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Happy Goat Makes Me Happy!

January 4, 2010


When Michael Winnike, founder and caramel craftsman extraordinaire, first introduced his confections to us, I became an immediate fan. Seldom do I encounter anyone with similar passion and enthusiasm for all things candy, but Michael fits the bill and I like that.

As the candy buyer for the store, I see and taste a lot of candy. It’s a tough job, I know! While most items do not make it onto our shelves, every now and then I come across something that wows me and I place an order immediately. I have a very specific checklist and any new product must meet at these 5 criteria:

  1. The candy must be made by a small confectioner – family owned or local are a bonus.

  2. The ingredients must be of the highest quality.

  3. The product must be unique and not easily found in other stores.

  4. The packaging must be attractive.

  5. Lastly, and most importantly, it must taste great!

Happy Goat meets all the above requirements, plus a couple that I didn’t list: the price point is perfect, at $10 for a box of 14 individually-wrapped caramels, they’re a guilt-free indulgence, as well as a perfect gift. Also, Michael could not be any nicer or easier to work with.

A little about the caramels: the texture is firm, yet chewy, exactly how a good caramel should be. The tangy and sweet goat milk is on the forefront, the slight saltiness comes next, and finishes with vanilla bean seeds that linger in the mouth. The balance is just right. The name Happy Goat’ is not just cute — it actually is truth in advertising. The milk comes from free-range goats, raised on small California farms. They grow up on healthy diets and have a wide space to roam. The caramels are handmade in copper pots in small batches and contain premium goat dairy, organic sugar and Madagascar vanilla bean seeds.

It’s the little things in life that make me happy and yes, Happy Goat caramels are one of them! Come on by for a sample (that is, if I haven’t devoured them all – I’m only sort of kidding!)  

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  1. P-Dub January 18, 2010 @ 11:26 am

    mmm… put it in my mouth!

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