Who said candy always has to be a a guilty pleasure? Liddabit Sweets in Brooklyn, founded by Liz Gutman and Jen King, is whipping up homemade caramels, chocolate bars, jellies, and caramel corn using fresh local ingredients. Not only are their candies made sustainably (and deliciously), they come in some truly unique flavors.Â
Liz and Jen started Liddabit with the intention of trying out some new recipes and making some extra cash on the weekends. When they were accepted to sell their products at Brooklyn Flea, however, the business took off and became much more than just a side project. Liz says it's been an amazing experience to work with the community of vendors at Brooklyn Flea. "There's so much collaboration and support between producers; even producers who compete with each other!" she told us. They even share kitchen space with a few other Flea vendors.
As for their creative candies, try the Breakfast of Heroes caramel corn, made with Bourbon Whiskey, ground coffee, and candied bacon. Or sample some Honeycomb candy, a chocolate-dipped confection featuring local honey from Tremblay Apiaries in upstate New York. Liddabit's most popular treat, however, is the beer and pretzel caramel, made with beer from Brooklyn Brewery and Martin's Handmade Pretzels. "We get a surprising amount of people telling us how they don't like beer, and they don't like caramel, but they like the Beer & Pretzel. Go figure!" Liz said.
Not just the candies are made with sustainability in mind. Liddabit's plastic packaging is also 100% biodegradable and their paper packaging is made from recycled material that can all be recycled again.
The company continues to grow and change; one of Liddabit's proudest accomplishments is having their caramels sold at Chef Daniel Boulud's Ãƒâ€°picerie Boulud, a total "warm-and-fuzzies" moment, according to Liz. Liz also says that some new equipment is on its way to the kitchen at Liddabit, which will allow for faster production that will hopefully bring Liddabit into an even wider range of retail outlets. Right now, they're taking it one step at a time, but definitely a hope for a Liddabit storefront in the future.
Liddabit is located at the Brooklyn Flea Market every Saturday in Fort Greene and the New Amsterdam Market in Lower Manhattan on Sundays. Their products are also available at a variety of New York locations - visit their website for a full list.