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Are Candy Fundraisers Profitable?

Post Icon Posted on 11/05/2009
Written by Howard Gottlieb
For some reason people are the most confused when it comes to figuring out whether candy fundraisers are profitable or not.

Actually many people have a hard time figuring out what candy fundraising profits are and how they calculate them. Here are the basics:

You purchase fundraising candy by the case. In most instances a case contains multiple carriers of candy in each each. For example Hershey's candy fundraisers come with 4 carriers of candy in each case. You might get 52 candy bars in each carrier. You get 4 carriers in each case. So that means that each case has 208 candy bars.

It is important to know how much product you will get before you try to figure out the profit. The next thing you should do is determine how many cases of candy you want to buy. Candy is priced by the case. The more cases you buy the less expensive price you pay for each case.

Obviously the less you pay for a case the more money you make when you sell the case. Just about every fundraising website shows the prices per case. Many people look at the prices shown in price lists and see that prices drop when the number of cases increase.

Some actually see 1 case might cost $110 and 10 cases might show $100 so they ask if they could purchase 10 cases for a total of $100. Based on that logic if you bought enough eventually the price would drop to zero. The lesson is to know what you are paying per case so you can calculate profits.

Finally people get confused when we tell them they will make $60 profit when they sell the candy in the $100 case they just purchased. How can they make less than the cost they ask. We explain that they are selling 160 candy bars for a dollar each. That totals $160. They use the $100 to repay themselves for the cost of the candy bars and keep the $60 as profit.

I hope this article answers some of the questions about how to calculate the profits on candy bar fundraisers.

Top Candy Fundraising Products

Peanut FREE $1 Chocolate Bars

Original One Dollar Bars are PEANUT FREE and the largest fundraiser candy bars. Besides being the largest candy bar the One Dollar Bars are only sold through fundraising and are not sold in discount retail stores or vending machines at discounted prices. With only a one case minimum, this chocolate fund raising product is perfect for small groups.

Hershey $2 Candy Bars

This new $2 Hershey's Fundraising Candy Variety Pack offers bigger bars, the biggest brands and the biggest profits. These candy bars are much larger than the $1 candy bars.They are easy to sell and can help you make bigger profits on every sale.

Chocolatiers Candy Bar

You can still make high profits with a candy bar fundraiser. Our Chocolatiers Candy Bars offer profits as high as 60%. There is a small one case minimum and shipping is always FREE. These candy bars are manufactured in a peanut free facility and guaranteed to be peanut free.

Original One Dollar Chocolate Candy Bar

The Original One Dollar Bars comes in two different variety packs. These are our best selling candy bar fundraisers. They offer the largest one dollar fundraising candy bar that is manufactured in a peanut free facility.

Welch's Fruit Snacks

People struggle when choosing a product for a youth fundraiser because of childhood obesity. If you are looking for a healthier alternative to chocolate bars or lollipops, consider selling our Welch's Fruit Snacks Variety Pack. The snacks are 100% Vitamin C, an excellent source of Vitamins A and E, FAT FREE, Made with real fruit and have no preservatives.


Smencils scented pencils made from recycled newspapers are perfect for schools. Each scented pencil sells for $1 and are shipped in cases containing 10 buckets with 50 Smencils in each. Smencils are available in two varieties. Regular Black Lead as well as assorted fun colors. Best of all shipping is FREE!

Jack Links Beef Jerky

Jack Links Beef Sticks are a great alternative to candy fundraising. The beef sticks meet or exceed most school nutritional standards. The sticks sell for only $2 each. You can purchase as little as 1 case and shipping is absolutely free

Hershey Fundraising Candy

You can choose from 2 different candy bar variety packs including: Hershey's Max Candy Assortment: 10 Reese's 3 Cup, 10 Kit Kat, 6 Hershey Almond, 6 Caramello, 8 Hershey Milk Chocolate, 12 Hershey Take 5 or Hershey's Chocolatetown Plus: 10 Kit Kat, 8 Hershey's Milk Chocolate, 8 Hershey's Almond, 10 Reese's Pieces, 8 Twizzlers, 8 Reese's 3 Cup.

Pretzel Rods Fundraiser

You have to try our irresistibly sweet and salty chocolate covered pretzel rods! The Rods are dipped in milk chocolate and then rolled in delicious select toppings including crushed candy coated chocolates, toffee, and rainbow sprinkles. The mixture of salty pretzel, sweet chocolate, and toppings is sure to satisfy all cravings! Fall Promotion: 1 Free Case with every 20 cases!

Cal Pack Healthy Snack Fundraiser

This is the original Pak that started it all. Still, the best selling healthy snack fundraiser in America. The Cal Pak is CA SB-12 compliant with 35-10-35 regulations in California, so it can be sold on campus during school hours. Also, CA SB-12 serves as the template for many other states which have recently added regulations. There are 66 snacks in each Cal Pak and 4 Cal Paks in each Mastercase.

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