Houston-based company Candy Dish Décor has been sweetening up the celebrations of Houstonians for years. The company caters to high-end brands and has provided custom candy buffets and candy event design for celebrities such as NFL star Antonio Brown’s celebrity Super Bowl basketball game, Hollywood actress Elise Neal, upscale galas and lavish weddings. However, they also provide wallet-friendly options for working moms and others on a budget.
Candy Dish Décor owner, Rhonda Wheeler, has had a life-long obsession for all things sweet. As a single mother of two boys, she was always looking for ways to cut costs.
“I longed to give my children the perfect birthday parties but couldn’t afford to do so. I’d ask the kids what they wanted to eat for dinner, and the answer was always, “Candy please!” Their passion was contagious and my desire to bring them joy led to the spark that spawned my company,” said Wheeler.
While pursuing an MBA degree, the single mother of two started a candy and dessert catering business to make ends meet. As her catering company grew, she made displays not only for corporate budgets, but also for families with limited budgets who needed options that were low cost but still high impact. Her passion for confections led to her to expand her company’s product offerings to include the Candy-To-Go-Bar which she later pitched to to various shark investors.
“I auditioned for Shark Tank, and made it to the third round. I tried again and applied to the CNBC TV show Billion Dollar Buyer with Tilman Fertitta and made it to the final stages,” shared Wheeler.
The Houston business owner also received a purchase order from Macy’s for 1,200 units, but insufficient funds prevented her from fulfilling the order. “As a single mother my family has made so many financial sacrifices for my business, but it has all been worth it,” said Wheeler.
A large part of The Candy Dish Décor story also is Wheeler’s personal struggle with obesity and diabetes. “I used to weigh 200 pounds, but as my weight grew and my health diminished, I knew something had to change,” she said.
Her health concerns led her to adopt a healthier lifestyle by preparing quality, reduced-sugar meals that helped her to lose 70 pounds and inspired her to make healthier candy options available to her customers.
The Candy Dish Décor is committed to offering products that not only taste great but also are made with healthier ingredients that are low in sugar, gluten and lactose free and contain no high fructose corn syrup, so you can enjoy your favorite pleasure guilt free.
“My mission is truly to help build sweeter lives for my family, my clients, and the world, one confectionary creation at a time. When you stay true to your purpose in life, you can have your cake and eat it too,” said Wheeler.
For more information, visit candydishdecor.com.
June Is National Candy Month
Studies show that while candy has a reputation for boosting sugar intake, most people in the United States enjoy candy about twice per week, averaging only 40 calories per day from confectionery items. Chocolate, candy, gum and mints account for less than 2 percent of the average American’s overall caloric intake, and an average of about one teaspoon of added sugar per day.
In observance of National Candy Month in June, the National Confectioners Association as well as local candy creators across the country will be helping Americans celebrate by highlighting innovation in chocolate, candy, and other sweets, as well as spotlighting the candy chefs who make the special treats that have played an important role in cultural traditions and seasonal celebrations for thousands of years.
“National Candy Month is a time to revel in this quintessential American manufacturing success story,” John Downs, president and CEO of the National Confectioners Association, said. “For those who enjoy the occasional treat, those who appreciate the strong economic impact of a responsible and fun industry, and for many others, this is a month made for celebration.”
The confectionery industry provides 55,000 manufacturing jobs in more than 1,000 facilities across the country, and has a direct economic impact of $35 billion.
The nation is thrilled to celebrate National Candy Month and honor an American staple that has been a part of historical traditions from large holiday gifts to express appreciation, to small rewards for a job well done. For more information on ways to celebrate National Candy Month, visit https://www.candyusa.com/.