After Storck, the makers of Werther’s Original Caramels, shot a commercial in the Germany Pavilion at Epcot in which they made-over one of the storefronts to look like their original shop, they decided “why not make a real store here?” And so they did. Storck held the grand opening of Karamell-Kuche on Oct. 26, 2010. It’s their first and only freestanding retail location in the world.
Here’s a look at the grand opening and a tour of the shop:
Karamell-Kuche (Caramel Kitchen in German) allows visitors to taste Werther’s signature caramel fresh off the stove and paired with a wide range of treats such as popcorn, apples and strawberries. German caramel chefs create and serve these homemade confections right in front of you.
“The best part about the Karamell-Küche is that we get to share the story of Werther’s and how it all started in Germany, and came to the United States,” said Jannis Huntgeburth, Karamell-Küche caramel chef from Göttingen, Germany. “I love to connect with customers through our story, and even more, I enjoy creating delicious treats like my favorite, caramel-dipped strawberries, that are a customer favorite.”
The shop models itself after an old-world, German caramel kitchen, much like their first shop in Werther, Germany, which opened in 1903. Inside, customers will find a wide range of tasty treats – brownies, cookies, and fudge made fresh daily, as well as specialty and giftable merchandise that can only be found at the Karamell-Kuche at Epcot. In addition to the new shop, Werther’s Original Karamell Sauce is being served on a dessert at the Festival’s German kiosk.
If you aren’t able to make it to Epcot anytime soon, Storck invites you to prepare a special caramel treat in your own home. Below is a Werther’s recipe to help you to turn your kitchen into a Karamell-Kuche.
Werther’s Original Cinnamon Spice Caramel Apples
• 75 pieces (approx 16.5 ounces) Werther’s Original Chewy Caramels, unwrapped
• 6 apples
• 6 popsicle sticks
• 1 tablespoon butter
• 1 tablespoon milk
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Push popsicle sticks into tops of apples. Melt the caramel with the milk in a double boiler or over very low heat, stirring very, very often. Blend in the spices.
Dip and swirl apples in melted caramel mixture, turning to coat evenly. If caramel thickens while you work, then return to heat.
Place on waxed paper until caramel sets, or refrigerate 15 minutes for quicker results. Serves six.
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