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Gram’s Caramel’s: Buttery, Velvety Goodness

Up close picture of a Gram's CaramelTerry Welter had been making caramels with his grandmother for more than 50 years when he decided in 2010 to launch Gram’s Caramels, a boutique candy company in Oregon City, Oregon.

Based on his grandma’s tried and true Christmas caramel recipe, these candies are made the old fashioned way — in small batches and hand cut and wrapped. They contain only real ingredients like butter and cream with no artificial flavors or no preservatives. And they’re simply delicious.

Old photo of Terry Gram

Fifty years of making caramels with his Grandma has made Terry Welter an expert caramel maker.

RFT editors tried three flavors of Gram’s Caramels: original, raspberry liqueur, and soft chocolate. The candies, which come in 4-ounce or 1-pound bags, are generous 1-inch cubes (3/4 ounce each) individually wrapped in waxed paper.

Original. This caramel, a favorite of our judging panel, is buttery and velvet smooth with a rich caramel flavor. It has just the right soft chewiness. (It’s also available in a 2-ounce bar.)

Raspberry liqueur. In this version, they’ve added a raspberry liqueur to the original caramel recipe so you get the same lovely texture with back notes of raspberry. One RFT editor, a serious raspberry fan, loved this flavor.

Soft chocolate. The name of this caramel says it all – it’s not a heavy chocolate flavor, but has a more subtle chocolatey essence. And, of course, it retains the buttery softness of the original caramel.

Three packages of Gram's Caramels

Gram’s Caramels come in both four-ounce and one-pound bags. Next time, we’re opting for the one-pounder!

Grams’s Caramels also makes a caramel with Fleur de sel (sea salt). We didn’t sample this one, but suspect it would be a winner — balancing sweetness with just a sprinkling of salt. They also offer pecan caramels, caramel sauce, and something they call a Granmello, a combination of caramel, marshmallow, and pecans.

All of Gram’s Caramels have the same buttery richness and velvety texture.

Since this is a new company, don’t look for Gram’s excellent caramels in stores any time soon. They sell at the Oregon City Farmer’s Market on weekends and, fortunately for caramel lovers, they also sell online.

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Bobbie Hasselbring

RFT founder and the website's former editor-in-chief, Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. She's been an award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook.