How far would you go in pursuit of the perfect caramel? For sisters Alysia and Tammy Lok, it’s a journey that has led them to quit their jobs, build out a commercial kitchen, and spend countless hours tweaking and tasting to create perfect little batches of sweetness.
Caramia Caramels is a new local venture that’s getting its feet off the ground by means of a Kickstarter. Founders Alysia and Tammy began their journey after falling in love with artisanal caramels from Europe and doing whatever they could to recreate the taste. Caramia is the result–a company that strives to create perfect, melt-in-your-mouth caramels that blend unique flavours with the salty, sweet, and the umami.
“Only high quality, whole, natural ingredients go into our caramels–no artificial flavors, preservatives or nasty chemicals,” says the company’s Kickstarter page. The campaign began as a way for Alysia and Tammy to source a new candy cooking machine, which will allow them to make more caramels per batch at a consistently excellent quality than their current stove-top method. The Kickstarter’s first funding goal of $13,000 was reached on November 4, 2016, with a further stretch goal of $18,000 met as of November 14, 2016.
The campaign still has 10 days to go, so new backers are able to get their hands on different caramel packages on the Kickstarter page.
So what do the caramels taste like?
Caramia offers a range of flavours, including: Smoked Maple Bacon, London Fog Latte, The Original, and Sriracha Roasted Almond. Each one has subtle differences, such as the crisp crunch of bacon or a tiny flash of Sriracha heat. The caramels are soft, rather than chewy–when they say melt-in-your-mouth, they mean it.
Personally, I’ve never been a fan of the salty-sweet combo. Most places butcher the combination by putting together something much too sweet with something much too salty (i.e. caramel and cheese popcorn–no, thank you). Caramia Caramels, on the other hand, manage the salty-sweet flavour perfectly. The caramels blend beautifully, with flavours that subtly hint rather than bust the tastebud doors down. They’re a delight to nibble on and each one left me feeling sad once it had been consumed (especially as the bag became lighter and lighter).
Caramia’s goal is to make beautiful caramels and, just like their Kickstarter, they’ve met their goals. I can’t recommend this company enough to those who appreciate the fine art of artisanal candy cooking. Support their Kickstarter or keep an eye on their market schedule–you won’t regret it.