Starting A Candy Making Business: Key Issues To Keep In Mind

June 22, 2018 763 views

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An Overview of Starting A Candy Making Industry

Candy Making Business Overview:

People of all ages love candy. If you are a person who can make quality candy, then you are sitting on a treasure trove.

Make good use of your talent and become a home entrepreneur. You could start on a part-time basis, earn extra income, and have enough time for your family! Or you may want to go bigger, which could lead to becoming a major supplier.

Create rich, high quality, homemade candy, and they will come to you again and again. Make sure your customers will be able to taste the difference, and you will have yourself a neat little profit-making enterprise.

If you decide to start, you will want to figure out the different types of candy you would like to make. The possibility of this venture turning into a successful enterprise depends on the quality and overall appearance of the product that you create. Your number-one job is to always deliver rich, unique, high-quality candy so that people will spread the word about your service and not only buy your candy but refer other people to you.

You can learn more about candy making from candy making books or even by attending candy making classes. From there, you will want to make a few batches of different types of candy and give them out as free samples.

This will get people interested in your products so that they will keep you in mind for their future purchases. Additionally, you may want to talk to local shops to try to get them to sell your candy in their store. This can help expand your exposure and popularity.

Skill Set:
  • Stay current on types of specialty candy
  • Create and test your own candy recipes
  • Package and ship candy
  • Good baking and candy making skills
  • Good with marketing and promotion
  • Great people skills
  • Creativity
  • A strong understanding of nutrition and ingredients that can cause allergies
  • Common Business Skills
Employee and Job Consideration During The Start-Up Phase or In The Future:
Approximate Daily Hours Needed:

You will want to make sure that you spend enough time perfecting your recipes, but you can set your own hours. You will want to be open during normal hours, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. But this is not set in stone unless you open a storefront.

Equipment, Supplies, & Services During Start-up or In The Future:
  • Cooking thermometer
  • Dipping Tools
  • Candy Cups
  • Pastry Bag and Tips
  • Scrapers
  • Pastry Brushes
  • Candy Scoops
  • Various sizes and types of candy molds
  • Waxed paper
  • Kitchen utensils such as wooden spoons and mixing bowls
  • Various sizes of baking sheets
  • Pots and pans of various sizes
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Packaging Materials
  • Display Cases
  • Candy molds
  • Candy making machinery
  • Essential Office Equipment
  • See Our List of General Retail Equipment
Monthly Expenses and Operating Costs To Consider:

In addition to the common business expenses, your candy-making business will require a budget for purchasing the supplies you need to create and package your candy.


Your district has restrictions on where you can produce your candy. Also, there are food safety regulations to abide by and special permits you need to apply for. Each location has specific regulations. It’s best to contact your local government agencies for the information you need.

See Our Page on Licenses and Permits

Approximate Minimum Startup Cost:

This depends on the type of candy that you want to make as this will affect the supplies that you need.  At the very least, if starting off from home, you can expect to put a few hundred dollars to start, between the free samples you need to give out and the first batches that you need to make to sell.

If you’re planning on manufacturing for retail sales then that will cost a lot more to get started. The size of your operation and equipment needed will determine the costs involved.

Special Requirements and Considerations:
  • Find out all you can about the trends in the industry. Know your competition: in particular, their strengths and weaknesses. This will help you identify your competitive advantage. In other words, this will help you figure out what you can give your customers that they’re not getting from the competition. Keep from emulating the competition’s strategy. Instead, make the most of your own advantages.
  • Since this is a food industry, you’ve got a whole other set of issues to deal with. The details will vary from place to place, but you’re going to have to get your facility inspected by the local board of health. Usually, that place has to be separate from your home kitchen.
  • Get the very best ingredients. The chance of your “small-time” home business surviving is based on the quality of your product. Create a niche for your candy, and build a good clientele. Maintain your standards, and people will come to you over and over again, for your rich, unique candy.
  • Decide how you want to sell your product. You have several options: distribute them to sweet shops and gourmet stores in your area, sell online, or find customers through word of mouth (friends and family who love your candy will do this for you for free.)
  • You can sell your candy from home, on an order basis, or deliver them yourself. You can decide based on your resources and your potential market. You can even have a cozy little corner of your house where you can display your products to your home customers.
  • Always remember, presentation is important. Just like quality, good presentation helps you build a decent amount of repeat customers. Wrap your candy in eye-catching packaging, to match the quality of the product.
  • Work out a schedule. Make sure it doesn’t interrupt your day-to-day routine and your time spent with your family. Maintain the correct balance between family and work. This is essential to establishing a long-lasting success.
  • Take orders that you can handle. Don’t overextend yourself. If you are a reliable entrepreneur, your clients will not abandon you.
  • Make sure your labeling includes the ingredients you used in your product. The last thing you want is some purchasing your product that has an allergy to the ingredients.



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