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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How easy is it to make the fudge?
A: No previous candy making experience is needed and no special skills are required. Our specially formulated fudge products make it easy to consistently make the creamiest, most delicious fudge around!
Q: Do you provide on-site training?
A: When you purchase a new fudge program package, one of our dedicated fudge experts will travel to your location to teach you everything you need to know for success. Fudge making, merchandising, flavor selection, product storage, and sales techniques are all covered extensively.
Q: Is the fudge profitable to sell?
A: Our fudge program offers high profit potential! One 1/4-pound portion of fudge has a food cost of approximately $.65 depending on the flavor and what inclusions are needed to make it. Our SRP for that same portion of fudge is $3.50. That's an 80% average gross profit margin!
Q: Are there any other ingredients besides the fudge mix needed to make the fudge?
A: Only butter and water are needed to make basic fudge. Other flavors require inclusions such as nuts, flavorings, fruit mashes, peanut butter, or caramel. Specialty inclusions are available through Kettle Fresh Fudge and can be shipped to you with the rest of the supplies you order.
Q: What equipment is needed to make the fudge?
A: A fudge kettle is required to prepare the fudge. Other items like fudge pans, mixing bowls, scales, spatulas, measuring spoons, pan liners, and much more are included in our startup packages. You will also need a refrigerator to keep your butter fresh and a microwave is helpful to quickly heat up ingredients like caramel and other inclusions.
Q: What are the electrical requirements for the kettle offered by Kettle Fresh Fudge?
A: The fudge kettle requires a 120-volt, 20-amp dedicated electrical circuit.
Q: How much space do I need?
A: For fudge production you will need only a 4-foot table large enough for the kettle and scale. You'll also need a simple storage shelf or bakery rack for the fudge to cool overnight. For your retail fudge display, we recommend a 6-foot sales counter behind an open glass sneeze guard. The more space you have, the more flavors you can display and the more fudge you will sell.
Q: What is the shelf life of the fudge?
A: While fudge has an extremely long shelf life, it can eventually dry out. Factors such as how much water was used to prepare the fudge and other conditions will make the exact time frame vary. It typically sells before the shelf life could ever become an issue. If fudge does dry out, it can be melted down and used again to make fresh fudge. There's no product waste!
Q: Do I need approval from the Health Department?
A: Yes. Contact your local Department of Health to get the specific requirements needed in your area.
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