By Candice Wagener | Photography by Hillary Schave
While Quince & Apple is a familiar Madison brand, its offshoot, The Modern Candy Company, is new to the food scene. Owners Matt and Clare Stoner Fehsenfeld are the husband-wife team behind the business, with over a decade of experience making fruit-focused products at Quince & Apple. Now they’re using confections to showcase Wisconsin-grown ingredients in a whole new light.
The Modern Candy Company specializes in pâte de fruit, a traditional French-style confection consisting of fruit puree, cane sugar, pectin and a bit of citrus for tartness. Flavors include mandarin orange, pink grapefruit, raspberry and chili mango. In addition, they’re producing a line infused with hemp-derived CBD oil.
Matt remembers biking to the gas station as a kid on allowance day. “I always loved fruit-forward and sour and interesting candy. I wanted to do something like this for a long time.”
They’re also committed to working with local producers. Their CBD- infused product is on shelves at The Healthy Place, another family business and uses organically-grown Wisconsin hemp.
Their mission is to create high-quality, hand-crafted candy. “Candy is all about having fun and being joyful and we could elevate that if we feel really good about the candy we’re eating,” says Matt.
They also hope to funnel growth back into our economy by using Wisconsin products as exclusively as possible.
The Modern Candy Company’s CBD-infused candies are made with “third party lab-tested, THC-free hemp extracts.”
In addition to their candies and preserves, the entrepreneurial artisan food duo also make Fix cocktail syrups and Treat nut mixes.