Thank you for visiting our website. My name is Karen and I wanted to add a little about myself and The Candy Bag so that you really feel that you know me and my little business.
I’m a mum of two and I also have a fiancé named Rich. I live nearby to my parents and when I was a child, my mum worked in the village shop. I loved going up there to buy penny sweets, and as a treat, we would sometimes buy a quarter of sweets from one of the many sweet jars behind the counter. My mum had always said that one day, she would love to own her own sweet shop but this never happened.
I have always loved my sweets, and to be honest…who doesn’t?! During lockdown, it was really hard to buy the usual pick ‘n’ mix due to them being shut down and I really missed the occasional sweet treat. I said to Rich ‘I think I might start my own sweet business, what do you think?’. He agreed that it was a good idea, so I set about looking into it.
I have my Food Hygiene Level 2 and I am also registered with the council and have taken advice from Trading Standards. For me, quality is of the utmost importance.
All of the sweets that we purchase and sell are the best quality from the top suppliers, such as: Haribo, Candy King, Kingsway, Barratt, Vidal and Taverners. We currently have over 80 options to choose from.
Being environmentally friendly is also extremely important to me. The stand-up pouches that I use are eco-friendly and compostable. The boxes and shredded paper that I use for the postal orders are also recyclable. As I expand, I aim to source as many eco options as possible. I also use a small family business locally to design and print my stickers and cards, as well as the building of my website.
Each time you buy from The Candy Bag, you are supporting a small family business and your purchases are much appreciated. My children absolutely love the idea that we have a family sweet business and I hope it brings some joy to your families too. You can also find us on Instagram @the_candy bag
Have a sweet day!
Why we support MNDA
We all remember the Ice Bucket Challenge from 2014 don’t we. Well, little did I know that this awful disease would afflict our family 4 years later.
Motor Neurone Disease isn’t as rare as you’d think, it actually affects 1 in 300 people. There are four different types of MND, with the main one being Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. Once diagnosed, the life expectancy for most is around 1-4 years. Motor neurone disease kills a third of people within a year and more than half within two years of diagnosis. We all tend to think of Stephen Hawking but his case was extremely rare.
As of yet, there is no significant life-prolonging treatment for MND and no cure. It is paramount that there are funds available to research as to why people develop MND and most importantly, to find a cure!
Back to the reason why I’m supporting this charity… My dad was diagnosed with stage 4 thyroid cancer in September 2016. After a very long operation and subsequent radioactive iodine treatment, he was given the all-clear in early 2017. However, in May that year, he had trouble walking, with one of his feet dropping slightly. Even after a couple of falls, he was told numerous times that it was linked to the previous thyroid cancer. As his falls became worse, he eventually saw a neurologist later in 2018. On October 29th of 2018, mum told me the terrible news that dad had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease and had a maximum of 4 years left to live. I was in complete shock.
Dad sadly passed away in January 2022, but over the last few years I have done my best to raise funds for the MND Association. In August 2019 I climbed Mount Snowdon, raising £1600 (I won’t be doing that again in a hurry!). I have also completed their Run 21 event and my children recently completed Silence Speaks, raising almost £300. The Norfolk and Waveney MNDA branch have also been fantastic in supporting dad. I am grateful that I can use my small business to also donate 10% of all sales from the MNDA Charity Pouch. So I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone that buys the pouch and supports the MNDA.
Please visit the MNDA website for more information – https://www.mndassociation.org/
If you would like to donate – https://www.mndassociation.org/get-involved/donations/