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Goat’s Milk Makes Sweet Treats
Casey Prochniak has turned her passion for showing and breeding goats into a sweet side business by using their milk to make fudge, caramel, turtles, and other candy. Sales for the sweets have surpassed her soaps and lotions, especially during the holiday season.
    She first learned how to make caramel from a friend, then started experimenting with other candies.
    “Goat milk is naturally homogenized, so it is hard to get cream for some recipes,” Prochniak says, so she adds commercial cream in some candy. Overall, goat’s milk gives her creations a rich and smooth texture.
    Between a part-time job as a veterinary technician and being a mother of two young children, she mostly makes candy in the evenings and on weekends in her Gibbon, Minn., home. She sells through a local consignment store and her website. The cooler seasons work best for shipping candy.
    The Prochniaks milk 15 to 20 goats, bred from American Toggenburg, Alpine and Lamancha dairy goats that they show at ADGA National Shows.
    “I like the preciseness of making candy. It’s relaxing for me,” Prochniak says. She also likes the challenge of coming up with new recipes such as caramel apples, with the plan to grow her own apples.
    Check out her website for more information on candy flavors and pricing.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Casey Prochniak, Can-ter Vine Dairy Goats, Gibbon, Minn. (507-217-7229; caseyahlbrecht@hotmail.com; www.cantervinedairygoats.com; Facebook: Can-ter Vine Dairy Goats)

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