Happy Goat Caramels

If asked, a lot of people will tell you that they’re not big fans of caramel. In a way, it’s understandable; a lot of caramels produced in the US are much too sweet and all around second-rate. But I have to wonder if these people would feel the same way were they to try products from Happy Goat Caramel. Yes, these are caramels made from goat milk, which differs substantially from cows’ milk.

Goat milk contains less lactose than does cows’ milk, so it’s easier for those with lactose intolerance to digest. And those with casein allergies might also be able to consume goat milk more easily, as it contains less of that protein. Goat milk also has a tart note to it.

Goodlifer: Happy Goat Caramels

Made with organic sugar, these caramels tend to be less sweet, but still sweet enough to please almost anyone.

Incidentally, Happy Goat Caramel isn’t made from just any old goat milk. The goats that provide this milk range freely on small farms in California. Baby goats are not separated from their mothers at birth (a far too common practice), and the goats are never fed anything genetically modified or with animal by-products. The farms do not use insecticides or pesticides, and the goats are fed a proper diet (grass, clover, alfalfa, legume hay, water, and salt). This goat milk is kosher certified, as well.

This special milk produces some special caramels. Made with organic sugar, these caramels tend to be less sweet than those you might have had in the past, but they’re still sweet enough to please almost anyone. They’re also available in several varieties. The roster at Happy Goat Caramel changes periodically, but at this writing it includes Vanilla Bean, Coconut & Lime, Chocolate & Sea Salt, and Honey. There are two caramel sauces, as well: Goat Milk & Vanilla Bean, and Scotch. My favorite caramels are the Chocolate & Sea Salt (a great blend of tastes), though the Coconut & Lime are a close second.

Happy Goat Caramels are all handmade, using organic ingredients.

Happy Goat Caramels are all handmade, using organic ingredients.

I like the fact that the emphasis here is on the product, and those creatures ultimately responsible for it, rather than on glitzy packaging and a stylish image. Best of all, if you can’t get to California or don’t live nearby, you can order online.

About author
Stephanie Zonis was born with a spoon in her mouth — a tasting spoon, that is. She began cooking (especially baking) at a very early age, and for a short time even ran a highly illegal baking business from her long-suffering parents’ house when she was in high school. After acquiring a Master’s Degree in Foods, she eventually discovered the Internet in 1997. She’s been writing about food and developing recipes, especially where chocolate is involved, ever since. During those few moments when she’s not cooking or writing or thinking about food, Stephanie enjoys reading, walking, political discussions, and volunteering at a local no-kill cat sanctuary. She has been a member of a medieval re-creation group for longer than she’ll admit and loves absurdist humor.
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