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All About Handy Candy

Handy Candy is one of the longest established, online sweet companies in the world, starting all the way back in 2004, when only a handful of comic book freaks knew what the Marvel Universe was and Jeff Bezos was only worth a few million dollars!

In search of a fun business that could be run together whilst juggling a growing, young family, husband and wife team, Karl and Rachel, combined their love of all things sweet with a nerdish obsession for website design to create Handy Candy.

Always trying to do something a bit different, Handy Candy was the first website to sell themed gift boxes, the first to introduce luxury wicker sweet hampers and filled jars, and the first web site to offer an authentic Pick & Mix service, just like the old Woolworths one!

Within six months of launching, the business had grown from a part-time hobby to sustainable business, and within 18 months Handy Candy found itself in its own dedicated warehouse and packing facility with a team of like-minded and enthusiastic staff.

A lot has changed over the last 17 years but at Handy Candy we have continued to be at the forefront of online sweet supply, moving with the times and constantly revisiting what we do to be the best sweet shop in town. Recently we've investigated low / no sugar alternatives to conventional sweets and currently have one of the largest selections of sugar free sweets in the UK.

We are also dedicated to reducing our own and the wider industry’s impact on the environment, particularly around plastic packaging. As the first online sweet company to move to plastic-free outer packaging materials, we are also pioneering the use of biodegradable products to reduce the amount of plastic we send; our entire sugar free range comes in compostable bags, we have switched to using glass jars, and have recently launched a range of plastic free vegan pouches, with proceeds of each sale going to UK based charity, Ocean Generation. For more details of our commitment to the environment click here.

As an online business that has been around as long as we have, you can be assured that we take what we do very seriously! Whether it's protection of customer data (we are members of the ICO), our 5 star food standards rating, or ingredients' labelling (believe it or not, we are one of the only online sweet companies that produces ingredients and allergen information labels for every sweet we sell!), you can be sure you can trust Handy Candy.

But that doesn’t mean we still aren’t passionate about what we do. The fact that we have been responsible for sending a little bit of sweetness to hundreds and thousands of households all over the world gives us a real thrill. There is still nothing better than getting a sweet surprise delivered to your door with a personal message from a loved one, and we are so proud that we can make that happen.

Keep it sweet!

Karl, Rachel and the Handy Candy team