Slow-cooked, hand crafted, award-winning caramel.
Early batches of McCrea’s Candies caramel were cooked in a home kitchen using a wooden spoon, a few pots and pans, and a candy thermometer.
Soon the pots and pans were too small, the kitchen inadequate, and the wooden spoon just a memory.
Today, we cook caramel in a commercial kitchen full of energy, creativity, music and the aroma of melting sugar mingled with fresh cream. Sometimes sweet basil permeates the air, or the pungent sting caused by juicing fresh ginger wafts on air-currents and wakes up the senses.
The science to making caramel is, well, a science…a gentle balance between ingredients and heat that yields the perfect outcome. We glory in the beauty of natural reactions. The process is fascinating to watch. Bubbles change size as temperature increases. Aroma develops and evolves. Hot sugar flies out of the kettle as those bubbles burst predictably at just the right temperature. We wait patiently as the caramel cooks to perfection.
Everything arrives fresh daily. We start with the best butter and sugar and slow cook it in beautiful copper kettles to just the right temperature. Milk is slowly added as are real-food flavorings – rosemary right off the sprig, deep, rich chocolate, fair-trade vanilla, organic maple syrup and Highland Scotch direct from the bottle. That’s when the aroma floats out of the kitchen and just grabs you.
From there, we pour out the lustrous caramel into sheets, hand roll it and send it through a vintage cutting and wrapping machine. The machine looks to be a complicated contraption as noisy clangs fill the shop. However, we are able to wrap the morning’s batch of caramel in biodegradable cellophane wrappers in a matter of seconds.
The process is amazing; flavor can’t be rushed. There’s no way to fake it, the mouth knows. The look on a person’s face who tastes our caramel for the first time. Inspiring.
McCrea’s Candies started with the simple idea that good candy must be made with good ingredients. With fresh milk, cream and butter, the finest salts, spirits and seasonings, we’ve created 16 striking flavors and we did it with the fewest possible ingredients.
Our quest: find perfect combinations of smooth, sweet, fresh, and unexpected using the fewest possible ingredients. Our mission: make the world's best caramel.
BLACK LAVA SEA SALT: Rich, creamy caramel with crystals of Hawaiian black sea salt. A moment in paradise.
INGREDIENTS: Fresh Milk, Fresh Cream, Cane Sugar, Inverted Cane Sugar, Tapioca Syrup, Butter (cream, salt), Molasses, Sea Salt (sea salt, activated charcoal), Vanilla Extract (alcohol 35%), Salt.
Mccrea’s Candies Black Lava Sea Salt Caramel Named A 2016 Good Food Awards Winner
McCrea’s Candies announced that its Black Lava Sea Salt Caramel has been selected as a Good Food Awards winner. The Boston-based maker of small-batch handcrafted caramel secured the win for its flagship caramel in the Awards’ Confections Category.
The Good Food Award is a distinguished national award for food crafters who make food products that taste delicious and are made from responsibly sourced ingredients
To be named a winner, McCrea’s Black Lava Sea Salt Caramel first received top scores from expert judges in a demanding tasting process. McCrea’s Candies next passed a rigorous vetting to confirm the company met specific Good Food Awards standards around environmentally sound agriculture practices, good animal husbandry, transparency, and responsible relationships throughout its supply chain.
CLASSIC VANILLA: Our original caramel generously infused with sweet, aromatic vanilla. For the purist.
INGREDIENTS: Fresh Milk, Fresh Cream, Cane Sugar, Inverted Cane Sugar, Tapioca Syrup, Butter (cream, salt), Molasses, Vanilla Extract (alcohol 35%), Salt.
DEEP CHOCOLATE: Velvety cocoa coupled with luscious sweet cream. An enduring romance.
INGREDIENTS: Fresh Milk, Fresh Cream, Cane Sugar, Inverted Cane Sugar, Tapioca Syrup, Chocolate Liquor (Dutch-processed), Butter (cream, salt), Molasses, Vanilla Extract (alcohol 35%), Salt.
SINGLE MALT SCOTCH: Peaty and rich, spiked with smoky Ardmore Scotch. Intoxicating flavor, no hangover.
INGREDIENTS: Fresh Milk, Fresh Cream, Cane Sugar, Inverted Cane Sugar, Tapioca Syrup, Single Malt Scotch (alcohol 40%), Butter (cream, salt), Molasses, Salt.
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