COLUMBUS – June is National Candy Month and Ohio has contributed to dentist visits since before the Civil War! From producing international brands such as Dum Dums lollipops to small town fudge shops, these businesses put a smile on the faces of kids of all ages.
“Ohio has a uniquely robust food production industry that has created countless jobs for Ohioans and satisfied the culinary tastes and cravings of people across the globe for generations,” said LaRose. “This summer, I encourage every Ohioan to look local and savor the remarkable options produced in our own backyard.”
As Ohioans start venturing out and exploring our state more this summer, seek out a local candy business on your trip to sample their famous chocolates or bring some back home for friends and family. Local candy shops work closely with Ohio’s agriculture industry -- the milk and butter used at McJak Candy in Medina to make their fudge comes from cows cared for at Ohio dairy farms.
Many of these businesses started in someone’s kitchen or garage. Have an idea or passion that you could turn into a business? Make it happen by visiting the Secretary of State's Business Services Page. On our site you can file your new business and connect with valuable resources so that your venture can contribute to Ohio’s growing economy.