*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!!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
THE HOLIDAY COLLECTION
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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