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5 Small Candy Makers Living the Sweet Life

NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- Halloween is a time for ghosts and goblins, jack-o'-lanterns and haunted houses. But most of all, let's not forget the candy.

Small businesses that focus on gourmet chocolate and specialty candy are getting ready to start their holiday season, which begins with Halloween and lasts through Valentine's Day.

Halloween is a key time of year for the candy industry. This year, consumers plan to spend an average $72.31 on Halloween between costumes, candy, decorations and greeting cards, according to the National Retail Federation. While the largest percentage will go to costumes, nearly 30% of that average will be spent just on Halloween candy.

Wouldn't it be nice to turn a sweet tooth into a career? Here are five businesses successful in the candy industry.

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