This site sells the Caring Candies-branded products (the candies and chocolates with the big pink heart logo), which we MANUFACTURE, as well as OTHER BRANDS and products, which complement our target market's "No Nasty Stuff" and "Free From" healthy lifestyle. All the products on this site are FREE FROM sugars, gluten, artificial ingredients and are either low in nett carbs or have zero nett carbs.
How it all started...
In 2003, Denise Glezer-Jones was put on a very restrictive eating plan by her homeopath, which excluded (among other things) sugar, gluten, and dairy. Unfortunately, all the sugar-free product available were full of artificial ingredients and made her feel even WORSE.
Seeing her frustration and disappointment, her husband, Neil Glezer-Jones (armed with Accounting skills, but zero candy making knowledge) set about making her some of his own - in their kitchen - at home!!! Hers, however, needed to be delicious, healthy and have “no nasty stuff” such as artificial sweeteners or common food allergens. He aptly named them “Caring Candies”!
After sharing them with family and friends, it soon became very evident that there was a massive need for healthy sugarfree candies, so Neil approached various healthshops and pharmacies and soon acquired several outlets, which wanted his candy.
Neil approached a contract manufacturer to manufacture his Caring Candies, however, demand soon exceeded their manufacturing capabilities so Neil and Denise decided it was time to take the bull by the horns and they moved into their first factory premises in 2007, hiring both skilled and unskilled labour from the local informal settlement. They outgrew this factory within 4 months. They have since moved twice more, each time to food safety certified premises at least twice the size of the previous one and averaging a food safety audit score of 98%.
Their business has grown consistently over the last 17 years, which is attributed to the passion behind the brand and the “why” it was started in the first place.
Caring Candies now includes healthy chocolates too.
The Caring Candies brand promise is that all the products that they manufacture are healthy and delicious. They are ideal for those with common food allergies, ADD, ADHD, Diabetes anyone following a sugar free, gluten free, Paleo, Keto, or Banting lifestyle. All their products are also Kosher and Halaal Certified. It is important to Neil and Denise that all the raw materials used in the manufacturing of their products are the best quality available and are sourced from France, Germany, USA, and locally.
Caring does not just end at the quality of their product, but is extended to their relationships with their staff, their suppliers, their customers, and the environment. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are important to Denise and Neil. Neil aligns himself with “Decent Work and Economic Growth”, whereas Denise’s is “Zero Hunger”.
Caring Candies were invited to exhibit their products at ISM, the biggest snack and confectionery show in the world, held in Cologne, Germany in 2018 and they now have Agents in Israel, the Netherlands, Australia, and the UK.
In 2019, Denise and Neil joined an International Entrepreneurs Institute and Denise was invited to be a guest speaker on the Changemaker’s Panel at the African Entrepreneurs Summit.
We understand that a healthy lifestyle starts with what you put into your body. Not everyone has time to check the packaging for ingredients - you just want to trust that a brand has got your back – and Caring Candies is the brand you can trust!
But they didn't stop there! In 2008 they decided to open a physical factory shop and an online store offering other brands, which complemented their target market's healthy lifestyle.
Absolutely EVERYBODY including individuals with common allergies, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Diabetes, Autism, Slimmers, and the Health Conscious. Our products are also ideal for those following a Paleo, Keto, Tim Noakes LCHF, or Banting lifestyle.
Halaal and Kosher Certification
All of our (Caring Candies-branded products with the Big Pink Heart Logo) are both Kosher and Halaal Certified.
Once again, we have achieved an AMAZING score of 98.8% for our Food Safety Audit.
This audit included SANS 10049 requirements for prerequisite programs (PRPs) ISO/TS 2202 prerequisite programmes on food safety, Codex Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles, Food Safety Management System requirements as guided by the Global Safety Initiative (GFSI), Applicable laws, regulations and compulsory specifications.
What does this all mean? It means that we take food safety VERY seriously!!