After years of making his mother's caramels as holiday gifts and being told—unsolicited and earnestly—that they were the best his friends had ever tasted, Spencer Aste took the plunge and began selling them, calling his company Just Caramel.
Since being a working actor can come with stretches of free time between gigs, Aste has the luxury of research and development time other food artisans can only dream about. "I'm experimenting with dried fruits, nuts, chocolate, spices," he says, adding that he's looking ahead to a more autumnal flavor profile as the summer winds down. "I want to fool around with cinnamon, allspice, maybe a little ginger, and come out with a pumpkin pie caramel for the fall."
While he will always carry the plain and pecan varieties, Aste promises plenty of seasonal flavors as well, like summer's Rocky Roadl winter's pistachio, dried cranberry, and white chocolate caramelsl or the hot cinnamon swirl caramels only available around Valentine's Day. Whatever the flavor, all of Just Caramel's namesake sweets are made with quality ingredients completely by hand: hand stirred, hand cut, and hand wrapped.
But is he afraid the company's name will limit future product development? Not a bit, says Aste, "It's amazing how many things you can mix with caramel."
For more information, visit JustCaramelOnline.com.
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