Sweet! Dyslexic Schoolboy Turns Grandad's Fudge Recipe Into £40,000 Business

14/08/2014 17:01 | Updated 20 May 2015

Sweet! Dyslexic schoolboy turns grandad's fudge recipe into £40,000 business

A dyslexic schoolboy is set to rake in £40,000 a year after starting a fudge-making business using his grandad's secret recipe.

Fraser Bawtree, 13, struggled with schoolwork and so turned to cooking as a way to relax. He then started making fudge using his grandfather Nick's recipe to pay for a school trip.

But the confection was such a success he set up his own firm at the age of 11. In his first year of trading Fraser had a turnover of £13,000 and this year - after taking on an adult marketing manager - is set to turn over £40,000. Sweet!

Now his frasersfudj online shop is getting orders from fans in the US as well as Japan and all over Europe.

Sweet! Dyslexic schoolboy turns grandad's fudge recipe into £40,000 business

And the teenager became an overnight star after being chosen for the cover of American magazine Time For Kids, which has eight million readers.

Fraser, who lives with dad Tim and mum Zoe, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, said: "Being dyslexic, I find school work hard work, my cooking is a way of relaxing and working out all the costings and profit margins helps me with my maths too.

"People think that having dyslexia is a problem, but look at me now. One day I hope to have my own factory where I can make all sorts of Fudj products.

"I'm really pleased with how it has gone. I have always enjoyed cooking at home, especially sweet things like cookies, cakes and fudge. Mum helps me with the marketing but I do all the rest."

Fraser has funded his first overseas fact-finding mission to Shanghai and has been invited by TV chef Jamie Oliver to exhibit at his upcoming Big Feastival.

His online shop has been so successful he has now moved production to a small factory.

Dad Tim, 43, said the recipe was given to Fraser by his grandfather, retired physics teacher Nick, from Perth, Scotland, who died eight years ago aged 66.

Tim said: "It's nice that it's a Scottish recipe because we are a Scottish family.

"The recipe that Fraser uses was given to him by his granddad when he was a small boy.

"In his spare time my dad loved baking and cooking and often taught Fraser how to make biscuits, jam and fudge.

"From selling it at school it has taken on a life of its own and grown into a proper business."


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