One year confectioner Jonathan "Jonboy" Sue whipped up a batch of caramels to give away over the holidays. The response from recipients was so encouraging that Sue transitioned from "gifting amateur" to professional, launching Jonboy Caramels with business partner Jason Alm. Their products are now available at some farmers markets and several Seattle-area stores, including Whole Foods.
Jonboy caramels are handmade using a short list of natural ingredients. Their cream comes from the Skagit Valley and the Absinthe with Black Salt flavor--a nod to Scandinavian salted licorice--uses liquor from Woodinville's Pacific Distillery. The Fleur de Sel flavor features a restrained sprinkle of sea salt, while the Molasses-Ginger has a comforting warmth.