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Candy Business

Are you looking to start a candy business? Maybe you have dreams of opening up an old-time candy store in your neighborhood or an online candy store that brings sweet memories to the world. Either way, there’s a ton of opportunity out there to offer treats to the masses while turning a pretty sweet profit, too.

However, before you dive into a bunch of candy business ideas, you’ll need to look at a few of the more practical elements. For example, to be the best online candy store, you’ll need a good website and a solid foundation of how eeommerce works. If you’re going to sell at farmer’s markets or special events, you’ll want to take extra steps to ensure your booth really stands out.

Additionally, you could opt to sell directly to other businesses in your area, who would then offer your product to their customers. However, to be a wholesale candy store, you’ll need to follow certain cottage law requirements in your area or take additional steps to gain certain licenses from your local health department.

Within this blog post, we’ll look at the opportunity to open a candy small business including how to come up with creative ideas, any food sales guidelines you need to be aware of, and other tips for selling candy from home.

Candy Business Names

Of course, before opening your doors is it important to come up with a few creative candy business names. To do this, you can brainstorm by jotting down a few on paper or opt to use an online candy name generator to find the right one.

Candy is supposed to be fun, youthful, and whimsical. As such, the best cute candy names match that same vibe. Short and sweet business names are usually a good idea to keep things memorable.

Choosing your small candy business name should also reflect who you are and what you sell. For example, potential cotton candy business names might include something like Carly’s Clouds or Spun Sugar.

Another tip? Look for business name lists online by searching through Google. You can always type in things like “Mexican candy business names ideas” or “caramel apple business names” to find a pre-written list. Just be sure to double check that someone else isn’t already using that idea by checking to see if the domain name is available if you plan to open a small business candy shop online.

And, if you’re looking for a good candy business name generator, we particularly like this one by NameSnack.

Candy Business Website

After you’ve decided on a name, you’ll need to start thinking about how to put together a candy business website. To do this, you’ll need great product photography, some tantalizing digital marketing, and an idea of how big you want to grow your business.

However, choosing your sales platform is really the most critical part of building an online candy business. After all, this is the hub for your entire business and how you’ll attract new customers, make sales, and collect payments. Finding the right option to meet your needs and budget is quite critical to your success.

One option? Castiron, our complete suite of tools for selling sweet treats and other foods online. It’s a great free option for small candy business websites that don’t have a vast catalog or are just looking to get started. Best of all, it is designed just for the needs of food businesses to ensure total success. Sounds cool, right?

Additionally, you’ll want to research how to promote your candy website from TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and other popular social media platforms. The more wide you can build your audience with tantalizing images of your confections, the easier it is to bring in traffic and make more online candy sales.

How to Sell Candy From Home

If you’re looking to learn more about how to start a candy business from home, there are a few different aspects you’ll really need to pay close attention to. The first? Any specific cottage law requirements in your state of residence.

Is it illegal to sell candy out of your home? Generally, no. In some areas, so-called cottage cooks are able to make candy at home and sell it online. However, a lot of states are really picky about this and either don’t allow online sales or prohibit distribution to buyers across the country.

In that case, they likely do have some sort of commercial kitchen program. While this would require that you rent or set up a professional kitchen and have it inspected by the local health department, it would still enable you to start a candy selling business.

Next, you’ll need to create a candy business plan. This document is important for every small business and acts as a roadmap for your growth. Be sure to include aspects like how you plan on funding the company, where you intend to purchase equipment for starting a candy store, packaging information, and other pertinent details for your candy business startup.

Ready to learn more about selling candy from home? Check out our resources and tools on our Castiron blog for details.

Learn how to form your very own homemade candy business. Start your candy business today and use your sweet tooth to make money!

Heather Brookshire

The Cake Whisperer


My business would not be the same without my Castiron website! It is an easy setup with lots of customization and tons of support! I am so glad I set up my shop last year before the holidays — it really helped increase my sales!

Amanda McMonigle

The Whimsical Cookie


Castiron provides me a professional site to my customers increasing my credibility and value while giving me the tools to effectively market and manage my business in an easy, user-friendly manner.

Kim Sims

Wesley's Treats Hallie's Sweets


Castiron has made my cottage bakery shine, and my business easy to manage. As a platform they care about my business as much as I do.

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Oso Good Clean Eats


I couldn't run my business without the Castiron platform. It made it so easy to get my shop up and running — it truly removed a massive barrier to me getting started!

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Kultured Kombucha


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Now that I have a professional website and a simple ecommerce checkout, I'm seeing a huge increase in new customers and they appreciate how easy Castiron makes ordering.

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