Business Name: Bonbon Bark Website: https://www.bonbonbark.com Established: 2018 Questions answered by: Jenna Cadorath
Can you please fully explain your business or product line?
Handcrafted candy bark. A variety of colourful chocolates are melted down, swirled, and topped with tasty candies and snack foods
With the Winnipeg local maker community continuing to grow, what is the most important thing you’d like potential customers of your company to know?
The support from the community is so very valued. I strive to connect with my customers and am truly thankful for each and every purchase, kind comment, “like”, and “share.”
What inspired you to start your business?
I was a young wife and mother who was raised by such a hardworking mother and father. I remember sitting in the kitchen when I came home from school and just watching my mom working with her hands. I learned all I know about cooking and baking from watching her.
I made this colourful, blue and white chocolate bark one Christmas that looked like a cloud. I brought it to work with me and everyone loved it. I have always had a very entrepreneurial spirit and had an itch that I needed to scratch! I’ve always loved the Manitoba markets and shopping local as well, so in the spring of 2018, I decided I was going to take the plunge. I knew I wanted to create a food product and my mind instantly went back to that colourful chocolate bark.
What was the biggest struggle you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest struggle was trying to decide what route I was going to go with Bonbon Bark. It can be hard sometimes when you feel stuck and unsure of what direction you are headed.
What has been your biggest success as a maker?
My biggest success so far has been getting listed with Sobeys and Safeways in Manitoba (as of February this year)!
Do you have any advice that you would pass on to someone hoping to start up their own business or product line?
My best advice would be to follow your heart and completely detach from the opinion of others. There’s a quote I love, “Never take advice from somebody you wouldn’t trade places with.” Sometimes there are so many opinions floating around and while it’s important to know when you should listen or take a tip, it’s also important to stay true to your vision and ignore the naysayers
Please share any upcoming events as well as the best place(s) for people to purchase your product!
We are hoping to be involved in more markets soon! In the meantime, you can find two flavours of Bonbon Bark at most Sobeys and Safeways in Winnipeg. Our list of our current retailers is online and it is always growing. You can also order online and get it shipped to your door 🙂