Introducing {Jonboy Caramels} – and a give-away!

I had a dream – I wanted to shoot naked caramels. And not just any caramels – no, I wanted to shoot my single most favorite caramels of all time. And that is saying A LOT.

Yesterday I had the good fortune of being invited to photograph the production process of one of my very favorite treats – Jonboy Caramels. If you haven’t tried them, I am sorry. I really am. But then again, if you have never had one, you probably don’t have the same issue that I do – the constant craving for more.

Jonboy Caramels are made locally here in Seattle by three very dedicated caramel creators – Jon, Jason, and Carson. These guys spend much of their time at chez caramel creating these delicious bite-sized pieces of bliss. Everything is done by hand, from the cooking to the cutting to the wrapping and the packaging. And let me tell you, this is no small task~

First the caramel is cooked, poured onto the trays, and allowed to set. It is then taken off of the trays in a large sheet. It really is pretty – honestly. Sometimes food makes me giddy. This caramel makes me giddy.

The caramel is then cut – first into strips~

Then into pieces~

Each caramel is then wrapped by hand and put into boxes.

My favorite place to buy Jonboy Caramels is our local farmer’s markets. They are also available at many of our local Whole Foods stores. For those of you not in the Seattle area, they are available online through their website.

Jon was kind enough to answer a few questions so that we could learn a little more about the story behind the caramels~

When did you realize that your destiny would be caramels?
~I don’t think of it as destiny, but I’m definitely enjoying the ride.

How did you get started?
~It got started during the christmas season of 2008 when, feeling poor and creative, I made caramels as gifts for friends and family.

What is your baking and cooking background?
~Baking, I unfortunately have no background. Cooking, well, that kind of started out of necessity when I was young and grew to be something I enjoyed after leaving home.

Did you grow up around it?
~Yes! My sisters are amazing cooks, and, now that I think about it, maybe I do have a baking background because I remember my Mom helping me bake mini-pies.

Is it a new-found talent?
~Making caramels? Yes!

How involved are you in the process of making the caramels?
~It depends. As you might imagine, Christmas and Thanksgiving are when we need all hands on deck and no one gets any sleep. During the rest of the year we’re lucky enough to have Carson’s help, but during apple season, I’m the only one making, dipping and wrapping our caramel apples.

How many people work at Jonboy?
~Three. My business partner Jason, myself and our über talented friend, Carson, who deftly juggles (and appreciates) the flexible schedule that “made to order” caramel and going back to school requires.

Which is your favorite flavor?
~If I HAD to pick a favorite, it would probably be the absithe with black salt.

How much weight have you gained since starting this venture?
~10 lbs

Kidding! sort of… :)
~no kidding

Where would you like to see your business go?
~to the point where Jason and I don’t have to rely on our “day jobs” and can concentrate fully and completely on Jonboy Caramels.

Do you have a plan for growth for the future?
~Yes! Who doesn’t love to grow! But for us, the kicker is balancing a prudent and sustainable rate.

I know that your caramels are available locally right now, as well as online. I have a friend who flies in from Colorado and won’t leave the Seattle area without boxes of Jonboy caramels in her luggage. Would you like to sell around the country?
~Right now, to retain the freshness and quality that we’re obsessed with, it wouldn’t be prudent and sustainable. In the future, yes, we would love to, but for the moment we’ll leave that to ‘destiny.’

Jon at the University District Farmer's Market

One of the things that I love about Jonboy is that they are a local company, operated by local artisans, creating delicious treats right here in our city. I am so drawn to supporting local artisans, farmers, and store owners. I really think it is important. Sometimes it is more expensive to buy local, rather than buying things made off-shore. I know that. But I also see the value in buying local as much as possible – it matters people. Truly. Knowing the people that are supplying the things we eat – the things we put into our bodies – it is valuable. I know we can’t always do it, but when we can, isn’t it worth it?

So, as many of you haven’t tried Jonboy, I am going to give away one delicious box of caramels to three different readers. Trust me – you WANT to win this one. You will most likely try the first, thinking you will share the rest, but after that first bite, you will most likely end up in your bathroom or closet, with the door locked, eating them in secret, so as to not have to share. No? Is that just me? Wow, this is embarrassing…

So, here is the deal.

1. Visit the Jonboy Caramel website
2. Look for their flavor options
3. Come back here and leave a comment with the flavor you would like to win

If you Twitter or Facebook this give-away, you will be entered twice!

I will draw the winners next Thursday~

Have a fabulous Sunday mes amies – and visit Jonboy at the Ballard or West Seattle Sunday Farmer’s markets!
xx

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65 Responses to Introducing {Jonboy Caramels} – and a give-away!

  1. Michelle says:

    Any sweet with salt us a hit with me so sea salt or black salt! Yummy!

  2. The Fleur de Sel caramels are calling my name…!! Oh, I can’t wait to try these, I hope I win!!! Thanks, sweet Kim!!

  3. Carie says:

    Fleur de Sel—Bien sur! My mouth is watering! But don’t worry–if I win I will not make you ship to France! I will instead insist they are delivered in PERSON!

    xx!

  4. RoseandRuby says:

    Yummy! the sweets and your images xox

    the caramel with the french sea salt please!!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. Zizette says:

    Your pictures are absolutely amazing! The images you captured are so cool. I think I would love the fleur de sel.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Zizette

  6. Lisa Johnson says:

    Hello dear friend! Rarely do I comment and even more rarely do I enter giveaways. I just don’t think it’s fair unless I really, really want what is being given away. Ever since you secretly (oops, guess not a secret any more) gave me that carmel at Tiffany’s I have been dreaming of them. I would love to win a box of the fleur de sel flavor. Just the name is making me drool. So, please pick me. Please! I’ll love you forever if you do. Just kidding. You know I’ll love you forever anyway.
    XO,
    Lisa

  7. They all sound yummy and very interesting. Since I have the ultimate sweet tooth, I’d probably go for that molasses/ginger out of curiosity. I imagine, though, I would settle on the Fleur de Sel. My daughter seriously wants to go to U. of W. in Seattle. When I real little tidbits like this, it makes me wonder if she will be there after next year (senior year). Its so far but it does look like an awesome and beautiful city.

  8. These look so so delish!!!!!! I would love to try the Fleur de Sel flavor!!!!!!! Salty Caramel, Im on Heaven!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Michelle Torres
    decorater4life@aol.com

  9. Sheila says:

    as I am in Dublin and will probably never get to go to Jonboy caramels, I would love to try the Fleur de Sel :-)

  10. Margo K says:

    Yumm! I love caramels! I would love to taste the “Fleur de Sel”, I am a purist. Thank you for such a generous givaway!

  11. Sherry Smyth says:

    Caramel is my favourite is all time…these looks absolutely amazing and the ginger & molasses combo would be like heaven as my favourite cookie is a ginger snap….wishing Jon Boy much, much successs!!

  12. Sherry Smyth says:

    I twittered and facebooked this too!

  13. Caramels are my favorite and so is your photography. Would love to sample the Molasses ginger. They all sound yummy.

  14. Priscilla says:

    I just live down the road in Portlandia, but they aren’t sold here yet. I would love try them without driving all the way to Seattle!
    I love Fauchon Fleur de Sel Caramels, so I think I would chose the classic variety.

    • Jon Sue says:

      Actually, they are in the city “where young people go to retire”! The Whole Foods Market Store in the Hollywood district ordered some of each flavor last week. We love Portlandia! Both the show and your beautiful town.

  15. Karen says:

    Oh, these sound wonderful!! I’d pick the Fleur de Sel and hope I get to try them!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Lori says:

    Alhtough the molasses ginger sound tempting ~ I would love to try the Fleur de Sel. What a great shoot Kim ~ I do adore buying local when I can ~ there is just something about knowing where things came from and I know you know what I mean. Happy week-end! xo

  17. ellena says:

    All of the caramels sound delicious! I would love to win the “Fleur de Sel” variety and I will definitely look for jonboy next time I’m in Seattle. I agree with you 100% on supporting local farmers and businesses. The quality and freshness is well worth the price. I live in Portland and we are lucky enough to have many farmers markets to choose from. I can’t wait for the full season to start !!

  18. Those molasses ginger caramels are sounding like a real treat. I would love to win. Hugs Florence

  19. Marsha says:

    I would like to try all flavors…….I’ll be planning a visit :)

  20. They all sound divine! Definitely adding a visit to the market when I see family in July!
    If I win, I’d have to choose the Fleur de Sel…. though I am curious about the Absinthe with Black Salt!

    Lovely photos as well, thanks for sharing!

  21. Kathy says:

    Ohhhh yummy. I want to try a salted caramel one. I want to find some markets to go to this summer. I hope you have a beautiful Sunday with your family.
    Hugs,
    Kathy

  22. Danielle says:

    I would choose the Fleur De Sel. Your pictures made my mouth water.

  23. glynis r says:

    How fab…the Fleur De Sel please. The packaging looks so fantastic and it’s great to see something that is so ‘hands on’. Thanks for the chance to win.

  24. Junebug says:

    That black salt caramel sound delish!! That’s it, that’s my choice!
    June

  25. cathi says:

    Fleur De Sel all the way, baby!! I love caramels! xxoo :)

  26. Yvette says:

    These sound amazing!!! I am a sucker for anything Fleur de Sel!!!

  27. Anna says:

    oh yum!!! My husband would love the classic- but I would love to try that absinthe with black salt! Makes my mouth water just thinking about them!

  28. Jon Sue says:

    Wow. The close ups in the kitchen are stunning. Your time, energy, eye and talent is so appreciated Kim! We are so honored you chose to feature us. Your photos really tell the story. Almost everyone that tries our caramel has only seen (and tasted) the finished product, but you’ve shown the process and for that, we can’t thank you enough. Thank You!

  29. melissa says:

    Happy Sunday to you Kimberly ~

    I have returned to this post several times today just to soak in all the goodness you captured with your lens! Gorgeous images.

    The Fleur de Sel wins my vote, but not only for my taste buds, for if I were to be the lucky winner, I would have them shipped to my Daddy. He LOVES caramels and would go nuts for a box of these.

    Wishing you a lovely week ahead!

    We return home on Tuesday morn…so excited!

    Bisous,
    Melissa

  30. Joyce says:

    Hmmm… I can’t seem to get to his website, but I love caramels, so any flavor would be a treat. xo

  31. susan hahaj says:

    OOOHHH! The Fleur de Sel flavor looks to be my favorite! Thanks for a sweet giveaway, literally! Susan

  32. Oh…now I see what all the fuss is about…If they taste half as good as they look…oooh la la! Lovely photos and lovely giveaway…please enter me for Fleur de Sel, please…and I am on my way to Facebook to share…even tho’ I don’t want to ‘share’…:)
    Thanks!
    xxoo,

  33. Kathy Welborn says:

    I am going to search and find some Fleur de Sel Jonboy caramels. I haven’t tasted them yet, but they sound FABULOUS.

  34. Linda says:

    YUMMMY! The Fleur de Sel Jonboy caramels look delish!!!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  35. Laura says:

    Fleur de sel sound amazing. How did I miss them at the market. I’m going hunting for them this week.
    Laura

  36. My husband son and I just moved to Seattle and I am so excited to try these caramels! I would love to try the Fleur de sel – as a start anyway :) I will definitely have to head to the farmers market and pick up a package. Winning some would be even better!! Thanks for the fun giveaway and interview.

  37. my mouth is watering! i have been on a no sugar kick but i think i could break that very easily to try the Absinthe with black salt! sounds so yummy and they are beautiful caramels.

  38. LLH Designs says:

    Anything salty sweet tempts me! I’m in love with the way they are wrapped. Pure and simple. Love it!

    Hw fun for you to get to photograph these simple beauties!

    Xo,
    Linsey

  39. Karen says:

    Oh, it’s the classic Fleur de sel every time! I’ve bought some at the Ballard farmers market but what a treat to get a whole box. Sign me up, sign me up! (plus I’ve FB’d this post…)

  40. Mary says:

    Gorgeous pictures – I have a serious sweet tooth now! It’s got to be Fleur de Sel, although I’m really curious about that Molasses and Ginger flavor too. Sounds divine!

  41. Tara says:

    Kim, you did a fantastic job taking those photos, what a fun experience. Being I can’t eat these types of things right now, I am drooling over all the flavors, but the Fleur de Sel sound fanastic! I hope you are well~ Tara

  42. Rita says:

    I’d have to pick the Fleur de Sel for the original caramel flavor!!

  43. Vicki Archer says:

    They look divine and caramels are my very worst weakness….wish I could buy them…..xv

  44. colleen says:

    Oh my, those fotos are gorgeous. I’d love to win and I’d pick the fleur de sel johnboys. Wish they were at my farmer’s market or whole foods! thanks for the chance to win.

  45. joanna says:

    yum! let’s see…fleur de sel…no, molasses ginger…or maybe fleur de sel? They both sound so good! Maybe for a first try the fleur de sel and if they are as good as you say they are after I move to Vancouver this summer I may have to take a drive down to Seattle to try the other flavours!

  46. Melissa says:

    Definitely the Fleur de Sel! They look tasty!

  47. Tracey says:

    Fleur de Sel and Molasses Ginger! I would want both!! Classic or new? Who could make that decision. Classic is always a winner but something about Molasses Ginger sounds so different yet delicious.

  48. jamie says:

    Heaven!!! Fleur de Sel, absolument! I have developed a serious addiction to this flavor over the past Fall/Winter. Thank you so much for the visual treat, I am so craving this perfect combination right now!!! Off to tweet about this:)

  49. Aubree says:

    Fleur del Sel, please!!

  50. Wendy says:

    Okay, so I live in Arlington. How have I not heard of these sweet treats? Definitely the Fleur de Sel for me. {Sigh} ?

  51. lissa says:

    this is fabulous! I can’t wait until they’re in edmonds every week! Although that could be a bit dangerous!

  52. Dawn says:

    I live in the Seattle area, and have NEVER had these…so I am dying to try! I think I would choose Fluer de Sal, but the Absinthe and Black Salt sounds amazing!!

  53. nancy says:

    fleur de sel would definitely be my flavor! OMG I LOVE LOVE caramel!! My husband works at Wholefoods now why haven’t I heard about these magnificent caramels? were in texas so, maybe that’s whY? xoxo’s nancy

  54. stephanie says:

    i would love to try the fleur de sel. LOVE salted caramels…..my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

  55. Megan b. says:

    fleur de sel, all the way….
    :)

    BTW…I’ve loved every recipe or amazing treat you’ve ever recommended…..I think I’ve gained 10 lbs just eating your delish granola and banana bread!

    Megan

  56. Lea Hart says:

    My tastebuds are salivating to try the molasses ginger… My daughter and I constantly do caramel adventure tastes in Bend and would love to try JonBoys!

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  58. Irina Slobodina says:

    I am craving Fluer de Sel caramel right now.:)

  59. rusty drake says:

    …and where are the comments about the Balsamic Berry? Simply incredible! The blackberry and raspberry juices with the balsamic vinegar is amazing. An orchestra of flavors playing a symphony on your taste buds.

  60. Dr. Paul Macellari says:

    Had the opportunity to try your caramels on my last visit to Seattle (Lake Forest Park Farmers market) a few months ago. My mother is a licorice and caramel fiend, so Jonboy’s absinthe sea salt caramels seemed like the single perfect sweet to quell mom’s dual obsessions. She was delighted with her gift!

  61. Pam says:

    I’d like to know how many caramels come in a box. Couldn’t find any information at all. Thanks!

  62. Suzy Lancaster says:

    You really want a decision??!! oh my, the Fleur de Sel caramels, salty and sweet, oh yum! But, but…Molasses & Ginger?! wow, that would be gilding the lily or caramel, so yes, the Molasses & Ginger. Yes. But then there is the salty sweet thing too. I *do* love salty sweet, yet it’s such a temptation to think of the deep flavor of molasses and the bright sharpness of the ginger over the caramel sweet. But, ohhhhh, salty sweet caramel….
    If I won, could I have like half a box of the Fleur de Sel and the Molasses & Ginger? Or even two or three boxes of each, one *should* really test things thoroughly and that might just be enough caramel to test! Just to be fair and all that. Ohhhh, this is so difficult this early! I’m doing the eeny meeny thing…it landed on the Fleur de Sel ( of course, I would not be terribly upset over both, La!).

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