For over twenty years, I made caramels and toffee for my friends and family as holiday gifts. As I refined my techniques and improved my candy, I found an increasingly eager crowd anxious to receive my sweets during the holidays. Encouragement from these friends and family inspired me to create Red Kite Candy in 2009.
Red Kite now handcrafts several varieties of caramel, toffee, and nougat, shipping them around the country. All of our candies are still prepared fresh here in our Vermont kitchen with an emphasis on using the freshest local ingredients.
We select our ingredients with a great deal of care and we're always looking for the best. We never use artificial ingredients, and when possible, we always choose to source locally. The table below provides details on every single ingredient we use.
|Ingredient||Products Where Used||Notes|
|Milk||Caramels||100% of the milk we use is organic and comes from two organic farms in Vermont. The milk is from Guernsey and Jersey cows – both known for their superior quality dairy.|
|Cream||Caramels||100% organic – same source as our milk.|
|Chocolate||Toffee||We use fine chocolates from Callebaut (Belgium).|
|Sugar||Caramels, Toffee, Nougat||100% organic cane sugar. This typically is sourced from Brazil.|
|Butter||Caramels, Toffee||European style cultured butter – all from rGBH-free Vermont cream.|
|Maple Syrup||Maple Caramels||100% pure Vermont. All of our suppliers are local.|
|Corn Syrup||Caramels, Toffee, Nougat||Not to be confused with High Fructose Corn Syrup. Corn syrup or “glucose” is used by candy makers to bind ingredients and improve texture and shelf life by retarding sugar crystallization.|
|Pecans||Pecan Caramels||Our Pecans are 100% organic and are grown in Missouri.|
|Almonds||Toffee, Nougat||Our Almonds are 100% organic and are grown in California.|
|Pistachios||Nougat||Our Pistachios are 100% organic and are grown in California.|
|Honey||Nougat||All of our honey comes from local beekeepers.|
|Egg Whites||Nougat||The egg whites (albumen) we use are both fresh (from local free-range chickens) and powdered.|
|Cocoa Butter||Nougat||Used to improve the taste/texture of our nougat.|
|Baking Soda||Caramels||The function of baking soda is to neutralize the acidity level of the other ingredients. This is necessary when using fresh dairy. Baking Soda is not an agricultural product and therefore USDA certification (e.g. “organic”) is not applicable.|
|Salt / Sea Salt||Caramels, Toffee||@“Fleur de Sel” used in our Sea Salt Caramels is hand-harvested in France and is an all-natural product. Standard sea salt is used elsewhere. Salt is not an agricultural product and therefore USDA Organic certification is not applicable.|
Our Commitment to the Environment
We're always on the lookout for materials and methods that are gentler to the environment. For example, our cello bags are made from compostable, plant-based material. Inks are all soy-based and we use recycled post-consumer content whenever possible. These materials may cost a bit more, but we think they're worth it. We're fortunate we have so many quality sources of ingredients in our “backyard”. All of our milk, cream, butter, eggs, maple syrup and honey are locally sourced. We’re glad we can avoid the energy impact of unnecessary transportation from faraway places.