A little while ago, I received some samples of Helliemae’s Caramels to try out.
I love homemade caramels, though I’ve never tried making them myself. I’m not a candy-maker. Helliemae’s are handmade, small-batch caramels made in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, and they come in AMAZING flavors.
Of these, the Whiskey Love Bomb were my favorites (that really isn’t surprising, given how often I make whiskey-spiked salted caramel sauce). The bambino loved the Jasmine Caramels, and Jay liked all three.
As Mother’s Day is coming up, I’m working with the folks at Helliemae’s to bring you a fun giveaway. Food often evokes a LOT of memories, both good, bad, and bittersweet. I still remember the first batch of chocolate chip cookies I made–I know I’ve shared this story before, but it was during spring/Easter break when I was in 3rd grade. My sister and I had come down with chicken pox, and I suspect my mom was at her wit’s end, because we were basically quarantined. So she had us make some cookies. Somewhere she’s got pictures of my sister and I in old t-shirts of our dad’s, mixing bowls and wooden spoons in our hands, and scabs all over (we had pretty severe cases).
And I can still remember how bitter I was the night before I had the bambino. My mom had fixed fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and gravy while I killed time before going to the hospital. Thanks to labor, it came back up at one point, and (probably due to all the hormones) I was really sad that I lost the last meal my mom cooked for me before I became a mom myself.
I do have to thank my mom–I wouldn’t be as self-sufficient in the kitchen if it wasn’t for her (and my dad, but this is about Mother’s Day, so I’ll focus on that). She’d get home from work and be too tired to cook. It often fell to my sister and I to fend for ourselves, if we wanted to eat. So there was a lot of pre-made burgers, mac and cheese, French fries, easy stuff to prepare. Once I was living with my sister and later on my own, I cooked just for the sake of cooking–That, and to broaden my horizons from my mostly meat and potatoes childhood.
So what are your food memories of your mother? Do you have a favorite food the two of you share? Do you cook because of your mom? Share pictures on Instagram of your, your mom, or something related to your favorite food memory of her! Be sure and tag it with #helliemaes and #InMomsKitchen. Make sure to follow both @tramplingrose and @helliemaes!
DETAILS: The contest will run from 4/11/16 through 4/25/16. The winner will be chosen by myself. Entries must contain both hashtags, and must tag both @tramplingrose and @helliemaes, otherwise they will not count. The winner will receive a $50 set of Helliemae’s Caramels, including their limited-edition Mother’s Day Jasmine Caramels. Winner must be 18 years or older, and a resident of the United States or Washington D.C. The caramels will be shipped to the winner, or a recipient of the winner’s choosing.