Shotwell Candy has taken some of the world's greatest things (caramel, whiskey, coffee) and combined them in the form of super addictive candy.
About a month ago, 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) in his home 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.
Right now, Shotwell Candy sells four kinds of caramels – three year-round flavors and one seasonal. 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'm either going to eat all of them by the time I finish this post, or ferret them away somewhere where my boyfriend can't find them and eat them very, very slowly.
At the moment, you won't find Shotwell caramels in stores. Hopefully, you'll be able to soon, but in the meantime, you can buy them online.
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