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For Immediate Release:

Candy.com Cooks Up A Sweet Deal for Candy Kid Award Winner

8 Year-Old Candy Chef Entrepreneur Awarded $500 Shopping Spree to Build His Business


Weymouth, MA, August 27, 2009 - Just days after the 8 year-old Candy Chef was recognized as the 2009 Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Minority Business Development Agency, Miles Louison got an even sweeter surprise by being named Candy.com’s Candy Kid and awarded a $500 shopping spree to stock up on candy supplies for his company.  The story of Miles and The Dessert Company are featured in the Kid Zone on Candy.com.

While most children are getting ready to go back to school and getting the jitters over who their next teacher will be, third grader Miles is focused on his confectionary business, saving up for his college education and dreaming about what his next candy creation will be


Candy.com CEO, Greg Balestrieri and Co-Founder, Joe Melville two cousins who recently launched their online candy company have always wanted to support kids who have an entrepreneurial spirit and acknowledge good kids who do great things.  The Candy Kid Award is there way of doing just that.

According to Balestrieri, they knew Miles had to be their first Candy Kid when they learned he had not only started his own candy business, but also had the heart to donate $30 from the profits to help relief efforts for earthquake victims.

“Good kids do great things all the time, but we don’t hear about them enough.  That’s why we wanted to find those kids and let them know they’re on the right track.  That’s what our Candy Kid Award is all about.“ said Balestrieri.

The cousins worked with Lynnea Louison, Miles’ Mom to set up the surprise.  They phoned the young candy maker to tell him that they too were entrepreneurs and they wanted to make sure he had all the candy he needed to keep making his special candy sushi.  


“We got a great kick out of Miles’ reaction,” laughed Melville.  “This Candy Kid is wasting no time developing his next product. He’s got great ideas about what he  wants to make and he even came up with one of our most unusual requests for custom-made lollipops.  Right now my Dad is over at Melville Candy busy making up clear, coconut flavored crabs lollipop just for our little go-getter.” 

The Candy.com Candy Kid Award was conceived as a way to promote young entrepreneurs and support creative young minds who have big hearts and big dreams.  Because our kids are growing up in a tough economy, Candy.com is dedicated to helping them become enterprising, self-reliant leaders who will make a difference.

The Candy.com search team is on the lookout for special kids who deserve to be recognized and a Candy Kid.  To nominate your favorite Candy Kid send a short video of no more than 3 minutes, or send an email telling Candy.com about the great things your good kid is doing.  Send all nominations to: candykid@candy.com

About Candy.com –


Candy.com is the go-to destination for everything candy - selling more than 6,000 different candy items including: Hershey, Chocolate Kisses, M&M, Jelly Belly, Tootsie, Wonka, PEZ, Necco, Nestles, Jolly Rancher, Clark, Pop Rock, Lindt, Harry and David, Melville Candy and more.  Co-founded by cousins Greg Balestrieri and Joe Melville who represent the third generation of their family-owned candy company, Candy.com is poised to become a key leader in the multi-billion dollar, recession-proof confectionery industry.  Candy.com is located in Weymouth, Massachusetts and ships anywhere in the U.S. via UPS.  For more information go to www.candy.com.

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