For many years, Robin Béquet made caramel for her friends and family as a connoisseur of fine confections. Despite high praise for the caramel, it remained just a hobby… until the telecom crash of 2001 when her 25 year career in technology ended unexpectedly. She then wondered if this hobby might become a livelihood.
Robin was only interested in basing a business on her treats if she could create the most delicious caramel available. She conducted blind taste tests with her recipe against other artisan caramels and found that 17 out of 18 adults preferred Béquet® Caramel. In December of 2001, Robin launched Béquet Confections. She drove to local gourmet markets to introduce the caramels.
Growing sales encouraged Robin to invest further. A second job and another mortgage on her family’s home enabled a professional photoshoot, product brochure, and the opportunity to attend the Fancy Food Show in New York where 25,000 potential buyers viewed her booth. “People would take a sample, walk a few steps, bite into the caramel, then come right back.” Even the judges singled out Béquet Caramel with their “Aisle-by-Aisle” award, placing it among the 17 best products of the show.
Since then, Béquet Caramel has won 6 additional national awards. Today, more than 1,000 gourmet stores across the nation carry many varieties of Béquet Caramel. Plans to expand the current 11,000 square foot factory to 20,000 square feet and increase packaging options are under way. Still, each batch of caramel is made under the watchful eye of a master confectioner using only pure ingredients, hand-inspected, and delivering the most exquisite flavor.