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About Us

In 2003, I (Denise) was put on a very restrictive eating plan by my Homeopath, which excluded (among other things) sugar, gluten, and dairy. Unfortunately, all the sugar-free product available were full of artificial ingredients and made me feel even WORSE.

Seeing my frustration and disappointment, my Hubby, Neil, (armed with Accounting skills, but zero candy making knowledge) set about making me some of his own - in our kitchen - at home!!! Mine, 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 I decided it was time to take the bull by the horns and we moved into our first factory premises in 2007, hiring both skilled and unskilled labour from the local informal settlement. We outgrew this factory within 4 months. We 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 over 98%.
 Our business has grown consistently over the last 19 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 we 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 our products are also Kosher and Halaal Certified. It is important to us that all the raw materials used in the manufacturing of our products are the best quality available and are sourced from France, Germany, USA, and locally.
We were invited to exhibit our products at ISM, the biggest snack and confectionery show in the world, held in Cologne, Germany in 2018 and we now have Agents in Israel, the Netherlands, Australia, and the UK.
In 2019, we joined an International Entrepreneurs Institute and I 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 we didn't stop there! In 2008 we decided to open a physical factory shop and an online store offering other brands, which complemented our target market's healthy lifestyle.

Did you know that Caring Candies were the "Featured Business of the Week" on KFM94.5 when Banting just started to become popular?
* Listen to our interview here *


WHO can enjoy our products?

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.

Food Safety Certified

Once again, we have achieved an AMAZING score of 99.1% 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!!