The Kandy Jar
Tell us about your business.It all starts with a little boy growing up eating a chocolate fudge recipe given to his mother by his kindergarten teacher. He helped make the fudge for years until mom said "I'm tired..you make it!" It sparked an interest in deserts (read created a chocoholic) and so he expanded on that recipe and learned to make more sweets for himself. As an adult, when times were thin, he decided candy was a great way to give family and friends Christmas gifts (maybe in an attempt to keep those family and friends from getting thin, themselves). They were such a hit, the next year people complained about getting regular gifts again. And from there it flourished because like us, our friends wanted candy year-round. He knew he had something! Today the candy recipes have expanded to include so much more than just chocolate. Ok let's face it; it's still a lot of chocolate. And now he has a partner and a daughter to share the candy making. Now we can share it with you and your friends.
What makes your business stand out?1. We don’t use preservatives. There’s no chemical mixture that makes it able to travel in a semi-truck and then sit on a shelf for weeks or months! It’s fresh and ready to be eaten when it gets to you. And we recommend you eat it fast. 2. No nuts (or peanuts or coconut)! An estimated 1.5 MILLION Americans are allergic to Peanuts! Additionally, the tree nut (walnut, hazelnut, etc) allergy is one of the most common food allergies. But Almonds, though often categorized, are NOT a nut. So we won’t use Tree Nuts, and we don’t use Peanuts, …but you’ll see lots of creamy, yummy Almonds in our candy.
What's the best business advice you've received?Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life. We really enjoy candy. And more so we enjoy the reactions our candy gets from customers. Everyone has some great memory tied to a sweet - or a favorite flavor. It's fun and endorphin spiking, joy encouraging magic.
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.
JudgingJune 23–Sept. 8, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
Vote for your favorite American makers.
Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
Join us for our annual event in New York City.