Helliemae’s caramels are unlike any other; the flavors variety, from candy cane to passion fruit, the attention to detail and the desire to strive toward sustainability make this Colorado caramel that much sweeter.
Helliemae’s Caramels are sold in over 100 retailers in 20 states, and growing. The company has been featured in the New York Times, Real Simple magazine, and many more local and national publications.Visiting the caramel factory, located in Lakewood, it is easy to see the passion, dedication and intense labor dedicated to the perfection of the product.
Even though, the company has grown tremendously in the last couple of years, the caramels are still made the same way they were first made. One batch at the time, paying close attention to the color, smell and sound of the bubbly sugar to achieve the perfect blend of nutty, sweet flavors and the right texture.
A few pieces of equipment have been added to the process to create a more consistent product. A French 1956 cutting and wrapping machine duo, which came with a little attitude, mais, c’est normal!
Helliemae’s efforts to be a sustainable company can be tasted in each batch, with the use of local cream and butter, organic whenever possible, and spices from the Savory Spice shop, Ellen [owner] ensures the flavor consistency of each of her specialty flavors, like cardamom, chilli, and sea salt, to name a few. Ellen also has created a list of pairing suggestions using Colorado whiskey from Leopold Bros and Deerhammer Distilling's, and craft beers such Avery's Beast, Great Divide's Colette and Bristol Brewing Scottish ale.
The packaging is another plus, commissioning a local company to custom-make the Kraft boxes from recycled material and using EzGreen Pak to protect the product inside the box, avoiding the use of peanuts or bubble wrap, decreasing the size of the box, all which helps reduce their carbon footprint.
From the outside to the inside this caramel is worth every penny and won't disappoint. It is a great holiday gift, any holiday. And a great way to support businesses that care to take the extra steps to become a supporting force in the local community.