The only thing better than being a kid in a candy store is being a kid at your own house and having a truck of sweet treats that comes to you. Enter Candy Connection, a literal candy shop on wheels. The brainchild of Stamford mom Margaux Marena, the vibrantly neon-painted candy truck houses just about any and every sweet imaginable and is now available to book for parties and events.
“I’m an all-or-nothing type of girl,” Marena says of her idea to launch the truck when planning her son Dylan’s eighth grade graduation party in early March. She had no problem finding plenty of options for food trucks, but dessert trucks (other than those with ice cream) was another story. She had a vision and wanted something fun and original and since she couldn’t seem to find what she was looking for, she did it herself. In April Marena purchased a black Chevrolet pickup truck and had it custom built into the super-fun candy party mobile it is today.
“The best part, hands down, are the smiles and excitement; the way the little kids’ faces light up when they see the truck for the first time is so special. The squeals as they run toward the truck will never get old,” says Marena.
The Candy Connection will travel all over the tri-state area for any private event, year-round. And with packages starting at 20 people, Marena can accommodate both large and small groups. With an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response thus far, Marena is psyched for the future of Candy Connection, with no shortage of ideas moving forward.
“So many people have been reaching out and they really love the whole idea,” says Marena. “You get to see the way that a certain candy or snack can instantly bring back special memories for people. I hear a lot of reminiscing going on around me. It’s great.”
Marena plans on making seasonal changes throughout the year and celebrating holidays with sweetness. She’ll stock the truck with treats like peeps at Easter, chocolate and candy hearts at Valentine’s Day and spooky treats at Halloween.
“I’d love old-school popcorn balls for Christmas, I have never met a theme I don’t like,” says Marena. “I have been doing candy buffets since my son turned one (he’s 14 now). The theme for his first birthday was “Dylan’s Candy Bar.” Also if you could see my pantry, it has always looked like a convenience/candy store. My pantry is famous to my kids’ friends.”