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Goat Milk Caramels Generate Winter Income
After the purchase of one dairy goat led to several more, Klaire and Caleb Howerton in Springfield, Mo., found themselves with an abundance of raw goat milk leading into the 2017 holiday season.
  Not ready to get into raw milk sales, they did some research and decided to make goat caramels out of their excess milk.
  Finding the perfect recipe took some experimentation because the lower butterfat content of goat milk made it a challenge. But the test batches paid off and just after Thanksgiving, Klaire and Caleb cooked, rolled, chocolate-coated, sea salt-sprinkled and packaged 6 dozen goat milk caramels and put them up for sale for $10 per dozen on their social media sites. They sold out within hours. Word quickly spread around Springfield, and the local paper even ran a story promoting the caramels as Christmas gifts.
  One of the selling points of the caramels was the unique and practical packaging – each dozen of caramels were nestled into an egg carton, which not only looked nice, it also made the caramels easy to store or to give as pre-packaged gifts. Making a new batch of caramels became an almost every other day routine at their Green Thicket Farm. By New Years, the Howertons’ had made and sold just over a hundred dozen goat milk caramels. Using their secret recipe, they expect to at least double their sales for the next holiday season, and plan to add some flavored caramels to their repertoire, such as peppermint, orange and lavender.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Klaire & Caleb Howerton, 1008 E. Farm Rd. 54, Springfield, Mo. 65803.

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2018 - Volume #42, Issue #2