November 15, 2011

Josh Early Sea Salt Caramels: Named one of Good Housekeeping Magazines Great Gifts

by Barry C. Dobil Jr.

This month, our Sea Salt Caramel Gift Box is named one of Good Housekeeping Magazine's Great Gifts under $25. First introduced in January of this year, our Sea Salt Caramels have quickly become one of our most popular pieces. A welcomed addition to our classic line of chocolates and candies, it is with great pride that we celebrate this notoriety and share with you our Caramels' history and how our Sea Salt Caramels came to be.

Our (Original) Vanilla Caramel is one of our flagship confections. First developed by my great grandfather in the late 1930's, it has withstood the test of time for good reason. Josh Early Caramels are made using only the freshest ingredients like pure cane sugar, fresh cream and grade AA butter. Each caramel is slowly cooked in copper kettles and in small batches to ensure optimal taste and texture. The slow cooking process allows the ingredients to fully caramelize and the bold rich caramel flavors to naturally develop. To this day, we use the same original recipe to make our world famous caramels.

With such history and distinction, we were not very motivated to tweak one of our most popular pieces. In the fall of 2010, some 70 years after its original creation, we finally opened ourselves up to a new twist on our Original Vanilla Caramel. Our goal was to take the proven taste and texture of our caramels and showcase them even more by introducing sea salt to the confection. Sea salt can give flavors a POP! The challenge is in finding a salt that compliments the center without overpowering it. We tested over 30 different salts, each touting its own distinctive flavors, textures, and grain sizes. After countless combinations and prototypes we chose a sea salt as gourmet as our caramels themselves.  Known as "the caviar of sea salts" it is hand harvested in France using traditional Celtic methods. Taste for yourself and we hope you'll agree the sea salt highlights all the quality characteristics of our original caramel.

Our Sea Salt Caramels are available in a 15 piece gift box. Also, look for them in our Free Ship gift boxes coming this Holiday season.

Our Original Vanilla Caramels are available in a 9.5 oz tray and in an assortment of Pick Your Own box sizes.