After sending Lu Wan’er off, Su Tang felt that there probably wouldn’t be too many more guests for the inner part of the cafe considering it was the first day, so she quickly cleaned up the place where Lu Wan’er had been sitting and then sat down herself to have a rest.
“Young miss, the toffee outside is almost sold out. Should we bring out some more?” But who could have expected that, as soon as she sat down, Baohe would come in and say something like this?
“They’re almost sold out? Didn’t you put 50 candies out? There were 50, but now they’re almost sold out?” Su Tang froze in shock for a moment after hearing Baohe’s report.
Su Tang had actually made careful considerations at the beginning when she had priced her toffee and had eventually settled on five copper coins per piece. After all, milk was a precious thing in this era, so it was impossible for her toffee that was made from milk to be sold cheaply. Even if her milk was actually produced by the space, she still couldn’t sell it cheaply.
And what kind of concept was five copper coins for one candy? Well, even though it might not be accurate to make such a direct comparison, but when Su Tang had taken Su Nuo out to a general store they had found that one copper coin could buy two yee candies that were about the same size as her toffee. It was with that information in mind that Su Tang had set the price of her toffee.
Thus, considering the price of other candies in the area, Su Tang hadn’t thought there would be too many buyers. However, even with her low expectations for sales, she had ended up making 100 candies in advance. After all, the weather was still cold so these kinds of candies could be stored for a time. So long as they were kept cool it would be fine to sell them a few days after they were made.
So it could be said that Su Tang had never expected that these candies would sell very well and had prepared accordingly. But now, only a short while after the cafe opened, Baohe had come in to tell her that the candies were almost sold out? This twist was completely beyond Su Tang’s expectations.
Baohe nodded. “This maidservant saw that many people came forward to buy one or two, and there a now less than 20 left. Perhaps the amount we have should be barely enough for today, but it’s hard to say. Also, that Young Master Zhu saw the young miss who came in earlier leaving with a cupcake, so he wanted me to ask…”
Baohe had come in and temporarily left manning the counter to Pengmo, not only to ask about the toffee, but also because that Young Master Zhu had seen the servant girl following Lu Wan’er had been carrying a cupcake when she left, so he wanted Baohe to go in and find out what was going on. Were those cupcakes only sold to female customers?
Hearing the question Baohe relayed from Young Master Zhu, Su Tang could only sigh and tell her how she had decided to handle the situation with Lu Wan’er and explain the deposit system. After that, Su Tang gave Baohe another 20 pieces of toffee to take out and sell.
While Baohe was doing that, Su Tang poked her head out to take a look and quickly figured out why the expensive toffee was selling so well. It was actually because the toffee was the cheapest item on the menu.
Of course, compared to the ordinary candies people were familiar with, Su Tang’s candies were very expensive. However, within Su Tang’s cafe, everything else was priced at 15 or 20 copper coins, so the candies seemed much cheaper by comparison.
On top of that, the toffee that Su Tang was selling was different from modern toffee which was made by machines and could be said to just taste okay. After all, Su Tang’s candies were all made by hand and all of the ingredients came directly from her space.
The ingredients inside the space all had a sort of supernaturally excellent taste, as if it were the best that ingredient could possibly taste, and Su Tang’s milk products were no exception.
Therefore, Su Tang’s toffee melted on the tongue and tasted nothing but sweet, with none of the fishy aftertaste that came from drinking milk directly. Anyone who ate one would agree that they were very delicious.
Plus, Su Tang’s cafe was relatively close to the academy, so the customers could afford it. After all, while you couldn’t say that all of the students there were rich, they could all at least afford to pay the two taels of silver per year that the academy collected for tuition, so they weren’t poor either.
Su Tang’s toffee was very tasty so, even if the students couldn’t afford to eat it every day, they could at least afford it occasionally to satisfy their sweet tooth. And, naturally, many people also just bought one because it was something new and fresh to try.
There were about a hundred students in the academy since the nearby villages all sent their children here to learn, so even if only half of them decided to try the candies, there would be a huge quantity of orders.
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