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Toffee Manufacturing Leads to Sweet Growth

Build Smart. Lead Strong.
January 13, 2021 1:00 PM

Dave ChmieleskwiA firefighter’s handmade toffee has evolved into an award-winning soft toffee manufacturing business. Andrew Chmielewski knew his father’s toffee recipe was one of a kind, so he started manufacturing the toffee several years ago. Andrew and his confectionary team have grown the business year-after-year. Along the way, they have been the recipient of many awards. Join Jenn as she interviews Andrew on what makes “Dave’s Sweet Tooth” toffee so great, and how they continue to innovate resulting in “sweet” company growth.

About Dave's Sweet Tooth

DST_Logo (3)When Dave Chmielewski started making toffee in his home kitchen, he never thought it would be where it is today. Dave, a retired Detroit Fire Fighter, had always loved to cook and bake. When he started making his infamous almond toffee however, the response was unlike anything he had seen before. People soon started calling the house and demanding that he make them some of this delicious treat. With a few homemade labels and some Ball mason jars, Dave began to sell his confectionary creation. What had started as a hobby quickly became more like a full-time job. Dave's son, Andrew, had always loved his dad's cooking, and when he saw the demand that his father's toffee was creating, he knew that there was something there. In early 2011, inspired by his father's recipe and eager to put his passion for business to work, Andrew decided to create a business that would allow people across the country to taste the decadent treat...not to mention, free up space in his mother's kitchen. Dave's Sweet Tooth was born. People started spreading the word, and soon, Dave's Sweet Tooth was popping up in homes and businesses across the country, and even garnered national notoriety with an appearance on The Today Show and Good Morning America. The response was unanimous--people couldn't get enough! And they still can't. We sure hope to keep it that way. Sticking to the tradition of creating handmade toffee in our home state of Michigan remains a priority, and using the very best ingredients remains a promise. - www.davessweettooth.com 

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