In January 2017, O'Connor and Budde founded Candide. They take its inspiration and name from Voltaire's hero, Candide. O'Connor and Budde want to demonstrate that just like Voltaire's Candide - they use the art of self criticism to improve on their technique and methods of production. As in the classic novel - those who adhere to this method usually become better at what they do. O'Connor and Budde believe that in order to achieve outstanding craftsmanship and produce you have to marry these two worlds. This is how Candide chocolates are made.