How to Start A Fudge Making Business
This post contains a resource section with a collection of articles that will give you a broad overview of getting started in the fudge industry. Before you get to the resources a few considerations to keep in mind.
If you have a great recipe for fudge, you like making fudge and get satisfaction from others enjoying your creation, then a business making fudge is a startup possibility to consider.
Below are a few of those considerations:
Hours of Operation:
You can set your own hours, for baking. If you open a retail establishment then, you need to abide by retail hours.
Equipment and Supplies:
- Saran Sheets
- Dropper for Food Coloring
- Heat Gun for Shrink Bags
- Pan Liners
- A variety kitchen and baking Utensil
- Plastic Tissue
- Digital Timer
- A variety of Spatulas
- Measuring Spoon Set
- Plastic Scraper
- Measuring Cups
- Essential Office Equipment
In addition to the common business expenses, your fudge making operation will require a budget for the ongoing cost of acquiring ingredients, supplies, and packaging materials.
You’ll want to check with your local governing agency to find out what permits and restrictions exist for making fudge in your area. Because you are dealing with food as a business, restrictions, and regulations apply. These rules and regulations are similar across the country but they do have differences.
Minimum Startup Cost:
You can get started for under $1,000 if you already have the equipment necessary to make your fudge.
Tips & Considerations:
- You may want to experiment with the types of boxes you sell your fudge in, different sizes and colors make a difference in how your fudge is perceived by your customers.
- You may also want to experiment with different types of fudge. If you’re successful with your experiments you’ll have the opportunity to reach a wider market.
- Once you have a successful recipe don’t make any drastic change unless you thoroughly test. and get feedback. It’s Okay to improve upon what you have, but you don’t want to rock the boat.
- Once your product is successful you want to make sure you keep your recipe a secret.
- You can start by offering free samples. If you discover people really like your fudge, start to offer it to local retail establishments that would consider carrying your fudge on their shelves, these may include; grocery stores, corner stores; farmers’ markets; etc.
- You want to make sure your fudge includes the ingredients you used on your packaging. You don’t want anyone to eat your fudge and have an allergic reaction.