Sweet family memories gave Susanne McBride the inspiration to launch a career as a micro-confectioner.
Spreckels, CA, September 05, 2019 — Sweet family memories gave Susanne McBride the inspiration to launch a career as a micro-confectioner. Now her business Sweets of Eden makes it easy to sweeten anyone’s holiday by offering convenient online gift purchases of her famous hand-wrapped, small-batch caramels.
Previously sold only at pop-up events and through third-party outlets, McBride’s caramels — patterned after her mother’s coveted family recipe — can now be purchased online at www.sweetsofeden.net.
Just in time for the holidays, Sweets of Eden has created unique edible tri-gift packs (in three separate flavors) that are sold either in Mason jars ($27) or cellophane bags ($25).
Along with her daughter Kate Brown and their combined families, McBride started Sweets of Eden in 2016. McBride began making the creamy treats 30 years ago after remembering her mother’s caramels, a family recipe that was lost a decade before. She modified the recipe, and while not exactly the same as her mother’s, it was a hit and brought back fond memories.
The caramels are all made by hand, slow-cooked in small batches and individually wrapped. Making up to 20 pounds of caramels per week, Sweets of Eden has launched different flavors. Starting with vanilla, they soon expanded and now produce up to more than 15 flavors seasonally, including sea salt, apple pie, coffee, pumpkin, peppermint, raspberry, root beer, green apple, orange creamsicle, passionfruit, lemon, cinnamon and licorice. All are gluten free and dye free. The family is testing out several new flavors, including chai, hot spicy caramel and vegan and sugar-free versions. They never lack for volunteers for the taste testing. The maker’s favorite? McBride says: “The last batch made is always the favorite until the next batch is made.”
McBride is a third-generation Monterey County resident — her family has been in the area since the 1870s. Both McBride and Brown have full-time jobs, but love to step into the kitchen and stir the pot. As for how the name of the company was created, well, it just made sense. “We are surrounded by Steinbeck and it clicked. There is a sweet history here and we are going to include it.”
Sweets of Eden
Marci Bracco Cain
Salinas, CA 93901