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All our candy is handcrafted at The Red Balloon

Our Founding Artisan

For Managing Director Pascal Menezes, Candy is not just a sweet treat, it is an ‘Art’ that he lovingly carries a great passion for…a passion he shares with his wife Nina.

Born on a farm near Hobart, Pascal is pure Tasmanian. And it shows in his commitment for pure products made of the finest natural and vegan ingredients.

Being an artisan came early to Pascal, “It stems back to being a farm kid stuck inside on all those rainy days in Tassie. I discovered a fascination around opening a cookbook and bringing a recipe to life, it really was captivating.”

Fast forward through two decades as a leader in the industry, that have seen Menezes license his techniques to artisans in Japan, China, Korea, Kuwait, Spain and Holland.

Now on rainy days, Pascal takes his own son and daughter into the kitchen…

Our Products

Using timeless recipes and production methods, we fuse new age ideas like 3D printing, edible imagery, moulding and casting.

Our aim is to help even the grumpiest grownups, recapture that joyful sense of childlike wonder.

We take both online orders and wholesale orders.

We take wedding themed candy orders. Please contact us to discuss your options for your wedding candy needs, including an option for personalised creations.

We take corporate orders, including custom creations featuring your branding.

Please check out our award-winning Personalised Printa Pop orders too.

Our Name

Established in 2006, our name The Red Balloon Candy Artisans comes from a short kids book from France called Pascal & The Red Balloon.

This idea correlated with what Pascal had as a vision for the candy company. (The book itself is also how his parents chose his name.)

The Red Balloon Candy Artisans were located near Prahran Town Hall

Our Retail Store

With over 14 years under our belts in the retail sector in Victoria, we have decided to make a shift or pivot. Recent events that have transpired worldwide, have seen us close our current retail store in Prahran as of May 2020.

An incredibly difficult decision to make. We would say the hardest in business to date. But one decision that was imperative to keep us alive in this fast moving landscape called business.

Moving Forward

We have now dedicated The Red Balloon Candy Artisans to an ‘online’ platform, where we are currently working through a new business model to keep our passion alive and thriving, moving forward through this tumultuous era.

Stay tuned, as we are taking the time to get this right in order to reshape ourselves, yet still maintain our place as industry leaders and innovators.

As a proudly Australian owned and family run small business, we are eternally grateful for all of your support!

Video courtesy of Pixel3 Video Production.