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These Portland-based confectioners are kicking it into high gear. When it comes to candy, they don't mess around.
These Portland-based confectioners are kicking it into high gear. When it comes to candy, they don't mess around.
63 backers pledged $4,507 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE 2: We've created bonus rewards for our backers. If we hit $5,000, we'll send every backer a cool little magnet for the fridge, filing cabinet, or anywhere else you can think of. If we reach our first stretch goal of $7,500, backers who pledged $25 or more will also receive a handy desk calendar with a different photo each month. Nice!

A pretty (and useful) magnet
A pretty (and useful) magnet

UPDATE 1: Thanks to our awesome backers, we've reached our first goal! We're so excited because now we can get UPCs for our packaging - this is a big deal and will bring us more opportunities down the road. We'll also be able to implement a free delivery system within Portland as well as purchase some much-needed kitchen equipment.

Who is Rain/Shine/Sweet?

Rain/Shine/Sweet is a Portland-based confections company made up of two people; Steve Gerrity, the culinary genius and creator of our delicious products, and Melanie Miller, the master of all things administrative. We joined forces in February of 2013 to start a company that produces truly exceptional candy. We currently sell our confections online, at farmers markets in Portland, and local stores around town.

Steve and Melanie at the Montavilla Farmers Market
Steve and Melanie at the Montavilla Farmers Market

 Caramel and brittle are our passion, and we know that the best products require extra effort to achieve true excellence. We take the time to cook in small batches and hand package each piece, ensuring the highest quality candy possible for your enjoyment. Our caramels and brittles are currently 70% organic and/or locally sourced - when you cook with the best ingredients, the results are something worth indulging in!

"Steve has taken ordinary candy recipes and has added a magical ingredient that I like to call, "Portland Essence", to create sophisticated layers of flavors that play quite well with one another." -Mark B. (Read the entire review on Yelp)

How We Got Here

Steve was partway through a PhD program when he came to the realization that it wasn't really what he wanted to do. Having been an avid consumer of candy all his life, all it took was one summer afternoon of making peppermints to prompt him to enroll in pastry school. There he learned how to make all sorts of delicious treats, his favorite being classic sugar candies. After working at various pastry jobs, Steve is excited to be bringing his confectionery knowledge to the forefront in his own company.

Melanie was partway through her career as an Office Manager and Bookkeeper when she decided to go back to school. She especially enjoyed taking business classes at PCC and PSU that allowed her to fill in some of the gaps in her administrative knowledge. After graduation, Melanie could no longer resist the entrepreneurial spirit that runs in her family and she jumped at the chance to partner up with Steve. She is thrilled to be putting her business knowledge and experience to work for her own company.

Your support is what will take Rain/Shine/Sweet to the next level. Thank you for becoming a part of what we are doing!

Take a moment to visit our facebook page and then get a sense of how goofy we are in real life with this bonus video.

Our Caramels

Original Caramels - The candy that started it all for us. Deep caramel flavor rounded out with butter and just the right amount of salt. Have one (or two) and experience why these are still a classic candy today.
Original Caramels - The candy that started it all for us. Deep caramel flavor rounded out with butter and just the right amount of salt. Have one (or two) and experience why these are still a classic candy today.
Chocolate Caramels - Nope, these are not chocolate dipped caramels; they are our original caramel melded with 100% unsweetened chocolate. Caramel and chocolate perfectly combined, without melty, chocolate-covered fingers. What more could you ask for?
Chocolate Caramels - Nope, these are not chocolate dipped caramels; they are our original caramel melded with 100% unsweetened chocolate. Caramel and chocolate perfectly combined, without melty, chocolate-covered fingers. What more could you ask for?

Check out a review of our caramels from Amy, a local food blogger. EatingMyWayThruPortland.com.

Our Brittles

Peanut Brittle - This has been one of Steve’s favorites since childhood, except ours is even better than you remember. Crunchy and light, our peanut brittle perfectly balances roasted peanuts and a sweet, crisp candy, all without sticking to your teeth.
Peanut Brittle - This has been one of Steve’s favorites since childhood, except ours is even better than you remember. Crunchy and light, our peanut brittle perfectly balances roasted peanuts and a sweet, crisp candy, all without sticking to your teeth.
Chipotle Peanut Brittle - Some like it hot… although not too hot. This peanut brittle is for them. Our original peanut brittle is infused with the smoky heat of chipotle. It won’t overwhelm you, but it definitely makes its presence known.
Chipotle Peanut Brittle - Some like it hot… although not too hot. This peanut brittle is for them. Our original peanut brittle is infused with the smoky heat of chipotle. It won’t overwhelm you, but it definitely makes its presence known.
Spiced Pecan Brittle - If you like spice cake, this confection will probably be your first choice. Warm, winter time spices like cinnamon and clove infuse this candy, highlighting the rich, buttery crunch of whole pecans.
Spiced Pecan Brittle - If you like spice cake, this confection will probably be your first choice. Warm, winter time spices like cinnamon and clove infuse this candy, highlighting the rich, buttery crunch of whole pecans.
Vegan Hazelnut Brittle - Oregon hazelnuts cooked to perfection in our crispy candy. The distinct flavor of hazelnuts permeates the whole confection so you can enjoy a flavorful treat, without any animal products.
Vegan Hazelnut Brittle - Oregon hazelnuts cooked to perfection in our crispy candy. The distinct flavor of hazelnuts permeates the whole confection so you can enjoy a flavorful treat, without any animal products.

"How did you get it so rich without butter?!" "Vegans will swoon." -Gretchan Jackson, Montavilla Farmer's Market

 Now that you've seen our flavors, take this fun little quiz to find out which of our products best represents YOUR personality.

Our Goals for Growth

We've put a lot of thought into our goals and how reaching them will help us move forward as a company. You can see more details about them on our campaign site

Successful projects are the ones that have a network of people who aren't afraid to use those share buttons under the main video. Become a part of the Rain/Shine/Sweet network by helping us spread the word! Meeting some of these stretch goals would make a huge difference for making our products even better and improving the way we do business. We can't do it without wonderful backers like you, and we are so grateful for your support.

The Rewards

We can't wait to send you rewards! Unless you choose one that states otherwise, we plan to have your rewards to you in the weeks (not months) following the end of our project. That means that you should have them by the holidays! (International backers may not receive rewards until January, depending on delivery times outside of the U.S.) Mostly we are offering our caramels and brittles because it's the best way to show that you are supporting people who make a fantastic product, but we've thrown a few other things in, just to keep it interesting.

our canvas tote and playing cards
our canvas tote and playing cards

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge for Rain/Shine/Sweet, now and in the future, is competing in a mature industry. There are large companies out there making caramels and brittles, and their size enables them to be more efficient and cost effective than us. However, we see our smaller scale operation as a benefit. Rain/Shine/Sweet's confections are created entirely by our hands, allowing for more attention to the product during every stage of production, which ultimately delivers a much higher quality experience to our customers.

Rain/Shine/Sweet is small and, like all small enterprises, is subject to an increased risk of failure. To stay in business, owners of small companies must go beyond turning their passion into a great product or valuable service, they also need to have the knowledge and desire required to run a company. Rain/Shine/Sweet is fortunate to have both: Steve has used his culinary skills to create truly excellent caramels and brittles, and Melanie has the experience and drive to handle the administrative aspects of a company. Together, and with your support, Rain/Shine/Sweet has tremendous potential to be a success!

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    The Taster: Receive a 1/4 pound of caramel or brittle (your choice) from our regular product line. And of course, recognition and praise shall be heaped upon you on our website.

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    The Confectionery Fan: Receive a 1/2 pound sampler of caramel and brittle from our regular product line. And of course, recognition and praise shall be heaped upon you on our website.

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    The Seasonal Fan: Receive a 1/2 pound sampler of SEASONAL caramels or brittles one time during the next year. The product must be available at the time of its request. And of course, recognition and praise shall be heaped upon you on our website.

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    The Gamer: You'll receive a customized deck of cards that proudly proclaims you as a Rain/Shine/Sweet backer. And of course, recognition and praise shall be heaped upon you on our website.

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    The Gifter: The holidays are almost here and our confections make a fabulous gift! Scratch two people off your shopping list by having us send each person a 4 oz bag of caramel or brittle of your choice. And of course, recognition and praise shall be heaped upon you on our website.

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    The Confectionery Aficionado: You'll receive a 1 pound variety pack of our caramels and brittles, including our fall seasonal flavors. Naturally, recognition and praise shall be heaped upon you on our website.

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    The Inventor. Pick any food you want and we will caramelize it for you by covering that item in up to 1/2 pound of our original caramel. Get creative! Our only caveat: the cost for the item can't exceed $10. Naturally, recognition and praise shall be heaped upon you on our website. **Lots of credit for this perk to Paul Knickerbocker.

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    The Environmentalist: You will receive our custom canvas tote bag along with a 1 pound variety pack of our caramels and brittles. A build-it-yourself sampler, you'll get to specify exactly which types of candy you want. Naturally, recognition and praise shall also be heaped upon you on our website.

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    The Seasonal VIP: Receive 1/2 pound of our seasonal caramels 4 times in the next year - before they go on sale! That adds up to a whopping 2 pounds of candy, with 1/2 pound delivered in the winter, spring, summer, and fall. And of course, recognition and praise shall be heaped upon you on our website.

    **Lots of credit for this perk to Amy at eatingmywaythruportland.com.

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    The Decision Maker: You get the opportunity to choose the next CARAMEL to be permanently added to our line and play the role of food critic at the same time. You'll receive a 1 pound variety pack of super secret caramel flavors that we are considering offering. You'll also receive our custom canvas tote bag. Obviously, recognition and praise shall be heaped upon you on our website.

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    The Decision Maker: You get the opportunity to choose the next BRITTLE to be permanently added to our line and play the role of food critic at the same time. You'll receive a 1 pound variety pack of super secret brittle flavors that we are considering offering. You'll also receive our custom canvas tote bag. Obviously, recognition and praise shall be heaped upon you on our website.

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    The Partner: You get to pick and name a brand new seasonal caramel or brittle flavor for us to create. Give us your idea (plus at least 1 backup idea) and we'll get to work developing your creation in the beginning of 2014. You'll also receive 2 pounds of your personalized flavor at the start of that season for the next two years! Not surprisingly, recognition and praise shall be heaped upon you on our website. **Lots of credit and inspiration acknowledgement for this perk to Paula Stolarik.

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    The Benefactor: You are the ultimate VIP! You'll initially receive a 2-pound sampler of our caramels and brittles, and then a free 1/2 pound order every month for the next year. (The 1/2 pound order can be any caramel or brittle you want, but it must be in stock or in season at the time of order) You'll also get our custom canvas tote AND our playing cards that proudly proclaim your status as a Rain/Shine/Sweet backer. Not surprisingly, recognition and praise shall be heaped upon you on our website.

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