Kristie Cook has found the sweet secret to success.
Since launching Kristie’s Kandy Apples in 2014, Cook, who has been cooking since she was 17, has made her niche selling homemade candy and gourmet apples and peanut brittle.
A chance encounter resulted in Cook’s business making the sweet treats.
“In 2013 my daughter LaCassady turned 13, and I really wanted something extra special for her milestone. LaCassady’s 13th birthday also represented her adoption 10 years ago. Two months after her birthday in November, I was thinking about starting a business but didn’t know what type I wanted to start. Instantly, candy apples came to mind. I knew right off that if I made candy apples I would want them in different colors and flavors. I immediately went online and looked for flavored candy apples, but (there were) so many different methods of making flavors. So that night I prayed and asked God, ‘If this is want you want me to do, then I need you to reveal how to make flavored apples,’ and that’s exactly what he did.”
Shortly after deciding to start her business, Cook suffered a personal setback and almost lost her first client.
“…in May (2014), both my father and sister passed away, so by the time June came around, I absolutely did not want to make candy apples or…anything else. I was still grieving their loss. My husband, Michael, said, ‘You know that if you decide to start this candy apples business and you don’t make these apples then you will have lost a customer before you even start your business.’ So I made myself get up and make those candy apples. As the mix was cooking, God said, ‘Make them blue.” And on that day, June 7, 2014, after I posted a picture of those bright blue candy apples on Facebook, Kristie’s Kandy Apples was born.”
In addition to bright blue candy apples, Cook offers a large variety of quality products at reasonable prices sure to please and impress.
“The apples that I sell are the traditional red candy apples, which is the number one seller, and various types of flavored candy apples, such as green apple, watermelon, blue raspberry, peach mango, and many more. I also make gourmet apples, such as caramel with or without nuts, caramel with white or milk chocolate, banana pudding, ginger-spiced, strawberry shortcake, red velvet, etc.”
She also has plans to expand her product line.
“I want to work on my gourmet apples a little more and get them perfect so I can start my holiday line in the fall. Most likely I will add more treats to my business, like chocolate-covered strawberries and other fruits, chocolate-covered pretzels, homemade marshmallows and rice krispies, various truffles and barks, and flavored popcorn.”