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Kids Run the Show at Lickity Split Chocolate Studio

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Navajo Basket Chocolates and Pottery

Did your childhood dreams include starting your own candy company? Mine did, but the height of my manufacturing production was mixing candy bars into cookie dough and ice cream, and helping my mom melt chocolate over pretzels for holiday treats. Clearly, the kids at Lickity Split Chocolate Studio, LLC, are more accomplished in their dreams than I was. Not only have the Navajo and Ute children created a candy company, but they’ve incorporated Native American culture into their work to produce unique, sweet gifts.

Lickity Split is primarily operated by kids between the ages of 9 and 14, and a handful of adults handle the legal part of the business. Since the incentive to make money and chocolate is a big draw for children, each child must keep a 2.5 or higher grade point average in school to participate in the company. AmeriCorps VISTA members and community volunteers tutor the children to ensure their grades are good enough for chocolate.

The kids have already made incredible entrepreneurial strides—according to Lickity Split’s website, they live in an impoverished county in Utah where the Native population is more than 50%, but Native-owned businesses consist of less than 1% of local industry.

If you want to help these already successful kids further along their way and buy some great-looking candy, check out their online store. My personal favorite is the Spirit Bear lollipop, and I’d love to order a few and read the story of the bear that comes with each pop.

With Mother’s Day rapidly approaching, now is a good time to order the most expensive (yet still quite affordable) item in the store: the Navajo Basket Chocolates and Pottery pictured with this article. A worthy cause and cool candy—doesn’t get much better than that.



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