Espresso dipped caramels

Toute Douceur Candy: A Vendor Showcase

Part of this crazy year was thinking outside of the box and figuring out how to make my business grow despite being in the middle of a pandemic. But how to roll that out for couples so it made the most sense especially right now, was a challenge.

Knowing not everyone likes the traditional cake I started reaching out to other local businesses. I asked Kimberly if she would be interested in partnering up with her buiness,Toute Douceur Candy. Not only could I help support another small business in a small way, but it was also offering my clients more of the “Made in Colorado” experience I wanted them to have.

That said, Here is our next Vendor Showcase participant, Kimberly from Toute Douceur Candy!

Espresso dipped caramels
Toute Douceur Candy owner Kimberly makes some amazing candy and confections.

Getting to know Toute Douceur Candy & Kimberly Schwenzfeger

What is your business and what do you do?

I make a variety of confections—from chewy caramels to hand rolled truffles and candied citrus peels.

What was the inspiration to become a wedding photographer?

That’s actually kind of a hard one to answer. I spent a lot of my life not really knowing what I wanted to do. Around my early to mid-twenties I tried out so many things.

Then, I thought about my great, great grandfather who came to the US and opened a chocolate factory and I decided to try my hand at it. That was when I realized that I loved it, every little part of it, and I was really good at it.

I did some candies very early on for a friend’s surprise birthday and I knew that I wanted to build a business around it.

candy citrus peels
Looks at the beautiful Candied Citrus Peels

Trends and advice?

As an Confectioner, what are some of the trends you are seeing in the wedding industry?

I’m not sure if it’s exactly a trend, but I am definitely loving the creative ways that people are eloping, and the ‘micro weddings’. There are so many ways I can work with couples to make even an intimate event feel special. 

From a Confectioner’s point of view, what is some advice for people starting to book their vendors for whatever their event may be?

I feel like when it comes to anything like what I do, always ask a lot of questions and make sure to do a tasting. I feel like these are the biggest things with any catering for an event. 

What do you love the most about being an Confectioner?

I really love that what I make brings joy to other people.

So much of what I make takes days from start to finish and knowing that all the hard work that I put into each confection is sent out to make someone’s day keeps me going.

With individual orders, they are sent for all sorts of reasons—anniversaries, birthdays, and even ‘quarantine care packages’ recently—and I get to be a part of that.

With events, I can give a couple exactly what they’re looking for, and I know that they can have sweet treats that everyone around them will enjoy

Last but not least...

If Toute Douceur Candy never happened what, what else would you have done/or be right now?

Nothing. Honestly, before I came into this, I really didn’t have a direction for my life. When I stared making confections, I knew it was the only thing I wanted to do. Before that, my ideas for a career ranged from fashion designer to stunt car driver.

What is it about your job that makes you excited to get up for work every day?

Everything. What I do takes time and a lot of hands on work that could seem tedious to other people, but I really love it.

Rolling each truffle by hand, the whole process of candying citrus peels (start to finish averages about two days), and all of the dipping, cutting, and wrapping that goes along with it. I feel like the saying ‘if you do what you love, you never work a day in your life’ is 100% true.

Between the production and the confections being enjoyed by customers—I’m a happy person.

If money were no object, where would you go?

In the states, it would be New Orleans—I would happily set up shop there. Out of the country, it would be Cuba

What has been you favorite project so far?

 I really love working with weddings, but one of my favorite things that I’ve done so far was for a tech office in the DTC. This was before the pandemic shut everything down.

They wanted to do something special for International Women’s Day. They also wanted to work with a female small business owner for favors to give out to the women in their office.

I did custom tags that told a little bit about my company. I felt really honored that they reached out to me for such a special occasion. 

Orange peel candy
Photo by Erika Mills Photography

What are your plans for the future of your business?

I am working very hard to get more involved with weddings and events of all kinds.

Right now I am working with a Harvest to Home on elopement packages and I’m very excited about where that can go.

To see more of Kimberly and Toute Douceur Candy, head on over to her Instagram page:

You can also check out her website here

Thanks for hanging out with us and getting to know Kimberly and Toute Douceur Candy!