Flavored Caramel Corn is the trend for 2012
Our caramel corn is featured in a food trend article in Specialty Foods magazine today, March 1. Popcorn - both savory and sweet - is a hot trend this year and Artisan Candies has some great flavored caramel corn guaranteed to satisfy your popcorn craving! Read more here.
sofi Competition Award 2011 update
Artisan Candies' Maple Pecan Chipotle Brittle won the Silver Award at the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington D.C. We are thrilled to receive this award, as it was our first time competing in this prestigious competition. You can see more here.
sofi Competition Award 2011
Artisan Candies' Maple Pecan Chipotle Brittle has been chosen as a Silver finalist in the sofi™ Award Snack Category Competition for 2011! The sofi Awards competition (Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation) is sponsored every year by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT), and is an immensely prestigious competition in the food industry. We are thrilled to be finalists this year, especially since this is our first time entering! Gold winners will be selected from among the Silver finalists at at the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C. on July 11, 2011. You can see the entire list of Silver finalists here.
The Snack category - for which we entered the brittle - was the largest for 2011, and we are one of five Silver finalists out of 106 entries. We'll keep you posted on the results!
Fancy Food Show at Moscone Center in San Francisco 2011
Artisan Candies exhibited at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco this year, and did very well with strengthening existing business relationships, while making new connections and unveiling new products for 2011. Salted Caramels and Pecan Toffee were the biggest stars at the booth, followed by the Lady Caramel Apples (not new, but featured in our displays), Mint Bark, and our Creamy Pralines. We are very excited about following up on our new leads, which promise to expand our brand across the country, and maybe even into some new ones!
A couple of new trends that we saw at the show were unusual foods using black pepper, the ghost pepper, and coconut. The trend of using bacon in just about everything is still strong, and will continue this year. New tea companies that use sustainable methods and support the local communities in Bangladesh and other tea-growing regions were highlighted as well. Look for Artisan Candies to come up with some new twists on our candies using black pepper, and maybe even bacon.... (Yes, I said it here first). Happy 2011!
Artisan Candies featured in three magazines for Fall 2010
We are so excited to be featured in three magazines this year, all highlighting our old-fashioned candies with sophisticated flavors. You can see them here - Specialty Foods Magazine, Special Events Magazine, and Food Product Design.
Northern California Renaissance Faire - September/October, 2010
Artisan Candies is at the renaissance faire again this year! You can find us at booth #119 on the road up to the joust, where you'll find many of our treats, seasonal items, and our fresh chocolate fondue with fresh fruit and cream puffs. You can even meet Dean, himself! Dates are weekends September 11 through October 17, 2010. Click here for details.
Gilroy Garlic Festival 2010 - Gilroy, CA
Artisan Candies was at the famous Gilroy Garlic Festival in July, and got interviewed by KGO Radio's Gene Burns! Listen to the interview here.
NASFT Fancy Food Show update - January 21, 2010
The show is over for the year, and Artisan Candies did a great job. We are so proud and excited to be members of NASFT, and our first trade show with this organization was a hit. Now the work begins with all the leads, follow up and of course, making candy for all those orders. And, to add to the excitement, we were featured on a news segment for Fox 40, where you can see it here: Click here
Artisan Candies to show at the Fancy Food Show! - January 17 - 19, 2010
We are proud to announce that Artisan Candies has become a member of the NASFT, and will be doing our first Fancy Food Trade Show this year. Our booth number is 435 in the North Hall of Moscone Center in San Francisco, and we would love to see you there if you attend.
This is a big step for Artisan Candies, where we will gain national exposure, as well as take our company to a whole new level. Hope to see you there!
New Products Offerings -Summer/Fall 2009
We have added a new category to our offerings..."Things on Sticks"! After the sweet success of our S'mores on a Stick, we have taken the concept of "things on sticks" and applied them to some of our other candies. Caramel Pops, and Fudge pops in chocolate, brown sugar and peanut butter flavors, are some of our newest offerings, which are all perfect for grab-and-go, or special events where you need "just enough" of a great candy with a pretty presentation.
We are also proud to present two new additions to our famous handmade caramel line. Our first is the all-family favorite, Artisan Caramel Apples. We use our signature caramel to dip fresh granny smith apples, and we have another version with the addition of chopped pecans. Nothing else gets in the way of that perfect caramel apple flavor combination, as we do not cover it up with chocolate, candies, marshmallows or other unnecessary ingredients. Order yours today, and we think you'll agree that there is no better tasting caramel apple.
Our second new caramel offering is one that was years in the making. For a long time now, people have been asking us to create a matching caramel sauce that has the same flavors as our signature caramel. Well... we've done it! Our new caramel sauce will be available for sale at the Northern California Renaissance Faire, atop crisp granny smith apple slices. We are looking into possible solutions for putting our new sauce into jars, and will update you as we go. In the meantime, you may be able to purchase small quantities on-site at our new manufacturing facility in San José, California, at 4432 Pearl Avenue. Please call ahead for availability and pickup.
New Manufacturing Facility - Summer 2009
We have a new home! Artisan Candies is proud to announce tthat they have purchased and moved into their new manufacturing kitchen, at 4432 Pearl Avenue in San José, California. This is a milestone for Artisan Candies, as this new facility will enable the company to secure and process larger orders, enable on-site pickup for customers, and acquire contracts with major retailers across the country.
We are also currently looking for other candy makers, bakers, and pastry chefs that need to rent kitchen space. If you know of anyone, please feel free to forward our information to them.
Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine - Fall 2008
Artisan Candies is now a Favorite Candy Vendor at Martha Stewart Weddings magazine! Our Soft Caramels just keep getting more famous... Look under the category "Caramels", and there we are! Click here.
Cooking Demos on ABC Channel 7 - September 24, 2008
Dean and Kristen were invited to do two cooking demonstrations on the show "View From the Bay" on ABC Channel 7, representing the Northern California Renaissance Faire. In full costume, they demonstrated how to make their now-famous S'mores on a Stick, and Rocks in the Road (AKA Rocky Road). Click here to see it!
Northern California Renaissance Faire - September 6 - October 12, 2008
Artisan Candies will be the vendor of the beloved Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and Candies booth at the Northern California Renaissance Faire this year. Click here for more details.
Wednesday nights July and August, 2008 - Sunnyvale's Summer Series Music + Market
Artisan Candies is selling their candies, along with their new chocolate fondue with fresh fruit and cream puffs, and chocolate dipped strawberries at Sunnyvale's Summer Series Music + Market on Murphy Street, between Washington and Evelyn (near the Sunnyvale train station). Be there for the party from 5:00-8:00 every Wednesday, and listen to some great live music while you stroll, shop and eat on beautiful and historical Murphy Street. Meet the candy makers in person, and try some of the new products - we'll be selling a few things that are not currently on our website, so check it out. Click here for details and directions.
Rachael Ray Show - July 14 , 2008
Artisan Candies' Soft Caramels is the Snack of the Day on the Rachael Ray Show! After choosing from our selection of handcrafted candies, the show picked our Soft Caramels for the snack, and gave 140 of them out to audience members and celebrity guests. We're thrilled that Rachael Ray has chosen our caramels to be part of her illustrious collection of snacks, and are proud to have been on the show. Here is the link to their web page for the show information, where you can see the Soft Caramels listed as the Snack of the Day. Click here.
Northern California Pirate Festival - June 14 and 15, 2008
Artisan Candies will be the vendor of the beloved Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and Candies booth at the Northern California Pirate Festival this year. Click here for more details. Click here to go to the Pirate festival website.
Artisan Candies is pleased to announce that selected candies and their respective labels will be decorated and custom-designed with select holiday colors. These include Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Independence Day, and Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving. Please ask for the holiday candies, as not all candies will be decorated.
Artisan Candies is featured in The Nibble, an online magazine, in their newest article about handmade marshmallows. Click here to read about it.
Artisan Candies will be selling their candies at the Harvest Festival in San Jose on Thanksgiving weekend, November 23, 24 and 25 2007. Visit us at booth number LO8 (near the food court).
Artisan Candies introduces a brand new product...three kinds of Rocky Road!