I caught up with the lovely Jess from The Treat Kitchen located on Wheeler Gate, Nottingham.
Find out about their family run business and all of the lovely sweets they have to offer. Perfect for sweetie tables or wedding favours!
When did the Treat Kitchen begin?
I opened our first confectionery store in Nottingham city centre in September 2014 with my husband Martin. We are both passionate about sweets, in fact Martin’s family, the Barnetts have had a sweet factory in Nottingham since the 1890’s. We sell over three hundred different varieties of sweets, chocolates and fudge. We are known for our innovative and quirky packaging, especially our signature milk bottles. In March 2015 we opened our second store in Leicester’s Highcross shopping centre.
How many people work in the Nottingham branch?
It’s a family affair at The Treat Kitchen, Martin and I manage the business along with Martin’s brother Tom. Their father Patrick, a retired chemistry teacher makes all our delicious fudge in the store’s open plan kitchen. They are joined by our shop supervisor Farrah and our two apprentices Ryan and Fizz.
What’s your favourite sweet and why?
Out of the three hundred plus sweets that we stock in the business my all-time favourite has to be our strawberry cheesecake dessert sweet. This new take on the traditional boiled sweet has a delicious melted centre which is packed with flavour! I’m also fanatical about our salted caramel fudge, the velvety soft fudge is topped with crunchy sea salt flakes…yum!
Out of your hundred’s of sweets do any stand out as the most popular sweet for a wedding?
Our ‘Sweet Shop Heroes’ range which includes classics like shrimps, cola bottles and dolly mixtures is hugely popular. However some brides like to go for more traditional boiled sweets like humbugs or sherbet lemons. Weddings are so personal which is why we offer a totally bespoke service working to a bride’s specific colour scheme or wedding style. We recently created a strawberry and champagne fudge for a bride which she gave to her guests as favours.
Which sweet is the most popular as a favour at a wedding?
Our Gourmet Jelly Beans make great favours and prove popular with brides because of the huge range in colours and flavours, thirty six to be exact. They are all gluten free, vegetarian, halal and kosher which means none of your guests have to miss out on the treats. There are thousands of different favour designs in terms of packaging, from little jam jars to mini bird cages. Couples can choose to either buy the complete favour or just the confectionery on its own if they already have a container in mind.
Do you offer a sweetie cart or sweetie table service?
We can create a candy buffet for brides specifically tailored to their chosen style and colour scheme. Popular choices include shabby chic, rustic country and classic glamour. Some venues provide the jars and containers for wedding parties to make up their own candy bar. We can provide the sweets to fill the jars at a competitive price and brides can choose from our extensive range to create the perfect collection of sweet treats.
What price do these start at?
Prices depend on the confectionery chosen. Bulk confectionery prices start at £8.95 per kilo and complete candy buffet prices start from £150.00. We invite couples to come into the store for an initial consultation and tasting session. Based on any ideas or preferences they might have we create a range for them to choose from and of course try!
Do you offer any wedding packages?
Brides can choose a combination package of favours and a candy bar, again prices depend on the confectionery chosen.
The Nottingham branch is open from 10am-6pm Monday to Saturday and 11am-5pm on a Sunday. Pop along and meet the team with your ideas and we can create the perfect solution for your big day!