• Gifts We Love

    Gifts We Love

    Valentine’s day, Galentine’s Day and every holiday are best enjoyed with those we admire and want to get to know better. Nothing says, “You mean a lot to me,” like a personalized gift. This holiday, Le Caramel and Pleasant Surprises are teaming up to offer you a curated collection of gift boxes meant to inspire and enjoy. Shop one or shop them all. For...
  • Get Your Game On!

    Get Your Game On!

    It’s that time of year when we all get excited about food, football and commercials! Super Bowl LVII is right around the corner and both Le Caramel Pleasant Surprises have some great ideas to get your party started!  The Super Bowl Party Snack Pack is the ultimate gift for friends hosting your favorite sporting event. Our favorite line-up of savory snacks and artisan goodies...
  • Ten Ways to Enjoy Sea Salt Caramels!

    Ten Ways to Enjoy Sea Salt Caramels!

    There are many ways to enjoy the sea salt caramel candies and creams from Le Caramel. Find out some of our favorite ways to enjoy these authentically French treats!
  • We're Growing!

    We're Growing!

    Join us in welcoming Pleasant Surprises to our team!
  • Ladybugs are Lucky in France

    Ladybugs are Lucky in France

    Leprechauns aren’t the only lucky creatures around. Did you know that ladybugs, or la coccinelle, are also a symbol of luck in France? Below is a well-known French poem, composed by the famous Victor Hugo, about ladybug luck and the follies of mankind. La Coccinelle (1830)  Elle me dit : Quelque chose Me tourmente. Et j’aperçus Son cou de neige, et, dessus, Un petit insecte...
  • Love, defined.

    Love, defined.

    love  noun \ ˈləv  \ Definition of love 1a(1): strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties maternal love for a child (2): attraction based on sexual desire : affection and tenderness felt by lovers After all these years, they are still very much in love. (3): affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests love for his old schoolmates b: an assurance of affection give her my love 2: warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion love of the sea 3a: the object of attachment, devotion,...
  • Holiday Open House—Le Caramel and The Basket Corner

    Holiday Open House—Le Caramel and The Basket Corner

    It’s the time of year for family, friends and fun and Le Caramel and The Basket Corner want to help you celebrate. On Monday, November 11, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Le Caramel and The Basket Corner will be hosting their annual Holiday Open House at their factory boutique, located at 1181 Pioneer Way, El Cajon, CA 92020. The day will be...
  • Holidays are for Lovers…

    Holidays are for Lovers…

    … of Le Caramel’s Lover’s Basket, that is! It’s the time of year for pumpkin picking and apple pie making and Le Caramel Lover’s Basket from The Basket Corner has all of your upcoming holiday needs covered. Not only can you share this beautiful basket with family and friends as a heart-warming gift, you can also use the contents inside to make caramel apples,...
  • Jokes & Halloween Gift Baskets

    Jokes & Halloween Gift Baskets

    Halloween Jokes that are Terribly Sweet 1. What fruit does Count Dracula love to eat?   A: A neck-tarine!   2. How do French skeletons say hello?   A: Bone-jour!   3. What is a ghost-monkey’s favorite food?   A: Boo-nanas!   4. What is a Bostonian’s favorite sweet?   A: A candy-baaah   5. Where do ghosts go to buy their favorite candies?...
  • Fun for Family and Friends

    Fun for Family and Friends

    Did you know Le Caramel offers free factory tours for parties of 10 or more? It is a really sweet way to spend an hour of your day.   The factory tour is hosted by Le Caramel’s upbeat and amazing co-owner Christen Kugener. (If you have not had the pleasure of meeting her, you should stop by the shop—located at 1181 Pioneer Way, El...
  • ’Tis the Corporate Season

    ’Tis the Corporate Season

    Check customer appreciation off your list early this year! Shop the 2019 Holiday Catalog from The Basket Corner and Le Caramel.
  • Fall Bridal Bazaar—The Basket Corner: Booth #613

    Fall Bridal Bazaar—The Basket Corner: Booth #613

    Come join The Basket Corner at booth #613 for this year’s Fall Bridal Bazaar, featuring many Le Caramel products. The event takes place on Sunday, September 15 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center (Hall H) located at 111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.
  • NPM + 4 – Millionaires Shortbread (a poem)

    NPM + 4 – Millionaires Shortbread (a poem)

    Sandwiched together hot off the confectioners table oblong biscuits of loveliness rippled with caramel and chocolate taken usually with a nice cup of tea crafted by an artisan and served up as part of an afternoon lunch keeping watch, children with a sweet tooth expecting a piece of this dessert after the sandwiches -Brian F Kirkham source: allpoetry.com              #sandiego #shoplocal #shopsmall #shopsmallbusiness...
  • Take Our French Quiz

    Take Our French Quiz

    Back-to-school is right around the corner. Here’s a little test to see how well you remember French. Directions: Match a numbered word in the French column with a lettered word in the English column (Don’t peek! The answers are below.)  FRENCH ENGLISH 1 bonbon a pastry 2 caramel b sugar 3 sucre c candied 4 pâtisserie d helpful 5 boulangerie e candy 6 confit...
  • Show Someone You Care-amel

    Show Someone You Care-amel

    Everyone has a moment, an hour or a week where a pick-me-up would be appreciated. It is so easy to send a smile to someone with a little help from Le Caramel. Our boxed caramels (in sea salt and chocolate flavors) can be conveniently shipped around the U.S. Add some extra flair with a gift box from The Basket Corner. Each unique box is...
  • National Ice-Cream Sundae Day

    National Ice-Cream Sundae Day

    National Ice-Cream Sundae Day is technically July 20th, but we choose to celebrate all summer!    
  • The Basket Corner—Summer Corporate Design Consultations

    The Basket Corner—Summer Corporate Design Consultations

    It is never too early to start thinking about the holidays, especially when it comes to planning a corporate event. Here are a couple of tips to help you successfully plan (and pull off) your next holiday event.
  • Have a Happy Fourth of July!

    Have a Happy Fourth of July!

    Enjoy a safe and happy holiday from Le Caramel! Please note: Le Caramel will be closed in observance of the July 4th holiday. All orders placed online will be addressed on July 5th.
  • History of the U.S.S. Midway

    History of the U.S.S. Midway

    The U.S.S. Midway is an historic landmark museum located on San Diego’s waterfront. It protected American and overseas allies longer than any other air craft carrier in the 20th century. Named after the 1942 Battle of the Midway during WWII, it was built and commissioned in under a year and a half and supported an armored flight deck with an air group capacity of...
  • Custom Labels - Available for Your Cause

    Custom Labels - Available for Your Cause

    Le Caramel can custom label any order to match your color preferences, logo and event. Call today for a free consultation on how you can personalize and customize favors for your next event (619.562.0713). With favors beginning at only $5.00, we can all agree this is one pretty sweet deal.
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