Hi. My name is Rachel Reed-Dalhover and I am the Owner/Confectioner at Scintillating Sweets. I have a passion for All Things Sweet and I love sharing my creations with others. I think food gifts are the Best Thing Ever and they are always appropriate for any occasion. I hope my candy will bring joy to you and your family and friends the way they have brought joy to mine.
I learned how to make peanut brittle from my mom and taught myself how to make caramels. I am a purist when it comes to my candy...You won't find me making any unusual flavors or following any of the latest diet trends. NOPE. My treats are full of fat, full of dairy, and full of sugar- because That Shit Is Delicious!
I started my own business because I was extremely unhappy at my previous jobs. I felt a little piece of my soul dying inside every time I went to work. It started to affect my physical and mental health, so I left abruptly in 2017.
I took a year off to heal and reflect on my life, and in 2018, I decided to pursue my dream of owning my own bakery/candy company. We renovated our basement into a commercial kitchen because I knew I couldn’t handle a storefront, and I would sell exclusively online so I wouldn’t have to deal with people. It seemed like the perfect idea! It was so exciting building my kitchen and website.
Everyone who tried my candy loved it. The problem was the only people I was reaching were friends and family. I struggle with communication and have severe social anxiety, which makes it difficult for me to put myself out there. It’s hard to have a successful business without many customers.
In the beginning of 2023 I was diagnosed with AUTISM and ADHD. My Life Suddenly Made Sense! My extreme anxiety, fatigue, sensory issues, memory issues, difficulty with social interaction, inability to keep ‘normal’ hours, time management, etc.
So, why did I tell you all of this? Because! You Have No Idea How Much I Appreciate Your Support!!! It is a struggle to find and maintain employment as a neurodivergent person. By purchasing a delicious bag of candy from me, you are helping me support myself and feel like a contributing member of society.
This is where the magic happens...