Candy Machines

Candy machines are a longtime favorite of children and adults everywhere. They are commonly used to produce impulse sales of gumballs, chocolates or mints for profit or charity. Just a little pocket change and a simple twist of the lever rewards the user with a perfect bite-sized treat. Unlike buying candy in a traditional store, using a candy machine means never having to stand in line, and they can be used at all hours of the day and night. They also offer the benefit of controlled portions. This can help those who don’t want to keep a large bag of candy around to tempt them or to be wasted if only a small amount was desired.

Candy Machines

Candy Machines

The first mechanical candy machines were built in the late 1800’s by the Thomas Adams Gum Company to sell gum on train platforms in New York City. Since then, the gumball machine, along with other vending machines, has become a popular self-operating business unit that is placed in malls, restaurants, retail stores, hotels, airports and many other places where the general public has access to them. Some parents even buy candy machines for their children to use at home– perhaps as a way to learn to manage allowance money.

For those interested in a small vending business, candy machines are a great option. Constructed with very basic mechanics, they are purchased once and only require routine maintenance. The products that fill them can be purchased in bulk and sold at a tremendous markup price. A simple gumball machine in the right location can earn significant profits over time with very little time and effort invested.

There are many online retailers that sell candy machines, and a simple search can return many links to companies with a great variety of products to choose from including simple counter top models, freestanding machines, racks for multiple units and even fun spiral machines. Accessories such as gumball machine parts for repairs are also available. Used gumball machines are often available at reduced prices. If you do not want to own the machines or find them too expensive, many vending companies are willing to rent or lease them instead. Consulting local vendors that supply the machines is a great way to get an idea of the costs of buying versus renting or leasing. With an initial investment, a candy machine could turn into a very sweet small business.

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