Ashmores Kandybox Limted is a traditional Sweet Shop located in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton.
The shop has been known locally as “Kandybox” for many years, with many residents growing up with this shop as part of their childhood.
Andrew and Rebecca took over ownership of this business in May 2017 and it reopened the business on 2nd June 2017. There was a redesign to the layout which Andrew and Rebecca felt needed to be completed before reopening – in this redesign the layout was changed from how it was left by the previous owners and put back to the layout which many people loved and remember; this included moving the counter back to the front of the shop which is where the very original owners “Phil & Maureen” had the counter. The layout opted is very similar to how Phil and Maureen had it during their tenture.
We are committed to stocking items which people want to see and have the policy “if we don’t stock it ask” as we welcome suggestions for new lines to stock and want to ensure that we stock items which are going to be popular and needed..
We wanted to recreate the traditional sweet shop feel that we grew up with and encourage the younger generations to experience what we did when we and our staff were growing up. This feel is the walls of sweets in jars and being able to ask for an amount of sweets by value or weight.
When we took over in 2017, we opened with over 90 different lines of traditional sweets which are displayed in jars behind the counter. As of August 2018 we have increased that to 130 jars of sweets and are hoping to add a further 40 jars before the start of 2019.
When we opened in 2017 we grew our range of Dobsons Mega Lollies which are a popular line amongst children from an initial stock of 9 to the current stock level of 20 of the 95 flavours available. Again, this is something we are working to increase over time to approx 40 of the 95 available.
We have the regular lines such as chocolate bars, brain licker, “penny mixes” and crisps. We have also invested in a slush machine in June 2017 ready for the warmer days. With our slush we always stock Blue Raspberry due to this being the most popular flavour. Each week or fortnight we hold a “guest” flavour and during 2018 we have tried Sour Apple, Mixed Fruits (similar to Vimto) and Lemon & Lime.
In our counter cabinet we hold approx 10-15 boxes of sweets priced 5p or 10p and we have over 30 boxes of penny sweets (sweets which are 1p each). These are available to order in our online shop as full boxes too.
Ashmores Kandybox take allergens very seriously and ask that if you have specific allergen needs please advise in the checkout e.g nut allergy.
We also cater for all customers dietery needs and list on our website sweets which cater for vegetarian customers, vegan customers, customers who need dairy free, gluten free or sugar free sweets. These are all available in our shop too and we ask that you speak to the server at the time of ordering your sweets.
When ordering online we provide a national delivery service which is charged at a flat rate £2.99 per order – for further details on our delivery information please click here.
We also have some special order lines available – such as Sweet Cones, sweet boxes, trip boxes and festive items for Christmas. These will be showcased in our online shop soon; in the meantime please visit our Facebook page for photos and information.
Here at Ashmores Kandybox we take food hygiene seriously. One of our owners has worked within the food sector for many years, currently working as a Carver within a local restaurant she is very aware of the risks associated with mishandling of foodstuffs. In March 2018, we were inspected by Wolverhampton City Council Food Standards & Hygiene team. Following their inspection they have rated us as a level 5 for food standards and hygiene. You can also find us listed on the Food Standards Agency website’s register of food establishments which will show the date of inspection and the rating awarded.
We have a Christmas Toys catalogue service available whereby customers can purchase toys for Christmas on an order basis. We accept payment weekly or at point of order and items are delivered during December. We are exploring the possibility of introducing a “Christmas Club” for 2018 to enable customers to save weekly and order when the catalogue has been published in July.
We stock greetings cards, wrapping paper and some celebration gifts. We have started to sell helium balloons (including inflation) in store too. During 2018 we started to produce wedding favours and hire out Sweet Carts too – if you wish to enquire please send an email and we will be in touch.