Maryland's Coast Inspires Sweet Success

Maryland's Coast Inspires Sweet Success

​Brother sister duo lead family’s legacy company, Dolly's Candyland

By Melanie Pursel, Director of Economic & Tourism Development

From hoteliers and candy makers to fishing charters and developers, Maryland’s Coast is home to many companies with deep family roots. One thriving multi-generational enterprise is Dolle’s Candyland. We recently visited with Anna Dolle Bushnell and Andrew Dolle to learn about their ‘home grown’ business.

Sweet Taste of Success

For four generations, the Dolles have owned and operated their eponymous Candyland serving handcrafted chocolates, saltwater taffy and caramel popcorn. Their sweet legacy began when grandfather Rudolph Dolle Sr. opened his flagship shop on OC’s famous boardwalk in 1910. And the rest – as they say – is history!

After assuming leadership roles from their parents in 2001, Anna and Andrew now oversee a sweet empire producing 350,000 pounds of candy annually for millions of loyal customers. They expanded twice in the past five years, opening shops in West OC (2016) and Berlin (2020).

Anna and Andrew agree that their first priority is to maintain Dolle’s production quality, while growing capacity and enhancing customer experience - not necessarily add more stores. Andrew explained that as co-owners, they divide responsibilities. He is the ‘candy man’ - overseeing quality, taste and production - while Anna manages business operations and marketing.

Thanks to Worcester County’s Manufacturing Machinery Tax Exemption (MMTE), Dolle’s was able to expand its wholesale line and create year-round jobs in a typically seasonal business. With 35 full-time employees, they are also of the largest wholesalers of salt water taffy in the U.S. During the summer season, they employ an additional 50 people to keep up with demand of visitors to Maryland’s Coast.

For more than a century, Dolle’s Candyland has been a vibrant and vital part of Worcester’s economy; creating full-time and seasonal  jobs, expanding production, and creating sweet memories of coastal visits for millions of loyal customers.

Learn how our economic development office can help your business start, expand or relocate on Maryland’s Coast. Call (410) 632-3112 or email Michele Burke, Recruitment and Retention specialist, at mburke@ChooseMarylandsCoast.org.