While the majority of our time here at Savor Sweets is spent making, packaging, and shipping out our stock flavors, weekends are the time when we let loose and try new things. These experiments sometimes turn into giant, sticky messes — but even if they do, they’re still a heck of a lot of fun. We often try several times to get flavors just right. We are currently on batch number 12 of bacon candy, and batch number 8 of key lime candy. Often it’s just small changes, but we have to do it over and over again until the flavor is just right.
New flavors coming soon
Though all this testing, we’ve found a few flavors that are coming very close to being ready for prime-time. At the start of March, we’ll be running a poll where all of you will get the chance to tell us which flavors you think should stay, and which new flavors we should add to our standard stock candy. Keep an eye on our social networks and here to follow what we’re doing in the test kitchen.
Now in technicolor!
We have also started experimenting with all-natural, vegetable-based food dyes to create new colors for custom orders. The blue is still proving quite the challenge, but the red and yellow are turning out very well. The red is especially fun to play with, and we’ve created everything from red swirls to deep red and light pink. I am really looking forward to the first chance we get to create a specialty red for a custom candy order. I personally think they will make for beautiful candy centerpieces or candy bouquets. Don’t worry, though, our stock flavors will always remain dye free, with as few ingredients as possible.
The secrets of not-quite-perfect candies
One of the realities of making all hand-made candy is that we end up with small, orphaned pieces and bits of candy that we simply will not sell as good candies. We’ve started packaging up the best of those pieces to sell as not-quite-perfect candies, at a discount on our webstore. What some of you that have ordered those may have noticed, though, is that some of these orphaned pieces may look a bit different than our standard lollipops. The secret to these pieces are that sometimes, we throw pieces of test candy into the mix. New shapes, new sizes, perhaps even test flavors. If you do get some of these odd pieces of candy, keep in mind that we’re always open to feedback!