpswell, Maine, where lobster fishing is an important part of the town’s heritage. Throughout New England, fishermen use colorful, painted buoys to mark their lobster traps, and lobster buoys are a common sight on land and water.

We came up with the idea for Buoy Pops while traveling along our beautiful coast. Our daughter was enjoying a lollipop, and Pete said, “Lobster buoys look kind of like lollipops, don’t they?”

We played around with the idea—and with lots of confectionary techniques and chocolate—for many months. Now we are proud to offer colorful, foil-wrapped Buoy Pops for your enjoyment. We make them by hand with the finest dark chocolate and milk chocolate.

We began selling Buoy Pops in fall 2023 at fairs and festivals, and online. We are so appreciative of the enthusiastic response! Now you can find Buoy Pops at several shops in Maine and Massachusetts. You can also order online for shipping or (free) local delivery, and we’d love to see you when we’re at fairs and festivals in the fall.

Delightful and decadent, Buoy Pops are the perfect gift for family, friends, clients, and yourself.

Enjoy Popping!
Anne & Pete, Chief Buoy Poppers

Our family loves the Maine coast, where we live…

Lobster buoys are an icon of the Maine coast. They are everywhere, dotting bays and coves by the hundreds, heaped in lobster fishermen’s front yards, and hanging from weathered lobster shacks. 

Lobster fishermen paint their buoys with distinctive color combinations, so they can tell whose traps are whose out on the water.

Our family also loves candy. And so it happened that one day—as we passed a local lobster wharf, our daughter enjoying a lollipop—we had a flash of inspiration: Let’s make lollipops that look like little lobster buoys!

From our family to yours, we are proud to offer handmade lollipops of the finest chocolate, shaped just like real lobster buoys. Buoy Pops are the perfect way to celebrate the joy and heritage of the Maine coast.

Photo credits (top to bottom): iStock.com/demerzel21, iStock.com/Katie Dobies, Andrew Malone (Creative Commons), Paul VanDerWerf (Creative Commons), Dennis Jarvis (Creative Commons), Coastal Candies LLC.

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Questions? Contact us: anne@buoypops.com

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