Teen markets virus-shaped goodies to cheer up ailing consumers, making a novelty product from the novel coronavirus
Entrepreneur Hudson Hale, 17, had been mulling over the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and was wondering if there was a product that could lift people’s spirits.
Stuck at home in the spring of 2020 and with online Oregon Episcopal School only taking up three hours each day, he had time to research. He discovered the Japanese candy Konpeito, whose sugar bobbles look vaguely like a coronavirus.
“The words COVID Candy just came into my head, it just kind of had a nice little ring to it,” Hale said. “So I started to searching around and trying to find different products and things that I could sell, and lo and behold, I discovered this old, traditional Japanese candy, Konpeito.”
Instead of manufacturing the candy, whose crystals take around two weeks to grow under