Caramels with A Goaty Tang
Gooey soft, sticky, sweet and with a unique chevre-like finish.
That’s the remarkable taste of Happy Goat Caramels, made in small batches by hand in San Francisco.
The candies are made with Grade A Kosher-certified goat’s milk and goat butter from small, free-range farms. For friends who are lactose-intolerant, these might be the perfect treats as goat’s milk is naturally sweeter but lower in lactose than cow’s milk. Goat’s milk also has more Vitamin A and Vitamin B than cow’s milk.
I recently had a chance to try samples of the all-natural caramels ($6.99 for a package of 7; and $9.99 for a package of 14), which are available at Sur La Table and select Whole Foods stores.
The original “Vanilla Bean” has visible specks of vanilla throughout the toffee-colored candies. The sweetness hits you first with a deep caramelized sugar taste. As it sits in your mouth, the grassy, pasture-tang of the goat’s milk reveals itself, adding great complexity.
The new “Winter Spice” caramels are sweet yet with an almost savory edge from cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger and clove.
And the new “Chocolate & Sea Salt” candies fill your mouth with the taste of dark chocolate cheesecake.
Two caramels have a total of 96 calories.
Look for other new flavors to come, including “Honey” and “Coconut & Lime.”
I like goat’s milk and LOVE caramel, so I’d love to try those candies – yum!
I’m hoping mine is one of the select Whole Foods selling these! I do love caramels, and goat milk and butter sounds great for them.
OK – you’ve got me on this one! Goat milk caramels – here I come! We have a wonderful artisan goat cheese farm that has been struggling to survive only because they are farmers -and not marketers. Their cheese is phenomenal: Smoky Valley Goat Cheese. So, I will use their product to try to create a recipe for them to sell for the Christmas Market. These should fly like crazy! Thank you for the inspiration, Carolyn!
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I’ve heard of these before….Now I’m curious about the new honey and coconut/lime flavors.
Believe it or not, I’ve got a few packages of these right here on my desk. And you knew I would, being the guy for all things goaty! They’re terrific. You nailed the vanilla bean taste exactly. Gorgeous stuff.
Mark: Can’t wait for yours and Bruce’s new cookbook all about goat to come out. And thank YOU for turning me on to these goat caramels. They are so wonderful and distinctive.
This looks great! =) When I first read “goaty” I thought…omg…goat meat?!?! Thankfully, I was wrong!
Waw,..;these goat’s milk caramels look so lovely & I also love the lovely & beautiful caramel wrappers!!
MMMMMMM,..Now, I would love to savour at least,…4!
Those sound awesome! OK, I’m off to my local Whole Foods to go find some!
Oh my these are interesting with the goats milk!
I am SO intrigued by this because I have read that goat’s milk produces really spectacular dulce de leche! 😀
Oh man, now I’m going to have to go search these out!
So nice, I absolutely love goats cheese, but never tried goats milk before which is in these sweets.
These caramels are so unique with goat’s milk and sound terrific!
I literally just made homemade caramels and it’s a good thing because after looking at these lovely caramels I have a serious caramel craving. 🙂 They look fantastic!
I love anything goat!
(I’ve been MIA..glad to be back).
in SF I’ve seen them at Bi-Rite & The Candy Store.
I’ve seen these at a couple of places in the city and every time I am SO tempted. I think your post has sealed the deal. Happy Goat Caramels will be purchased at the my earliest opportunity.
I’ve never actually tried goat’s milk before though I’ve heard it has a ‘stronger’ taste than cow’s milk? Is that so? These caramels do look lovely though.
Jen at Tastes of Home: You are correct. Goat’s milk does have a stronger taste than cow’s. You’ve probably noticed it when you’ve had cheese. Just think how ricotta or mozzarella (both mild cow’s milk cheeses) compares to a goat cheese, and you get the picture.
wow goat milk with caramel? these look delicious!
I drink goat milk everyday. I think I will eat the whole lot 😀
Thanks Carolyn, I think I shall go and buy some goat’s milk to try out hehe
goaty. that’s a funny word. these sound awesome (literally). 🙂
I tried these awhile back at a tasting in Berkeley and while they are good I had the same wish I do for all products I have tried with goat cheese – more. I feel like people think the American palate won’t support a stronger goat cheese taste, so always feel like it needs to be more goat-y 🙂
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