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February 4, 2012

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For The Love Of Caramel

by Anne Paddock

My first introduction to caramel was in the form of those perfect little commercially produced squares wrapped in plastic. It was love at first sight and I realized that almost everything (apples, ice cream, popcorn, chocolate, cookies) tastes better with caramel.  Even the Girl Scouts discovered the marvels of caramel when they started selling Samosas and there are a hundred variations of the “turtle” with chocolate, nuts, and caramel blended together. But, the real epiphany was when I tasted homemade caramel: creamy, buttery caramel that melts in your mouth and leaves a lingering sweet taste.

28shcaramel1-3In Aspen, Colorado in the 1970’s there was a candy shop in the middle of town that made homemade caramel in blocks. My parents used to buy it by the pound and haul those golden blocks back to the northeast every year for friends and family to enjoy.  One of the biggest disappointments in my life was when they left the bag on the plane in 1976;  whoever found those blocks of caramel was one lucky person, who I assume had an appreciation for homemade caramel because we never got a phone call from Pan Am (or was it TWA?) even though our name was on the bag.

DSC_0193-4Flash forward a few decades to a town in New Hampshire called Nashua where Tammy Fahey started Suss Sweets, a company dedicated to making homemade caramel in seven flavors: original vanilla, sea salt, pecan, cappuccino, gingerbread, cinnamon apple, and pumpkin with sea salt.

Light in color, creamy, and chewy, Suss Sweet caramels have that old-fashioned buttery caramel flavor. Each batch is handmade, poured, shaped into logs, wrapped in parchment paper and tied with a ribbon.  There is nothing fancy about the wrapping (very New Hampshire) but the contents are amazingly delicious.  The caramel logs are best eaten by just slicing off pieces; it’s as simple as that.  The pecan, sea salt, and original flavors are my favorite and can be ordered through the company’s website:  www.susssweets.com. The logs come in 4 ounces ($7), 8 ounces ($14), 12 ounces ($21) and 16 ounces ($25) plus shipping.

If you’re ever in Nashua, New Hampshire Suss Sweets caramel can also be purchased at the Main Street Bridge Farmers Market every Sunday from 10:00 – 2:00 from June 12th to October 23rd (2012). The caramels are also available at fine retailers (see the complete list on the company website listed above) across the country.

You’ll find yourself hiding the logs of caramel so no one else devours them!
2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Christina
    Feb 4 2012

    Oh caramel how I love thee haha. Nice post and I will definitely check out the sites you suggested. Stop by and say hi, http://saltpepperbrilliant.wordpress.com/

  2. Jun 1 2012

    I agree..it’s hard not to love caramel in any form. Thanks for the thumbs up!

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