Made in Memphis: Shotwell Caramels
Shotwell Candy has taken some of the world's greatest things (caramel, whiskey, coffee) and combined them in the form of super addictive candy.
In late 2012, a corporate lawyer (and long-time cook) named Jerrod Smith started selling the caramels he was making at home. He makes every piece of candy from scratch (a process that involves 16 – 18 steps) and then lovingly packs them up in adorable old timey, hand-stamped boxes.
Though Smith plans to expand into other candies eventually, I'm pretty sure the caramels will always be his big seller.
Shotwell Candy sells several kinds of caramels – including year-round and seasonal flavors. The seasonal flavor, five spice chocolate, tastes like caramel hot chocolate with a savory kick. He also makes "Old Fashioned" cocktail caramels (which taste like the whiskey-and-bitters drink, not ye olde times), espresso caramels (crushed coffee beans, homemade whiskey vanilla) and classic salted caramels that have giant flakes of sea salt for a nice, bright flavor contrast.
I've tried all four of them, and while they're all excellent, the salted and espresso varieties are my favorite. I may eat all of them by the time I finish this post.
You can pick them up at several locations in the Memphis area (including A. Schwab, Porcellino's, Buster's, Social, and On a Whim) but you should call ahead to be sure your preferred flavor is in stock. Go here to see a map of all U.S. retail locations or order online.
(ed. note: Made in Memphis is an occasional feature that shows off locally made products and art. If you’ve got something you’d like to suggest for a future Made in Memphis, let me know.)
(ed. note 2: This post was updated Feb. 2015.)