The Startup Candy Factory was named after William Startup, the man who founded the store. The building located at 534 South 100 West was built in 1900 to help expand the family business.
One of the first candy factories in the state, the Startup Candy Company thrived in Utah’s dry climate. The Startup Candy Factory actually produced the first candy bar in the U.S., as well as being the first to produce and sell ice cream. This store helped Utah produce more candy than the rest of the intermountain states combined.
Along with their other amazing first time notions, the Startup Candy Factory was the first factory in the state to give employees a share of the profit they made. The Startup Candy Factory was designated to the Provo City Historic Landmarks registry on March 21, 1996.