We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.
- Arthur O'Shaughnessy & Willy Wonka

We are Vintage Confections. Established in 2008, we create beautiful works of lollipop art featuring your brand, logo, tagline, personal photos, text and digital artwork. Images are encapsulated in each piece making for outstanding conversation pieces at weddings, tradeshows and parties. Do they taste good? Yes. They do. We don't make "old" candy as our name translates. We put a 21st century spin on an 18th century process.

Creativity is intelligence having fun.
-Albert Einstein

Vintage Confections was born out of pure curiosity. Founder, Heather Kelly, had heard of an online handmade marketplace, Etsy, and she was interested in opening her own online store. What to sell? She began with custom fortune cookies where customers could write their own messages. Hancrafted cookies dipped in chocolate with hand-applied decorations began making their way to households across the United States. The cookies became so popular she decided to expand the operation into other sweet treats including lollipops. By 2010, the shop continued to grow and gain attention. Heather became interested in making hard candy lollipops in shapes not available commercially and she began specializing in lollipops made from handcrafted molds. Martha Stewart Weddings provided some attention to these pieces intended for the wedding market and published them in their 2010 edition as escort cards. They later followed up with requests for lollipops for Dylan Lauren's bridal shower in the form of monogram lollipops. (daughter to Ralph Lauren and CEO to Dylan's Candy Bar) With customized requests on the rise, Heather ultimately began offering fully customized lollipops in order to be able to suit every possible need. The edible art lollipop was born in early 2012 after about a year of research and development. The confectionery industry had seen nothing like it and Vintage Confections became the first to offer it.   

If you can dream it, you can do it.
-Walt Disney

Planet Lollipops by Vintage Confections® are actually conceived by Heather Kelly's oldest son Jordan in 2012, aged 15 at the time, who was very interested in space. The spherical shape of the lollipop reminded him of planets and he suggested the idea of making the lollipops with encapsulated planet images. Initially developed for the wedding industry, the encapsulated edible art lollipop ultimately became a world wide sensation by way of the Planet Lollipop® series.  

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
-Edgar Degas

Vintage Confections manufactures products in the United States. They have one retail presence in Clarendon Hills, Illinois. Vintage Confections business name is derived from hard candy history, dating back to the 1800s. "Vintage" refers to the age behind the history of the hard candy process and "Confections" referring to the sweet output of that process. They manufacture products only in the United States from a fully licensed 14,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Darien, Illinois. They have begun accepting co-manufacturing contracts for specialized products containing boiled sugars geared toward the pharmaceutical and other industries within the US.  Products continue to be made by hand to date.  Customizations include but are not limited to: encapsulated images (any digital image can be used), flavors, branded sticks and wrappers. While initially geared toward the wedding market, Vintage Confections custom lollipops can be suited to any event including corporate, wedding, parties, bridal showers and birthdays.  The options are literally endless and only surpressed by ones imagination.

Creativity is a Continual Surprise
- Ray Bradbury

 

CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS: 8404 S. Wilmette Ave. Unit F Darien, IL  60561

RETAIL STORE AND COMMERCIAL KITCHEN: 27 S. Prospect Ave. Clarendon Hills, IL  60514

 

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Heather Kelly
Founder, CEO
Cheryl Carr
CFO, Co-owner
Matt Carr
Director of Sales and Business Development
Tina Welch
General Manager
Kris Magaña
Graphic Design / Shift supervisor
Jean Malone
Shift supervisor
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"Great customer service! All questions were answered in a timely manner. She even rushed my order to insure I received them before my son's party. He loved them!"
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"Wowowow!!! These pops are so tasty and so cute! Each one has a unique and amazing flavor! They're so precious, I just want to eat them all at once. 10/10 will definitely be coming back for more!"
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"The planet lollipops are amazing. Perfect gift for anyone who likes space"
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"Sorry, Moon, you don't rate high enough to get your own sucker."
Taste Pluto: Solar system lollipops are otherworldly
CNET - September 06, 2012
"It’s been a crazy phenomenon...We’ve had people come straight from the airport."
How a Clarendon Hills lollipop maker hit home in China
Blue Sky Innovation - April 22, 2014
"They are 100% handmade. Everything from start to finish is made in small batches. All by hand. It's a completely hand process from beginning to end"
OUT OF THIS WORLD PLANET LOLLIPOPS MADE IN CLARENDON HILLS
Chicago Channel 7 - May 06, 2014
"Every sweet and snack you can think of was spread across acres of McCormick Place for Chicago’s biggest ever Sweets and Snacks Expo"
Sweets and snacks expo teases the appetite
WGN TV Chicago - May 20, 2014
"She didn’t want to just pour a lollipop in a stock mold"
Vying for Vintage Confections
Hinsdale Living Magazine - May 21, 2014
"A small hobby turned into a Clarendon Hills-based candy company and a sugar-fueled international obsession"
2014 Global State Of The Industry: Beyond Borders
Candy Industry - June 13, 2014
Vintage Confections in the Chinese market (video)
SinoVision - July 05, 2014
"It's not just China. It's not just the United States. It encompasses everything that we're part of."
Chinese in 'orbit' over lollipops
ChinaDaily USA - August 05, 2014
"Edible ART at it's finest & YUMMIEST!"
Unique customized gift ideas for the holiday
First Coast News Jacksonville ~ The Chat with Noreen Young - November 12, 2015
"Take in a bit of culture with these artful—literally!—pops."
16 Ways to get a Sweet Sugar Rush
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"Vintage Confections creates some of the coolest lollipops we’ve ever seen"
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