TURNER, Maine — A website has called “hoax” on a Turner couple who have listed a piece of candy on eBay that resembles the Virgin Mary.

But Desmond Duguay says his is no doctored Dot.

Duguay and his wife, Amy, discovered the orange candy a little over a week ago, after the new parents hit the Rite Aid in Auburn for snacks. Duguay said he ate a few of the gummy candies, felt the funny piece in his hand and showed it to his wife. On a lark, they nicknamed it “The Holy Dot” and listed it on eBay.

After two initial days of furious activity that saw 42 bids, the auction had stalled by Monday at $215, with three days left to go.

In a post titled, “A virgin dot? We think not!”, CorporateMal.com skeptically compared the Duguay’s photo to a small Virgin Mary candy mold sold on eBay by A World of Moulds in the United Kingdom.

From that website:

“Now there is no way to know for sure what the real story is behind this piece of piousness. However, we can all agree that as long as there are people like the Duguays and a candy like Dots, America will always be the undisputed leader in delicious delusional devotions.”

The write-up was good for a laugh, but it wasn’t so, Duguay said.

“I bought the box unopened,” he said. “I have no idea if or how it could have been placed there . . . We did not modify the Dot one bit.”

His best guess: It’s a defect that quality control missed.

Duguay has received many calls and inquiries since the auction went up and word of his Dot got out. It’s being stored in his freezer for safe keeping.

“I’m hoping that maybe as the auction winds down, people start getting into a feeding frenzy over it, if you will,” he said.