Candy Tree, Inc., a family business located in Sayville, New York. We are a business that treats the world with kindness, generosity & respect through product offerings and business practices.
Candy Tree, Inc. is focused on developing kid created, gender neutral books and activities for early readers ages 2-7. Candy Tree, Inc.’s primary mission is to create children’s books and related products that foster a bond between parents/caregivers and their children and to help children develop a lifelong love of reading. We also aim to develop products that inspire imagination, to encourage children to never give up on their dreams, and to create wonderful new holiday traditions and precious family memories for years to come!
At the center of Candy Tree, Inc. is the fictional character Sugar, a little girl who has a big imagination and who doesn’t give up on her dreams. The original Sugar and the Candy Tree story line was inspired by the big imagination of the founder’s daughter, Olivia, and was illustrated by the founder’s two sons, Sam and Ben. Candy Tree, Inc. is not just a business, but a cherished adventure that has brought this family closer together.
The seed for Candy Tree, Inc. was planted when CEO Michelle Doxsee of Candy Tree, Inc. had a conversation with her then five year old daughter: “Mommy, mommy, I want to grow a candy tree!” Olivia exclaimed. Olivia’s face was lit up with excitement and determination. Michelle began to engage in a fun conversation with Olivia on how they would go about doing such a thing. Olivia knew exactly what to do, “We’ll plant the magic seeds, and then sprinkle the magic dust, and then the tree will grow!” Olivia said. And so they did. Thus began their festive annual family tradition of growing a candy tree, which eventually became the inspiration for their first book, Sugar and the Candy Tree. From there it became a family affair with Sam & Ben, who were 9 and 11 at the time, creating the illustrations for the book.