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Peace, love & caramels: McCrea’s Candies Advent Calendar, Hyde Park

By now, you probably know McCrea’s handcrafted, small-batch caramels — even the caramel-averse swoon after that first taste of sea salt-sprinkled, buttery-sweet perfection. For 2019, they teamed up with New Hampshire artist Cindy Hendrick and Franklin Printing in Maine to create a caramel-stuffed advent calendar: A box of caramels opens up to reveal a charming kitchen scene populated with woodland creatures who are making (you guessed it) caramels. Behind the 24 doors are wrapped caramels in a dozen flavors, including cinnamon clove, café noir, and single malt scotch, along with the classic vanilla, chocolate, and maple. So maybe this is a family share-me gift? $35; available at Beacon Hill Chocolates and Eataly Boston, and online.

Under the Radar’s Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Under the Radar’s Holiday Gift Guide 2019

If you’re looking for a great mixed drink for your next seasonal social setting, or are simply in need of gift ideas for a whiskey or cocktail connoisseur in your life, look no further the Under the Radar’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide. We’re here to help.

Single Malt Scotch Caramel

McCrea’s Candies is a Massachusetts-based company dedicated to making “the best caramel in the world—nothing less,” and well, shoot, we can’t say we’ve ever tasted any better.  Of particular interest to anyone reading this gift guide should be their Single Malt Scotch variety, flavored with Ardmore. The result is a sweet candy with the unmistakably smoky, slightly peaty characteristics of a great glass of single malt. It’s enough to satisfy a sweet tooth, for sure—but also a hankering for a swig of whiskey. Other indulgent and interesting caramel varieties from McCrea’s include Rosemary Truffle Sea Salt, Dark Roasted Mocha, and Basil Cayenne. You can go for a single-flavor tube, a full Flavor Family set with all of their flagship offerings, or even sign them up for a Caramel of the Month club, which delivers 36 candies to their door every 30 or so days.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Foodies

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McCrea's Caramels Flavor Family

Give the gift of mouthwatering caramel with the McCrea's Caramel Flavor Family! This delicious caramel assortment features four pieces each of nine unique delicious flavors. This handcrafted collection includes traditional and unexpected favorites like Dark Roasted Mocha, Ginger Fusion, Rosemary Truffle Sea Salt, Single Malt Scotch, Black Lava Sea Salt, Tapped Maple, Cape Cod Sea Salt, Classic Vanilla and Deep Chocolate. There is something for everyone in this grand tasting box and it is the ultimate gift for caramel lovers!

Ultimate Small Business Gift Guide

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Small businesses are truly the backbone of the economy, employing about half of the total workforce in the US. So, to encourage you all to support those small businesses this holiday season (and the rest of the year, too!), we here at have created the ultimate gift guide, full of over 100 unique small business products and services, all provided by our incredible contributor network of business owners, experts, advisors and entrepreneurs. The gift ideas are presented below in no particular order.

So, whether you are looking for gifts for clients, family, friends or even just a treat for yourself, we’ve got you covered with the small business gift guide below!

Season's Eatings With Caramel!

McCrea’s Candies makes luxe caramel using the finest salts, spirits, and seasonings to produce handcrafted candies in beautiful biodegradable packaging. With 16 flavors to choose from, there’s something for even the pickiest of coworkers. And, every office worker can appreciate a gourmet sweet treat small enough to store in a desk drawer. Flavors include Single Malt Scotch, Black Lava Sea Salt, Deep Chocolate, Cinnamon Clove, as well as coffee, vanilla, ginger and so many more.