It’s good to see the American entrepreneurial spirit still alive and well. I got an email recently from Pete of Pete’s Caramels offering to send me a batch of his caramels to try. Never being one to pass up free candy, I said “Sure! Send them on!”
Here’s the story in a nutshell: Pete’s a senior in high school who loves to cook. He’s been perfecting his caramel recipe for years and he thinks he finally got it right so he started his own business making and selling the caramels. They’re made with all natural ingredients and no preservatives. He even takes orders for custom flavored caramels and you can get a sample of his caramels for a measly buck. Sounds like a good business plan.
So, I got my batch of caramels in the mail and couldn’t wait to try them out. They are hand-wrapped in wax paper though he said he may be switching to or offering cellophane wrap soon. The caramels were very soft – much softer than those Kraft caramel cubes we all know.
How do they taste? They’re awesome. Sweet, buttery, creamy – all the things you want in a caramel candy. My wife said it’s the best caramel she’s ever had and I agree. Fantastic. Pete suggests trying them melted on things like ice cream and cake even. My wife sliced up an apple to eat the next day and a light bulb went off in my head – caramel apple! I threw two caramels in a ramekin and popped it in the microwave for 20 seconds (10 seconds twice). Then we dipped the apple slices into the caramel – heaven!
He also sent us a single Raspberry Caramel and a single Maple Caramel. The Raspberry Caramel looked only slightly pinkish so I figured it would be a subtle raspberry flavor and it was. Very nice. The raspberry flavor nicely compliments the caramel but doesn’t overpower it. The maple flavor was very faint, which is good because maple can be overpowering. It’s nice and subtle and in the background. Not bad at all, but I prefer the plain or raspberry caramels.
These caramels are amazingly good. They’re pretty sweet though – I couldn’t eat more than two in a sitting. They are definitely good enough to earn the Candy Addict Awesomely Addictive Candy Award. Congrats, Pete! I predict sweet success for you!