Caramelos Artesanos in Seville, Spain – Favorite Finds
Raise your hand if you like suckers! Raise your hand if you like caramels! Raise your hand if you like marshmallows! Raise your hand if you like gummies! Raise your hand if you like artisan candy made from scratch right in front of your eyes! Ok, now my hand is tired.
If you raised your hand too, go check out Caramelos Artesanos.
Jimmy and I came across this cute and yummy shop the other day. It's full of candy. I felt like I had walked into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, minus the chocolate. It’s quite pleasing to the eye with all the bright colors, and a sweet aroma of sugar fills you when you enter. It’s small, only fitting a handful of customers at a time, but it’s big in flavor, visual appeal, and deliciousness.
The best thing about this little shop is that the guests can watch the candy makers make the candy right there in front of them while they observe through the glass. Jimmy and I arrived about noon, but they weren’t currently making any new candy. They said they would start making their hard candy for suckers around 1:00 PM, so we roamed around Seville for a bit and then returned so we could watch, and I’m so glad that we did! The lady even brought out a little stool for Jimmy to stand on while he watched so he could have a better view. So sweet. No pun intended.
I was amazed and completely mesmerized at the candy making process. When the candy first comes out of the pan, it is very hot and soupy looking. Once they were able to physically handle it, they pulled it and worked it until it got to the texture that they desired, similar to taffy. They needed to keep it warm and moldable, so they used a small blow torch to heat it up now and again as they worked with it. They rolled each color into a small log and then lined up each small log in a row with the other colors, forming it into a cylinder shape. What happened next was amazing. The guy started pulling at the candy, making it more narrow while twisting it, then cutting off little pieces into a circular shape. Then he handed each piece to the lady who stuck it onto a stick to make a sucker. It was so fun to watch and made me want to buy more candy after seeing all the steps that go into just one little sucker! I am not even that big of a sucker fan, but watching this made me want to buy one for myself.
They Sell 4 Types of Candy All Completely Homemade –
- Hard candy made into suckers and little pieces sold in small bags
- Caramel logs rolled in wax paper
- Marshmallows sold by the box or cup
- Gummy candy formed into different fun shapes sold in small bags
Everything that I sampled and bought was delicious and so fresh. You could tell that it was newly made and not sitting in the shop for months. The candy that was the most interesting was the little hard candy pieces. Not only do they make different flavors but they also make different designs and pictures on each little piece. There were some with pumpkins, some with strawberries, some with hearts, and some that say, “I Love You.” I have never seen anything like it. So much detail put into such a small space.
If you want, they can customize any of their candy for you and make it say or look however you want. What a fun idea for a wedding or a birthday party! The possibilities are endless. I love when products are customizable.
They have the cutest front window display. It's a little candy village with houses and trees and community members who live there. They even have a river that goes through and around the whole thing. The river has a boat floating in it that holds a small mouse and chicken. It moves mechanically, going around and around in circles. Jimmy loved the boat and wanted to watch it non-stop. He left the store crying because he wasn’t done watching it and wanted to, "Stay longer!" I understand why he was upset...it was pretty magical.
If you’re in the area and interested in learning more, this store offers private candy making classes for an individual or small group. It would be a super fun way to spend an afternoon with family or friends, learning how to make these yummy sweets together.
So if you’re in Seville stop by Caramelos Artesanos and watch them in action. You won’t regret it. And, snag a few sweets to eat while you tour the city, a few more for friends and family back home, and a few more for me for telling you about this delicious shop.