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We are two best friends/sisters whose dream is to share our buttery, smooth, melt-in-your-mouth caramels with you!
364 backers pledged CA$ 22,960 to help bring this project to life.

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*Updated Nov 12/16  - STRETCH GOALS!!

WOW! We've almost reached our first stretch goal!! We can't thank you all enough for supporting us...we are seriously over the moon!

A new stretch goal has been added! 

$28,000 - UNLOCK NEW FLAVOURS! We we'll develop not one, but TWO new flavours: Matcha Green Tea and Chai Tea Flavoured Caramels. If we reach this stretch goal, we'll release a new reward! With a pledge of $55 for 2 Large Giftboxes for your choice of the Classic Assorted Gift Box (Timeless Flavours Collection) or the new Flavoured Tea Collection (Includes: Matcha Green Tea, Chai Tea, London Fog Latte, and Fleur de Sel). Est. Delivery Date - February 2017.

*Completed* $18,000 - If we reach our new stretch goal, we will bring back our ever popular Root Beer Lemon Float flavour, our limited summer 2016 flavour. Everyone who has pledged $25 or more with an order of caramels will receive one FREE Root Beer Lemon Float caramel with their shipment!

*Oct 27/16 - We Cooked Caramels on CTV!! 

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OUR STORY 

Hi there, we are Tammy and Alysia! We are best friends/sisters and our dream is to share our caramels with you!

We've been best friends and close like sisters for over 12 years. But when Tammy married Alysia's brother last year, we became sisters for real!

While Tammy was on her honeymoon, she tried some fresh, European-style caramels. They were so delicious and different than regular store-bought caramels that she brought some back for Alysia. We finished eating our little bag of caramels way too quickly but we couldn’t get enough of them. We looked everywhere but couldn’t find any caramels like those, so we decided to make our own.

In January, we started cooking together every day to perfect our own unique caramel recipe. The result (after hundreds of test batches) is the ultimate caramel totally unlike regular store-bought caramels! 

WHAT OUR CARAMELS TASTE LIKE

Too bad technology isn't advanced enough for us to give you a taste of our caramels through your computer (get on it Google!), but our short Kickstarter video will give you a really good idea of what they're like, please give it a watch!

Consistency: Velvety smooth with a satisfying chew but still melts in your mouth and doesn't stick to your teeth.  

Taste: Explosive, rich and buttery caramel flavor that is the perfect combination of sweet and salty. 

Experience: Warm and comforting, a caramel totally unlike any other you’ve ever had before!

THE CARAMIA PROMISE  

"Cara Mia" means my beloved in Italian. We made these caramels to share with the people we love, so they have to be the best! Only high quality, whole, natural ingredients go into our caramels--no artificial flavors, preservatives or nasty chemicals!

 TESTIMONIALS

Thanks to all our caramel taste test volunteers! 

BUMPS AND PROGRESS

Before finally perfecting our caramel recipe, we cooked hundreds of batches, made mistakes, burned caramels but also had A LOT of fun!

Alysia used to be a mortgage broker. For many months, she shut herself in her kitchen after work and cooked late into the night to get our caramel recipe just right. She loves making unexpectedly yummy caramel flavours like Smoked Maple Bacon, Spicy Sriracha Roasted Almond, London Fog Latte and tons more!

Tammy used to work in home sales. She spent all her free time spreading the word about Caramia--she learned how to make their website, and brought Caramia online to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Nothing makes us prouder than seeing our supporters tweet or post about our caramels. It was super exciting to get our first food blogger feature and to be featured in our city's newspaper, the Edmonton Journal on our launch day! 

 

AT THE MARKET

We launched at our local Farmers' Market in May and the best thing about our summer was seeing people enjoy the caramels we worked all week to make. We cook caramels Monday to Wednesday, wrap and package on Thursday and Friday for market on Saturday, then do it all over again!

But it wasn't all fun and games. Every night after work, we stayed up until 3 or 4 AM cooking, cutting and wrapping caramels to prepare for our Saturday market. The long hours and stress of working two full-time jobs each was wearing on us and we were faced with a difficult decision--our regular jobs or our caramel passion? Seeing how happy our caramels made people helped us decide! It was scary but in July, we both took the plunge and quit our jobs to follow our caramel dream!

Tammy packing up on her last day of work.
Tammy packing up on her last day of work.

IN OUR COMMUNITY

We try to use the reach of our new small business to help at-risk women in our city. We donate our caramels and a portion of our proceeds to our local women’s shelter, as well as our local women’s addiction counselling center. As women entrepreneurs, these causes are especially important to us.

WHAT AND WHY

Right now, we can only make enough caramels to supply one single farmers’ market. That’s because we cook our caramels pot by pot on the stove top, then cut, individually wrap and package all our caramels by hand. Every batch takes the two of us 4 hours from start to finish and only makes 10 to 12 bags!

With your help, we can buy a candy cooking machine that will let us make more caramels so we can ship our caramels online! 

As romantic as it sounds, cooking pot by pot in small batches is not the best way for us to cook caramels. That's because caramels are very temperature sensitive and a few degrees difference can turn the caramel hard as rock or into a goopy mess! We have spent hundreds of dollars trying out a bunch of different candy thermometers but none are consistently reliable. This means a lot of ruined and wasted caramels (--it breaks our hearts every single time!) 

We were so desperate to find a solution that we traveled all the way to Chicago to test out candy cooking equipment and we found our dream machine! This machine will be life changing for us and hopefully you, our caramel connoisseurs, because this cooker helps us make more caramels perfectly on point every single time with way less wastage! 

Our dream machine (we have named him Prince Charming Mix-a-Lot) is $12,626 CAD and with a 10% top up for Kickstarter and credit card fees, we are asking for $13,000CAD to help us get started. 

Prince Charming Mix-a-Lot and Alysia
Prince Charming Mix-a-Lot and Alysia

So far, we have spent $45,000 of our own savings (and line of credit) for our current equipment, supplies and to build a commercial kitchen. As a new small business, it would take us years to save up enough for this machine and pay back the money we borrowed. That is why we need your help so we can make more caramels with less wastage and start shipping our caramels to you! 

FLAVOURS

Buttery smooth and popping with mouth-watering flavor in every bite, our caramels are like a party in your mouth, and we want you to join the fun!

TIMELESS FLAVOURS

  • The Original - This is not like any caramel you’ve ever had before. Soft, yet perfectly chewy, this caramel melts in your mouth with a smooth and creamy not-too-sweet finish.
    The Original - This is not like any caramel you’ve ever had before. Soft, yet perfectly chewy, this caramel melts in your mouth with a smooth and creamy not-too-sweet finish.

     

    Smoked Maple Bacon - Our breakfast caramel, because who wouldn’t want to eat a smokey savoury caramel topped with crispy maple bacon in the morning with a hot cuppa coffee?
    Smoked Maple Bacon - Our breakfast caramel, because who wouldn’t want to eat a smokey savoury caramel topped with crispy maple bacon in the morning with a hot cuppa coffee?

    Sriracha Roasted Almond - Sweet, savoury and spicy! This caramel is covered with almonds roasted in everyone’s favourite hot sauce for a flavor combination you can't beat!
    Sriracha Roasted Almond - Sweet, savoury and spicy! This caramel is covered with almonds roasted in everyone’s favourite hot sauce for a flavor combination you can't beat!

     

    London Fog Latte - We naturally steep our cream with Earl Grey tea and vanilla sticks to give you the most perfect aromatic bergamot infused caramel. Each bite is like sipping a steamy and delicious cup of London Fog on a brisk winter day.
    London Fog Latte - We naturally steep our cream with Earl Grey tea and vanilla sticks to give you the most perfect aromatic bergamot infused caramel. Each bite is like sipping a steamy and delicious cup of London Fog on a brisk winter day.

    SEASONAL FLAVOURS

    Pumpkin Spice Latte - If your favourite Fall drink is a pumpkin spice latte, your favourite Fall candy will now be our Pumpkin Spice caramel.
    Pumpkin Spice Latte - If your favourite Fall drink is a pumpkin spice latte, your favourite Fall candy will now be our Pumpkin Spice caramel.

     

    Peanut Butter and Jelly - You can’t go wrong with this all-time favourite sweet and savoury combo. You won’t need to worry about cutting off the crusts on these caramels!
    Peanut Butter and Jelly - You can’t go wrong with this all-time favourite sweet and savoury combo. You won’t need to worry about cutting off the crusts on these caramels!

     

    Root Beer Lemon Float - We like to refer to this one as an adult Soda-licious! Bright bursts of rootbeer mingle with a hint of refreshing citrus flavor, making this the perfect nostalgic treat to bring us back to recesses on the playground.
    Root Beer Lemon Float - We like to refer to this one as an adult Soda-licious! Bright bursts of rootbeer mingle with a hint of refreshing citrus flavor, making this the perfect nostalgic treat to bring us back to recesses on the playground.

     THE HOLIDAY COLLECTION


Caramia Caramels' X Milk & Cookies Bake Shop's Gingerbread Cookie Crumble. NOT GLUTEN FREE.
Caramia Caramels' X Milk & Cookies Bake Shop's Gingerbread Cookie Crumble. NOT GLUTEN FREE.
Hot Chocolate flavoured caramel. Mmm MM! What more do you need by the fireside on Christmas morning?
Hot Chocolate flavoured caramel. Mmm MM! What more do you need by the fireside on Christmas morning?

 

Crushed candy cane on Candy Cane flavoured caramel. Life is minty sweet!
Crushed candy cane on Candy Cane flavoured caramel. Life is minty sweet!

 

Risks and challenges

We have already tested the caramel cooking machine and it works perfectly. One risk and challenge with our project is delivering our caramels to you on time after our campaign has ended. We have dealt with this challenge by test shipping our caramels across multiple cities both in Canada and the USA to make sure our caramels arrive safely and on time.

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    You’re one of us! From the bottom of our hearts, please accept our sweet gratitude. Your name will be included as one of our early supporters on our website as a reminder you helped us to achieve our dreams!

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    Remember to treat yourself!

    A gift from present you, to future you! Receive (1) Small Gift Box containing 8 pieces of Caramia Caramels delivered right to your door. Your future self will shower you in thank you’s the moment you bite into one of our delicious caramels!

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    Sharing is caring!

    Great minds think alike! Whenever we try a new and delicious treat, our first thought is to share it with the special people in our lives. Receive (2) Small Gift Boxes containing 8 pieces each. A box for you and a box for a lucky someone in your life!

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    The early bird catches the... caramel??

    As a thank you for being one of our first supporters, get a special gift from us to make your 2017 even sweeter! Receive (1) Small Assorted Gift Box containing 8 pieces of Caramia Caramels, (1) Large Assorted Gift Box containing 16 pieces of Caramia Caramels and a special VIP card that will give you a 10% off on all your online orders in 2017.

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    Happy Holidays!

    The holidays will be here sooner than you think! Get a head start on your gift shopping with Caramia! Receive (2) Large Gift Boxes containing 16 pieces each. Your choice of our Assorted Gift Box (Timeless flavours collection) or our Holiday Gift box, which includes our Holiday flavour collection. Our Holiday collection is available on Kickstarter exclusively through this perk! Holiday collection flavours include Hot Chocolate, Gingerbread and Candy Cane!

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    A year with Caramia!

    Developing new fun and mouth watering flavours is one of our favourite things to do at Caramia! Experience it with us with a year round tasting of all our new flavours! Receive (1) Large Assorted Gift Box each season (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) with a special note updating you on our progress and happenings throughout the year.

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    Customized Party Favours

    We know there's always a birthday, baby shower or other special event going on; so why not receive 30 customized caramia caramel packs of four (4) caramels in each; wrapped beautifully with the ribbon color of your choice. This is such a perfect gift to give out as favours to your guests. Choice of up to 2 flavours. Bookings can be made starting January 2017 until Nov 2017. Add ons available (we will contact you after our project closes to see if you'd like to add more favours). *Local only.

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    Customized Wedding Favours

    Having trouble finding the perfect wedding favours? Look no further because Caramia Caramels can make your special day even sweeter! Receive 100 customized caramia caramel packs of 2 caramels in each; with your wedding colors incorporated into the packaging. Choice of up to 2 flavours. Bookings can be made starting January 2017 until Nov 2017. Add ons available (we will contact you after our project closes to see if you'd like to add more favours). *Local only.

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    Caramia and the Caramel Factory

    Did you always think it’d be fun to create new and exciting candy creations like Willy Wonka? Now you can, with the help of the Caramia team! Work with the Caramia team to create your own flavour. Receive 100 caramels of this flavour shipped to you to share with your friends, and it will be available for a limited time at our local market! We will also give you a big shout out as the inspiration behind this new fantastic flavour!

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    Caramia caters your next event!

    Who doesn't love sweets and caramels? The Caramia Caramels sisters will cater your next event (for up to 100 people) with a caramel candy bar and a caramallow pop bar where you can dip freshly made marshmallows into caramia caramel sauce then cover it with all of your other favourite sundae toppings. Bookings can be made starting March 2017-March 2018. Add ons available (we will contact you after the project closes to see if you'd like to add more people). Perfect as a unique and delicious wedding dessert table! *Local only.

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