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Homemade, hand wrapped, all natural gourmet Karmels!

Temecula, CA Food
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Quotes from eating the homemade KarMels:

“Oh my gosh…what is this? BACON?! Bacon caramels?! I NEED more…is there a website? I’ll buy these by the truckful!

“I can’t believe how good these are. It’s insanity.”

“You need to patent this, stat.”

When someone opens a box of chocolates, I always look for the one that has the caramel inside. It’s the ooey, gooey goodness and that stick-to-your-teeth, cavity inducing sweetness I always craved and little did I know that I harnessed that power to make it. Such dangerous, dangerous power. My husband asked a simple little question one day, “Honey, how do you make caramels?” and I replied with an enthusiastic, “Would you like me to show you how?” It’s been a flurry of caramel making and tweaking since that day, resulting in many caramel creations ranging from Sea Salt caramels to Coffee caramels and then discovering the most amazing caramel of all…the Applewood Smoked Bacon caramel.

So what do we call the name behind the caramel craze? It took us a few days to come up with the most obvious answer…KarMel’s Confections. “Kar” after my husband Karson and “Mel” after me, Melanie.

The Origins of a Mad Baking Genius

During college, I studied science until my brain was about to explode and then to relax, I cooked, baked and made candy. It was always go, go, go for me and I found that being in the kitchen was therapeutic and so wonderfully relaxing. The plus side? I had goodies to share.

Fast forward 7 years and here I am, enjoying every therapeutic second making Karmels and using my mad scientist brain to think up crazy flavor concoctions just like the Applewood Smoked Bacon Karmels. I live for the moment someone eats one and this look of heaven comes across their face. It is those moments that I know that these candies need to be shared with the world.

These puppies are soft and chewy and just melt in your mouth. Each different flavor Karmel pops with loads of flavor and enrobes your palate to take you to whatever heaven you want to go to.

Sit back, relax and chew.

I am in total love with these Karmels and every candy is wrapped by hand and made with love and care. But I can’t do it all without your help! Large capacity kitchen equipment and tons of raw ingredients are needed to keep these babies going. Do you hear that…the Karmels are calling you! I also would like to start an online website so that KarMel’s Confections can be sold online and ordered at your will and whim.

Once you try these Karmels, you won’t want to eat another mass produced caramel candy again. All ingredients will be listed on the packaging and will not contain any ingredients you can’t buy at your local grocery store. I am committed to providing you with the best candy product sans the chemical additives and other things I can’t even pronounce (and I’m a scientist!).


There has been an unbelievable amount of support from everyone at Kickstarter. We can't thank you enough for all the suggestions you have sent us. We are happy to announce new add-ons, stretch goals and only for our supporters at Kickstarter, an exclusive flavor!

Announcing A Kickstarter Exclusive:

Have you ever had "Better Than Sex" cake? How about "Better Than Sex" KarMels?! Introducing the KarMel Sutra, the exclusive flavor created just for Kickstarter supporters! It is a delicious chocolate and red wine KarMel, a romantic combination that tickles your taste buds. Very adult, very sexy, very delicious.

The KarMel Sutra is only available to Kickstarter backers and will not be sold after February 24th. This flavor is available for selection at all reward levels $15 and above or if you don't want to give up any of the flavors you've previously sent your mind on, you can add on this exclusive flavor for just $10.

KarMels Add-Ons

Don't forget, shipping anywhere in the United States is free. Backers outside of the United States should add $10 for shipping. If there are any international backers that want more than one Add-on, you only need to add $10 once. Please remember, you can have only one of each of the add-ons. For example, you may pledge for the $5 sampler and the $10 KarMel Sutra but you are not allowed to select two $5 sampler add-ons. Thank you for all your support!

$5 SAMPLER! - For an additional $5, get 8 KarMels: one of every flavor that is available from the classic selection, the salty-sweet Applewood Smoked Bacon KarMel and the Kickstarter exclusive, the KarMel Sutra. That is a ton of mouth watering goodness.

$10 - For those of you that cannot stand giving up the flavors you have already set your hearts (and tastebuds) on having, but can't fathom the thought of missing out on the Kickstarter exclusive flavor, add $10 to your pledge and get a bakers dozen (that is a yummy 13 KarMels) of the Kickstarter exclusive flavor, The KarMel Sutra!

$10 - A KarMel mini-sample which includes 3 KarMels of each of the following flavors: Sea Salt, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Coffee, Pecan, Applewood Smoked Bacon KarMel, and the KarMel Sutra.

$15 - Liquid Gold! Our luscious Liquid Gold line is our Classic Flavor KarMels (minus the Pecan) in ooey gooey pourable liquid form! Pour it over ice cream, dunk cookies into it, drink it out of the jar! You get to choose from Dark Chocolate Liquid Gold, Milk Chocolate Liquid Gold, Vanilla Liquid Gold, Coffee Liquid Gold or Sea Salt Liquid Gold. Each 4 oz. sugar high in a jar is just a $15 add on to do with as you please.

$50 - For those that simply can't have enough, we offer you the opportunity to enrobe ALL your KarMels in either milk chocolate or dark chocolate. This isn't for the faint of heart. This Add-on will overload your taste buds with so much goodness, your only regret will be that you didn't order more!

Stretch Goals!

With so much support and encouragement, we are more than thrilled to announce our KarMels stretch goals:

$5,500 -- The KarMels Mini-Sampler!! --GOAL REACHED!

A KarMels Sampler which includes 3 KarMels of each of the following flavors: Sea Salt, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Coffee, Pecan, Applewood Smoked Bacon KarMel, and the KarMel Sutra. All those who support the KarMel revolution at $50 and above will be receiving this sampler for (wait for the drumroll...) FREE, if we reach this stretch goal! If the stretch goal is reached and you didn't pledge $50, we still love you and will offer this mini-sampler as a $10 Add-on. Just remember, only one sampler per backer!

$10,000 –“Liquid Gold” Line --GOAL REACHED!

We are proud to announce our “Liquid Gold” line! Imagine all the classic flavors of KarMels in the form of a sauce. Have you ever craved ice cream at night, and were dissatisfied after eating it because it was missing something? We know what was missing. Image that same ice cream drizzled with a Coffee KarMel sauce, or brownies covered in a Sea Salt KarMel drizzle. For those of you that are truly bold, you could use any of our Liquid Gold line on your own KarMels and create wondrous combinations of deliciousness. Drizzle it on, pour it on, dunk anything in it or eat it with a spoon! When this stretch goal is reached, we will offer our Liquid Gold line as an add-on for all of our KarMel backers so stay tuned!

Risks and challenges

Production delays are a challenge we may face but we are in process of implementing a system to counteract any delays that may happen during the time after we are successfully funded to provide prompt delivery of our product. We will not sacrifice quality.

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FAQ

  • Each KarMel measures approximately 1 inch by 1 inch. That's right, no sissy candies here!

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $5 or more

    4 backers

    $5 or more, you get a hand written, Karmel scented thank you note, sealed with a Karmel kiss.

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $15 or more

    75 backers

    You get a bakers dozen in any one of KarMels classic flavors: Vanilla Bean, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt, Coffee, or Pecan.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    245 backers

    For being such an awesome supporter, you receive two bakers dozen KarMels. One bakers dozen of your choice of the classic flavors: Vanilla Bean, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt, Coffee, or Pecan and a bakers dozen of our super special Applewood Smoked Bacon Karmels.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    12 backers

    Have a sweet tooth that must be satisfied? Be a supporter at this level and you get to be part of an exclusive group that gets to vote and decide our first KarMel Flavor of the Month. You could influence the vote for the flavors you desire the most! Want Ricotta, Fig and Balsamico KarMels? What about Cranberry and Goat Cheese KarMels? Also at this level, you receive four bakers dozen KarMels: two classic flavors of your choice and two dozen of the flavor you help decide!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $65 or more

    50 backers

    Is it that hard for you to decide which flavors you want most? Don’t! Backers at this level will receive a baker’s dozen of all of the classic flavors plus 13 delicious Applewood Smoked Bacon flavored KarMels. That is a total of 91 gourmet flavored KarMels! Just don’t eat them all at once!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $75 or more

    6 backers

    Is your sweet urge so insatiable that you would only feel satisfied with a guaranteed supply of KarMels each month? At this level you two baker’s dozen every month for three months of the flavors of your choice.

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    7 backers Limited (13 left of 20)

    Ever want to be the leader of a revolution? Become a backer at this level and help us design a KarMel Flavor of the month specifically designed with your help. Are you a Beer and Pretzel KarMel, an Apple Cider KarMel or are you a Ginger Bread KarMel type of person? You will receive three baker’s dozen of this custom flavor as well as three baker’s dozen of the classic flavors of your choice.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $200 or more

    7 backers Limited (43 left of 50)

    This is the highest level of the KarMel revolution. You receive 4 baker’s dozen of the first batch of KarMels as well as two baker’s dozen every month for three months of your choice of ANY flavor that is currently available as well as any of the special KarMels that will be custom made. Included for backers that consider themselves the leaders of the KarMels revolution is a custom made T-shirt as well as monthly updates and access to KarMel flavors before everyone else!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States

Funding period

- (33 days)