Eating candy is a rite of passage for many kids. Think back to your childhood. What sweets come to mind? Some craved fruity treats, while others couldn’t resist a creamy, chocolate confection. Caramel is another ingredient that has taken center stage over the years.
What you might not know is that there are many different types of caramel, from sauces to wrapped treats. Caramels also enjoy a robust history in this country. As early as the 17th century, American settlers were making hard candies in kettles. (Today, these would be considered toffees.)
A few centuries later, a candy maker added fat and milk while boiling sugar and water. Voila….the caramel as we know it today! It seems the confectioner was on to something with that winning combination of ingredients. Caramels have their texture and mouthfeel because of the sugars and the milk solids. This creates the delicious caramelized flavor unique to this treat. Yum!
While the process hasn’t changed much over the years, the number of candy companies coming on to the scene has expanded. Not all are created equally, however. We are a family-run operation and take pride in our history. Grandma earned a reputation far and wide for her velvety smooth and exceptionally flavorful old-fashioned caramels. Dad followed suit, using the same recipe and careful methods and passed the tradition on to his own kids. We decided to join in the fun in 2017, when the business was officially established.
Times may have changed since Grandma was cooking up her sought-after confections. It’s our intention to maintain the integrity of the home-made goodness, as if Grandma were still cooking every batch. Every step of the process is hand-made and no preservatives are used to bring you the freshest, highest-quality caramel available. We hope you enjoy and will no doubt taste the difference!