A Local chocolate factory almost sells out of candy as Halloween approaches
As Halloween is right around the corner, Channel 8 talked to a Baker's Candies manager who says their Halloween candies are almost sold out.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — As Halloween is right around the corner, Channel 8 talked to a Baker’s Candies manager who says their Halloween candies are almost sold out.
“We find that people are continuing to buy candy,” says Todd Baker, a plant general manager. “They’re continuing to celebrate but the way they’re going to do it is a lot different than previous years. So we’ve been really blessed that Halloween candy has been flying off the shelf.”
Baker admits the pandemic has taken a toll on the factory in Greenwood like everyone else, but he says customers still are planning on enjoying their spooky chocolate covered pretzels, popcorn balls and value candies but in smaller parties and at home.
“A lot of the candy we actually have left right now is candy made specifically for celebrating with small parties and things like that,” said Baker. “Candies that maybe aren’t individually wrapped but that can be enjoyed by getting the family together.”
He says in comparison to the Christmas season, chocolate sales during the spooky holiday are lower.
“Halloween numbers are much smaller,” said Baker. “We anticipate between 3 million and 4 million chocolates during the Halloween season.”
When you hit the retail stores, he says wait for the huge discounts, as companies have overstock due to COVID and need to make room for holiday items.
“We’ve heard from many of our retailers, that a lot of them are sitting on huge quantities of candy,” said Baker. “So, it would be our advice for those who have not stocked their cupboards yet to start looking for those sales. We expect them to start early this year and to be pretty aggressive.”
Bakers Candies is also ramping up for the yuletide rush. Their Meltaway Chocolates are still a staple for the company. He says it could be a perfect treat during COVID as the product is never touched by human hands in the cooking and wrapping process.
“Here in the chocolate factory between now and the 25th (December), we’ll make about 20 million chocolates here in the chocolate factory and almost every one will be sold here in the state of Nebraska,” said Baker. “Our chocolate meltaways are quite literally the way Nebraskans celebrate Christmas.”