We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea Caroline and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrea, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve been a creative ever since I can remember. I was quite the entrepreneur as a little girl as well! I would draw flowers on scrap cardboard and ask my grandfather (who was a painter himself) if I could sell my drawings at his pharmacy. He would let me hang them high on the wall so that all the patrons could see them and purchase if they desired. I would also cross stitch Christmas ornaments when I was in elementary school and sell them at the local bazaar. Creating things in my mind and then watching them become a reality has always been the joy of my life. To later find out as an adult that people would pay for my confections gave me the confidence I needed to start my own hard candy lollipop company in 2012.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m proud to say that I created a style in lollipops that was never seen before. Back when I started lollipops in 2012, I decided that I wanted to do something DIFFERENT, something that was never done before. I emersed myself for weeks thinking of ideas and designs. I discovered edible glitter in November 2012 and started incorporating edible images into my hard candy. I experimented with sugar crystals, patterns and color combinations. I knew that I needed to give my style A NAME. “Sparkly” lollipops was too predictable. So I decided on SPARKLE lollipops and hashtagged everything! Soon enough, people started replicating my designs across the world. I have seen imitators come and go throughout the years. It is flattering, but also kind of upsetting as I run a business, so I do consider this intellectual property. Nevertheless, my company has distinguished itself amongst the best clients in the world. We have worked with Marc Jacobs, Hermes, Chanel, Facebook, Pinterest, Pandora, Neiman Marcus, and dozens more! We have the full list on our site. We also just recently worked with one of the Spice Girls (whose name I cannot say!) on her new lipstick line with matching colored lollipops. Definitely one of the highlights of my career!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh! Actually just did this about 2 weeks when a friend visited from Boston. I took her to some of my favorite restaurants: Watercourse Foods and City o’ City near the capital. We also visited Molly Brown’s house, went to Larimer Square, and we took a day trip to Breckenridge and went to the best pizza place ever: Piante Pizzeria.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Definitely want to dedicate this to my fabulous team! I would be no where without them, especially my mother Lizzette who has been my right hand lady since 2014.
Soona Studios for the orange background photo