Southern Artisan: Sweet Six Candy.
There is nothing I love more than finding other Southern artisans, designers & business owners that are passionate about their business. I believe the cultural and craft of the South inspires companies and products that are truly meant to tell a story, and Sweet Six Candy Co. is no different. I have loved meeting Jenny DeWitt on our weekly #southernchats and really have enjoyed watching her business grow. This week's Southern Sweets #southernchat will feature Jenny as our guest, and I couldn't be more thrilled. Her beautiful candies are family recipe inspired and I just love their round tin packaging, too. I hope you enjoy sitting back and reading more about Sweet Six!
How did you come up with the name of your business? I was actually gifted the domain name sweetsix.com and wondered whether it might work for a candy. When I realized the original recipe had six ingredients it just made sense. Also, if someone happens to be searching online for sweet sex and misspells it, I think that gives me a fair chance of making a sale. You just never know.
What inspired you to go into the business of sweets?
Last year, I started a personal home economics journey. I taught myself canning, started a small vegetable garden, learned to make cheese, bought a sewing machine, and finally got my mother to share her secret candy recipe with me. It's a recipe she invented back in 1956 and had never written it down. We worked on it for about a month to get the measurements just right and I started giving samples and small batches away to friends. Everyone said I should start selling it. So, I worked on a label and branding with a designer friend of mine and opened up an Etsy shop back in September. The response has been great.
What do you love most about being in the sweets business?
Honestly, I love that look on people's faces after they take their first bite of Sweet Six. It's as if they light up with happiness. I also love the experimentation part of the research and development process. Testing new flavors and combinations is really interesting. Sea salt was a complete failure, while the newest flavor, ginger, was so much fun to figure out.
Are there any characteristics of southern sweets that stand out above the rest?
I'd have to say dependability and creativity. You always know it's going to be good and a little bit different than anything else you've tried. Southern cooks are not afraid of sweets. In fact, I don't know a Southern cook who is afraid of anything in the kitchen. Whether they follow the spidery handwriting of their grandmother off of a hundred-year-old recipe card or fly by the seat of their pants, southern cooks are fearless. That comes out in the dishes they makes and most definitely in the desserts.
What are your most popular candies?
Right now I have eight flavors of Sweet Six and the most popular flavor has been No.2 Espresso. I know people who buy it to use in their coffee as sweetener or as an after-dinner treat. I make it with a locally roasted espresso beans. It's pretty intense. During the winter holidays, No. 7 Pumpkin Spice is really popular. It's great crumbled on top of Sweet Potato Pie or ice cream.
What can we expect from you next?
I'm excited to start adding new types of candies to my repertoire this summer. I'm working on lollipops right now. I'm playing with flavors like rose and saffron. I've started doing custom wedding favors which is a lot of fun. I think it would be amazing to come up with a unique and exclusive flavor combination for someone's big day or event.