The thirties were the heydays of caramels in Sweden. Children and adults alike went wild for these golden delights! Over time, however, homemade caramels became a rare sight, a treasure to hunt for at Christmas. A real shame, we thought. So we decided to bring back this delicacy.
In the days leading up to Christmas 2010, we opened up our very first store – selling classic caramels. Ingredients were melted in copper pots, sweets carefully cut by hand and presented in beautiful designs, the dark-green and mahogany hues of the past. One year later we moved: we had fallen in love with a charming little shop on the island of Södermalm. Large windows let passers-by see straight into our kitchen and watch us work. Mouth-watering scents invited shoppers in for caramels and coffee, jazz playing in the background. As our sweets flew off the shelves, however, we struggled to package everything fast enough. So one day, we rolled up our sleeves and hauled in a mechanical wrapping machine. Unfortunately, that grumpy old-timer had a mind of its own, causing quite a few caramel crises. He graciously retired to make room for Madame Rose. This cherry-red beauty from the 50s now wraps all our sweets, although she will go on strike when she feels we haven’t given her enough compliments!
Today, caramels are more in vogue than ever. Most of our production and creative magic now takes place in a small factory in an old, red-brick building in the north of Stockholm. But our shop on Nytorgsgatan remains our beating heart. Drop by and say hi – we can’t wait to share our golden caramels with you. Welcome to Pärlans!