It all started 30 years ago...
...when our founder Dave Burton was living in a small town in the Rocky Mountains. Dave has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and was always looking for ways to make extra spending money. As a child, his options were limited. He tried selling greeting cards door to door and set up a small lemonade stand but where he really found success was when his mother found a recipe for home-made lollipops and suggested they try it out. They made a few flavors and Dave took them to school and sold them to his friends. They were a huge hit!
Every day when he got home from junior high he would do his homework and then make lollipops, which he sold to his classmates. The business thrived, perhaps too much, because eventually the school principal shut down his business because he was taking too much revenue away from the vending machines. "I learned a lot about running a business at a very young age. My parents gave me the ingredients for the first few batches of candy but after that I had to buy additional ingredients with my profits. I learned basic business, marketing and accounting skills." says Dave
Over the years various jobs kept him close to candy making. His first real job at the age of 14 was as a singing fudge maker at a local mall. He also worked in a cookie store for a few years in high school. After college Dave pursued a career in retail marketing and consulting but maintained his passion for sugary treats. He continued making candy for fun and giving it to his friends and family. In 2006 Dave moved to the Washington DC area. "I fell in love with Washington DC the first time I visited the city back in the late 90s." says Dave. When the opportunity presented itself he sold his house and moved here.
In 2014 Dave decided that he was tired of consulting and began searching for the next career path to follow. He had always dreamed of owning his own business but was never quite sure what type of business he should pursue. After making Valentine's treats for several of his friends the answer presented itself. With the support and encouragement of several of his friends and family, The Capital Candy Jar was born. Dave wanted to build a company that supported DC and the local economy so he joined Union Kitchen, a DC based food incubator. All of our candy is made by hand in small batches in our kitchens located a few blocks from the US Capitol building. Now everyone can try Dave's tasty confections and we hope you'll love them as much as we do.