Made in Virginia 2014: La Vache Microcreamery Caramels, Charlottesville

La Vache Microcreamery Caramels 

Photo by Karly Murphy

Sometimes, caramels are just caramels; other times, they are an experience, as when made by Stephanie Williams at La Vache Microcreamery. Crafted by hand using local and seasonal ingredients, owner (and candy-maker, wrapper, packer and shipper who has been in business barely a year) Williams works hand-in-hand with nature to create a product that engages multiple senses: The aroma of lavender, the sweetness of honey, the smoothness of cream and other earthy embellishments combine to create flavors like fleur de sel and citrus spice. Even the cardboard-and-twine packaging is elegant and simple. $3.99 per 4-piece pack or $8.99 per quarter-pound.

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