Texas – North Texas based chocolate factory continues its tradition with producing large amounts of chocolate for the Valentine’s Day, officials with the factory said.
Sweet Shop USA seems to be the largest handmade chocolate manufacturer in United States and is a family-owned business started 50 years ago in Fort Worth. The factory, however, moved from Fort Worth many years ago just outside of the Metroplex when a tornado almost completely damaged the factory.
Sweet Shop USA’s products are well-known nationwide and, in an effort, to produce enough chocolate for the Valentine’s Day, they start the production around Christmas.
“It’s one of our favorite times of the year. I mean, there’s nothing any more sweet than being able to share the love for chocolate,” said Angela Moss, VP of sales for Sweet Shop USA. “Our chocolate, our truffles are all hand-decorated and hand-dipped so it requires a lot of labor but that’s why they’re so special and they’re so beautiful.”
They work exclusively with UPS, which transports more than a quarter-million boxes of candy overall for Valentine’s Day.
“For those four to six weeks, we’re producing 100,000 pounds of chocolate. So, it’s insane. It’s all hands on deck but we have the best time and we’re grateful for our shipping partners like UPS to help get the job done,” said Moss.
Just like many other businesses in United States, the popular chocolate factory has been affected by the supply chain issues in the last couple of months, but they will manage to deliver the service as expected. According to the officials with the factory, their heart-shaped boxes needed for the Valentine’s Day were stuck in California, but the company got them just on time.
“They actually made it four weeks ago so it all worked out. But there are things like that people may not always think about — all those little details to make the holiday happen so we were grateful for that,” said Moss.
Another huge issue for the company was the recent winter storm that disrupted the production, but the company claims they able to box up their handmade creations just in time for deliveries to store shelves and doorsteps.
“We love being centrally located in the nation, that helps us with our shipping,” said Moss.
According to the National Retail Federation, candy is the number one most popular gift for Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day spending is expected to reach $23.9 billion this year, up from $21.8 billion in 2021 and the second-highest year on record.
Sweet Shop USA’s next big task is preparing for Easter just around the corner.