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Killdeer woman makes bouquets out of candy

Killdeer's Jessica Klym is using her skills of creativity to make colorful bouquets out of candy. "Basically, they are flower bouquets, only out of candy. I've seen them on the Internet and decided I can make my own," she said. The arrangements a...

Killdeer's Jessica Klym is using her skills of creativity to make colorful bouquets out of candy.

"Basically, they are flower bouquets, only out of candy. I've seen them on the Internet and decided I can make my own," she said.

The arrangements are made out of mini-candy bars, chocolate kisses, suckers, coffee or hot chocolate packs.

"I've made a base that was actually a six-pack of pop," she said.

She wraps each candy in cellophane and ties it to a stick with a bow.

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"For birthdays, I have mini-balloons in them," she said.

Klym purchases her candy locally.

"It's cheaper to buy in bulk, but I don't have use for 10 pounds of candy. I like a little bit of everything without the shipping," she said.

She started the business in May, and has shown the products at craft shows in Killdeer and Dickinson.

"So far the biggest holiday has been Christmas. We'll see what Valentine's Day brings," she said.

Klym is pleased with her success.

"Killdeer and Dickinson have been very good to me. I have over 20 orders to get done by next week. I'm shocked actually. I haven't advertised," she said.

Klym plans to start selling the candy bouquets in Cando where she has a friend.

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"I know lots of people want me to set up a Web site, but I haven't yet. I need to get a new computer before I try it," she said.

She said pictures of the candy bouquets don't do them justice.

"I never made two that are the same. Everything is a little different," she said.

Klym credits 4-H projects for fostering her love of creating. She considered cookie bouquets, but didn't want to be making cookies in her kitchen all the time.

"I've always had a hint of creativity in me. I've arranged flowers for friends for their weddings. My goal is to have a flower shop. This way, I can stay home with my little boy, Brayden," she said.

"Actually, I have a bachelor's degree in nursing. I'm a registered nurse. Right now, I also do contract work for the public health nurse in Killdeer," she said.

Her husband, Chris, works as an electrician for Dakota Westmoreland, Beulah.

Klym works on the bouquets in abasement room to keep the candy away from Brayden.

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"Most of the work gets done at 9 o'clock at night," she said.

For more information send e-mail messages to JAKCreations@hotmail.com or call 764-6398.

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