Finding Opportunity in the Unexpected

Boston-based McCrea’s Candies, a maker of luxe, handcrafted caramel, was founded by Jason and Kate McCrea. The McCrea’s met on Alaska’s North  Slope in the Arctic Circle, where both were employed in research positions at the Toolik Lake Biological Field Station. In subsequent jobs, the two learned marketing, database management and business analysis – valuable skills which ultimately helped the duo to build and operate a candy business – but, at the time, did not protect them from back-to-back layoffs. Jason, a candy fiend, used his “time-off” to cook sweet treats and gifts for neighbors, teachers and family friends. Rave reviews and a nudge from an across-the-street neighbor gave the McCrea’s the courage to transition into the sweet science of making candy full-time and start McCrea’s Candies. The couple has grown McCrea’s into a national brand found in over 1,000 retails outlets throughout the United States.

6 Secret Santa Gifts Under $20 for the Person in Your Office You Barely Know

Received a name you don't recognize for your company's Secret Santa gift exchange? Don't panic--here are some ideas everyone will love.

McCrea's Candies Caramel: Every office worker can appreciate a sweet treat small enough to store in a desk drawer. This set includes caramels with unique flavors like Single Malt Scotch, Black Lava Sea Salt, and Dark Roasted Mocha. Even if one flavor isn't a favorite, there are plenty more to choose from.

Fall Hostess Gifts That Will Get You Invited Back

The weather is getting crisp and the days are getting shorter. It’s time for the new school year, new football season and Halloween. With all of the social gatherings on the calendar this time of year, we’ve rounded up some ideas for what to bring the host or hostess to make sure you get invited back year after year!

Everybody loves a good tasty treat. The perfect (and easy!) hostess gift is an edible gift that’s beautifully packaged. If you find this holy grail, stock up on a few for last-minute gifts!  McCrea’s Sea Salt Caramels are great for this.