McCrea's Candies

Hyde Park, MA Website

Local is sweeter: McCrea’s Candies crafts indulgence and delight

McCrea’s Candies is a women-owned business based in Hyde Park, MA. Below, the team shares some details on their business and the importance of supporting local.

Describe your business in 50 words or less.

We craft slow-cooked, handcrafted, award-winning caramels.

What makes your business unique?

McCrea’s Candies is well-known for making incredible caramels because it’s all we do. What started with a spoon and a kettle led to the creation of unique caramels bursting with flavor. From our flavorful, whole food ingredients and thoughtfully crafted recipes to our Made-in-the-USA packaging, we are committed to cutting no corners. We carefully curate every detail to surprise and delight from first moment to last bite. We take pride in preparing each batch the wholesome way—with honesty, integrity, and the fewest ingredients possible. Our passion is caramel, pure and simple. We live it. We love it. It’s all we do.

What does your business look like?

McCrea’s Candies offers its caramels online via our own website and through a network of over 1300 gift shops, gourmet food stores, and other retail outlets. Curbside pickup is available via our website.

Why is it important to support businesses like yours?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen the key role smaller and local entities have played in getting much needed supplies to house and home. To maintain a robust economy, now more than ever, we must shop small. Just opting to buy direct from a company’s website rather than through a third party can create a huge impact for a small business and its surrounding small business community

Take McCrea’s Candies as an example. Every customer who places an order, via our website, is supporting our small business. However, our customers are supporting more than that; they are also helping the large network of employees and vendors who make up our small business community. Income from your caramel purchase flows to the US companies we buy packaging from, the New England companies that supply our dairy ingredients and maple syrup, the local shop that supplies the spirits we use in our recipes, the artist who paints our Advent Calendar, the produce supplier that brings our fresh ingredients, and on and on.

Our customers create this chain of give and take that grows livelihoods for people.

Do you want to say anything to your customers or guests?

We make indulgent tempting treats that are filled with delightful, creamy goodness. Our caramels invite you to slow down, remember to pause, and savor the moment. They satisfy in an instant. As a thoughtful gift, McCrea’s Candies are unique and beautiful, with a lasting surprise-and-delight that shows someone how much you care. Whether you’re shopping for the holidays, a special occasion, or just want to say “thanks,’’ our uniquely thoughtful gifts of delightfully flavored caramels inspire giving and add more joy to any occasion

How has your business changed or adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Despite the difficulties that COVID-19 presented, we’ve overcame the challenges and thrived. The key to McCrea’s success? Staying true to our purpose: connecting family, friends, and loved ones through the gift of caramel.

Turning the page: Middlesex Bindery brings stories to life

Middlesex Bindery is a LGBTQ-owned business in Lowell, MA. Below, the owner shares some details on their business and the…

Read story

From the first page: Big Bear Used Books and Café bets on local readers

Located in Easthampton, Big Bear Used Books and Café is owned and operated by Dan, Veronica, and Chandler Frantz-Eggleston, a local…

Read story

How to save a life: 360 Training CPR trains community on life safety skills

360 Training CPR is a local business focused on educating communities on life safety skills. Below, the team shares some…

Read story