When I think of caramel, I associate the candy with sticking to my teeth and gums long after eaten. So even though I enjoy the flavor, I tend to shy away from it for this reason. Northeast-based McCrea’s Candies makes an innovative caramel product that uses a proprietary recipe that eliminates corn syrup and uses quality natural ingredients so their caramel won’t stick to your teeth. They combine cane sugar, fresh local milk and cream, local butter, molasses, salt and natural flavorings to create the slow-cooked, handcrafted caramels.
McCrea’s Caramels was founded by husband and wife team Jason and Kate McCrea who were dedicated to making the best caramel in the world. Building upon backgrounds in biology and chemistry, the McCrea’s transitioned into the science of caramel making after double layoffs. Starting in a home kitchen with a wooden spoon, pot and candy thermometer, the McCrea’s business has expanded and now offers a full line of caramel varieties to retail outlets throughout North America. I was introduced to them at the Newport Mansions Wine and Food show where the team was handing out samples.
Shortly thereafter, the company contacted me and I received a sample of their innovative flavors to try. I received their “Flavor Family” and a few pillow boxes that each contains 5 pieces.
The Flavor family includes McCrea’s flagship product featuring Hawaiian black lava sea salt. McCrea’s also offers such classic flavors as vanilla, Highland single malt scotch, dark roasted mocha, ginger fusion, Cape Cod sea salt, rosemary truffle sea salt, tapped maple and deep chocolate.
They also offer some additional flavors using striking seasonings to produce provocatively flavored caramel combinations such as curried butternut, cinnamon clove and café noir. I enlisted some friends to help sample the caramels. Everyone loved the soft texture and appreciated the non-stickiness. The group was intrigued by the extraordinary flavor pairings. The vanilla, deep chocolate and cinnamon flavors rose to the top of their taste buds. Some even suggested pairing the cinnamon flavor with a slice of apple pie for the ultimate fall dessert.
You can purchase McCrea’s Caramels either online, on their website or Amazon, or at small boutiques, specialty shops and retail chains in the US and Canada. The McCrea’s website has a listing of retailers that carry the product. Personally, I think it would make a great holiday stocking stuffer, or grab bag and hostess gift.
A few other special facts to note about McCrea’s Caramels – recently the company was named as a 2016 Good Food Awards Finalist, a Martha Stewart Living American Made 2015 Food Finalist, and voted number 3 on the USA Today “10 Best for Foodies” list. In addition, these caramels were awarded the Yankee Magazine Editor’s Choice Food Award in 2014 and Best Candy honors at the 2012 New England Dessert showcase.
Have you ever tried McCrea’s Caramel candies?
What’s your favorite flavor of caramel candy?
Disclaimer: While I was provided with a complimentary sample of McCrea’s caramels and sauce, the opinions and views expressed above are my own and describe my personal experience.