Food & dining

Handmade candy from Vermont made with the best of everything

Red Kite Candy is made in Vermont from organic milk and hormone-free butter.

Jon Gilbert Fox

Red Kite Candy is made in Vermont from organic milk and hormone-free butter.


Ask Elaine McCabe to name a favorite among her Red Kite Candy confections (from $7 for 4 ounces) and she’ll tell you, “That’s like asking a mother who her favorite child is.” And like any good mother, McCabe wants her babies — soft, buttery caramels, nut-studded nougat, chocolate-rich toffee — to have the best of everything: organic milk and cream, hormone-free European-cultured butter from a Vermont creamery, unpasteurized nuts. McCabe, who lives in Thetford, Vt., started the company (its name honors a deceased brother who used to buy her 29-cent kites) in 2009 after a battle with breast cancer left her determined to make a business of her longtime hobby, and to make it something to be proud of. “If you’re going to indulge,” she says, “it needs to be something that’s really worthwhile.” Available at City Feed and Supply, 672 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-1700, Henry’s Market, 588 Cabot St., Beverly, 978-922-3885, and some Whole Foods Markets, or go to LUCIA HUNTINGTON

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