Other than caramels, beer – especially local beer – is one of Jerrod’s great passions. He combines their buttery, soft caramel with a healthy dose of Ghost River Brewing's Golden Ale and finish it off with nice sized chunks of hand-crushed salty pretzels. Makes a perfect malty, caramelly, crunchy and salty bite! Beer and pretzels? Sure. Beer, pretzels and caramel? Back the truck up!
Golden Ale is brewed with the finest two-row malted barley and German variety hops available. Its mellow, refreshing character is accentuated by Memphis’ soft water and the Munich and caramel malts give this beer enough sweetness to balance the crisp, dry finish that complements Shotwell’s caramels perfectly.
As a part of of 5-year celebration, I am bringing back some of my favorite products that have graced the shelves of RLC over the years. When I first opened, I carried these handmade caramels from Memphis' Shotwell Candy Company. Owned by Jerrod Smith, a corporate attorney, he would make them after work (and his three daughters were asleep) every night in a big copper pot in their home kitchen (roughly 9pm - 2am). Each piece was hand-cut and wrapped in brown wax paper. And each piece tastes like a little bit of heaven. In the subsequent five years, the company has grown. I was one of only a handful of businesses carrying the product, but now Shotwell (named after his great-grandfather, L. Shotwell George) is well-known around the south, even raking in accolades from such names as Garden & Gun (2015 Made in the South Award runner up), Real Simple, Southern Living (2015 Southern Living Food Award for Best Sweet), Fine Cooking, Grub Street and even Entertainment Weekly.
4 ounce box (about 11-13 pieces)