Cream City Caramels & Confections

Makers of Buttery-Delicious Sweet & Salty Handcrafted Caramels

For more than thirty years we've been making caramels for friends and family. Now they are available to everyone! We use the finest ingredients, sourced locally whenever possible, to handcraft our Sweet and Salty Caramels in a variety of flavors. You'll enjoy their melt-in-your-mouth buttery goodness and smooth creamy texture. Our caramels are soft and creamy, not hard and chewy. 

How Milwaukee Got the Nickname 'Cream City'

By Ann-Elise Henzl Sep 15, 2017

Wisconsin has a nickname. You've seen it on license plates: America's Dairyland. And in Milwaukee, you may have heard this moniker: Cream City.

It intrigues Bubbler Talk listener Anne Bromfield, who asked: "Why was Milwaukee once referred to as Cream City?" The answer might surprise you. It has nothing to do with the dairy industry.

"Milwaukee's known as the Cream City because of the yellow, cream-colored bricks that were first discovered and made here in the 19th century," says Historic Milwaukee tour and membership coordinator, Josh Ballew. "Those bricks were used for many of the buildings and businesses -- breweries, schools -- throughout the 19th century."

To take a look at some of the creamy-colored structures, I met Josh at the old Schlitz Brewery complex on the northern edge of downtown. He says it's one of many places to see Cream City brick. "This is just a good example, pretty much due to the size."

Josh says cream-colored bricks were first produced in Milwaukee in 1835, and quickly became popular because of their pleasing color.

Architect Vince Micha has a fondness for the bricks, and is surrounded by them daily. He's with The Kubala Washatko Architects in Cedarburg. Its offices are in an old power plant, built of Cream City brick. Vince says you can find Cream City brick in older buildings up and down the coast of Lake Michigan. That's where the clay to make the bricks came from.

"What we have here in southeastern Wisconsin is the glacial lake deposits that deposit these silts and clays, and we can see them along the lakeshore of Lake Michigan and a little further inland. And that became a ready source of raw materials for making brick," he says.

Vince says builders began to choose other types of bricks, from other regions, when trains and improved trucking gave them more options. There were downsides to using Cream City brick. It's softer than some varieties, making the bricks less sturdy. And because of their porous nature, the bricks easily absorb soot, which turns them black.

He points to an example on the exterior of the old power plant. "That rusty muffler down there -- that used to be the outlet from the turbines, from the diesel fumes, and that black penetrated into the brick. And we did some testing on it and we could only get so far with it, and we said, 'you know what, that's the history of the building. We're going to let that be.'"

Vince says these days, most people appreciate the historic building material and have learned how to care for it properly.

And decades after the bricks' heyday, the nickname Cream City is still going strong. A number of businesses use it.

"My name is Gregg Hutterer. The name of our company is Cream City Caramels & Confections." I met Greg at NEWaukee's downtown Night Market this week, where he was selling the treats. He says he chose the name Cream City to connect the products to Milwaukee, his home town. Besides, he adds -- even though it's associated with building materials, not food -- it just has a certain ring to it.

"We thought because there's a lot of cream used in our caramels, that people who weren't from Milwaukee who wouldn't necessarily recognize the Cream City name as being Milwaukee, would think of cows and cream in that way."

July 12th NEWaukee Night Market Canceled Due to Weather

Due to the severe weather forecast including rain and high heat and winds during vendor set up and again this evening, NEWaukee has decided to cancel the July Night Market. The size and scale of the event requires setup to begin early in afternoon and they are fearful of predictions of thunder and lightening as well as for the safety of staff, vendors and attendees. 

All of us associated with the Night Market apologize for the inconvenience this causes anyone traveling from near and far to attend and participate.

Regarding Shipping Charges...

Please note that our website often calculates shipping at a price higher than the actual shipping cost once we have your order packed. We are aware of the problem, and are trying to get it corrected.  Rest assured that, if you are over-charged for shipping, we will always refund any over-charge back to you.

Wondering Where to Satisfy Your Caramel Craving this Month?

 

You've probably already noticed that Cream City Caramels is appearing at more and varied locations this summer.  We've done that purposely, to expose more people to our buttery-delicious caramels!  But we've also done that to make it easier for you to get your sticky hands on our addictive treats!

In addition to the markets and shows where you can buy our products directly from us, there is a small group of local retailers that carry our 4 ounce caramel packages on a regular basis; so when you're looking for something to satisfy your particular caramel craving, and you can't make it to a market that we're at, you can just head to one of our retailers to stock up!

Wondering who/where those retailers are?  Well, you can always go to our website (CreamCityCaramels.com) and click on the "Find Us" tab, to find the most current list of retailers, markets and shows.

For your convenience, here's a list of retailers who currently carry our caramels:

  • 600 East Café
    600 E Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI    (414) 224-6594

    600 East Café carries a limited selection of our 4 oz caramel packages... usually always Salted Vanilla, and often a couple other flavors.  It might be a good idea call to find out if our caramels are in stock, and what flavors are available.

  • Century Farmhouse
    136 S Main Street, West Bend, WI(262) 334-2321

    Century Farmhouse carries a limited selection of our 4 oz caramel packages... usually always Salted Vanilla, and often a couple other flavors.  It might be a good idea call to find out if our caramels are in stock, and what flavors are available.

  • Mod Gen
    211 N. Broadway - Milwaukee, WI 53202  (414) 963-1657
    Mod Gen, a "modern general store" carries a limited selection of our 4 oz caramel packages. If you're looking for a specific flavor, it might be a good idea call to find out what flavors are in stock.

  • On Lake Time
    211 W State Street, Fox Lake, WI(920) 520-0202
    On Lake time is a brand new business in Fox Lake!  They carry a small selection of our 4 oz caramel packages.  If you're looking for a particular flavor, call first; otherwise just stop by!

 


For those who want to buy your caramels directly from us, here's where you can find Cream City Caramels During the Month of July:
 

Saturday, July 2nd
Brookfield Farmers' Market

Now in it's 26th year, the Brookfield Farmers' Market has become a place where you can purchase fresh Wisconsin products, and also a Saturday morning meeting place!  More than 50 vendors are represented. 
Cream City Caramels is at the Brookfield Farmers' Market two Saturdays of each month.

Maker Market at the Tosa Farmers' Market
Tosa Farmers Market, a project of the Fire Fly Foundation, Ltd., is a volunteer-run open air market that brings locally-grown fruits and vegetables and foods crafted by Wisconsin artisans directly to the people of Wauwatosa and surrounding communities. TFM embraces a “buy local” ethos that fosters a greener, more sustainable city, bringing the community together in the process. In addition to organizing a weekly farmers market in the city of Wauwatosa, the TFM promotes environmental stewardship among Wauwatosans, providing opportunities to area citizens to learn more about health, nutrition, and sustainability.

Sunday, July 3rd
Greenfield Farmers' Market

Now with more than 50 vendors, including a variety of local produce, foods and products, the Greenfield Farmers' Market takes place at Konkel Park on Sundays from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  Free Parking and admission.  5151 W Layton Avenue, Greenfield, WI

Cream City Caramels is at the Greenfield Farmers' Market on the first Sunday of each month.

Wednesday, July 6th
Elm Grove Village Market Night
This neighborhood event takes place on Wednesday nights from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM and features fresh produce as well as arts & crafts vendors.  It takes place on Elm Grove Street, behind Rays Auto Body Shop. 
Cream City Caramels will be at Elm Grove Market Night once each month, on the first or second Wednesday of the month.


Wednesday, July 13th
NEWaukee Night Market

NEWaukee's Night Market is a collision of all that Milwaukee has to offer.  The Night Market is a free, open-air market that offers a wide variety of experiences for people of all backgrounds and ages. The Night Market features a mash up of art, craft and food vendors, live art creation, local music and a beer garden, with a goal to create a free, vibrant, safe and interactive place in downtown Milwaukee for people to experience culture at night.  By visiting the Night Market you not only contribute to the local economy, but you are part of the solution to a revitalization of West Wisconsin Avenue.
Cream City Caramels will be at the Night Market during the months of July and August.

Saturday, July 23rd
Brookfield Farmers' Market

Now in it's 26th year, the Brookfield Farmers' Market has become a place where you can purchase fresh Wisconsin products, and also a Saturday morning meeting place!  More than 50 vendors are represented. 
Cream City Caramels is at the Brookfield Farmers' Market two Saturdays of each month.

Garden District Farmers' Market
Located directly across from the beautiful Art Deco Town of Lake Water Tower at 6th and Howard, the Garden District Farmers’ Market is an all-volunteer-organized-and-run farmers’ market on Milwaukee’s south side. The market aims to bring our community closer to the farmers of Wisconsin who produce a wonderful variety of high-quality food during the summer. Though we are not just limited to farmers; we also welcome producers who create unique products locally.  The market is held on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM, just off of Interstate 94/43 at 6th Street and Howard Ave.
Cream City Caramels will be at the Garden District Farmers' Market one Saturday each month.

Sunday, July 24th
Enderis Park Farmers' Market

The Enderis Park Farmers' Market is an open-air market situated at Enderis Park in Milwaukee, a vibrant, historic neighborhood on Milwaukee's west side.  The mission of the Enderis Park Farmers' Market is to provide residents in the park's surrounding neighborhoods with access to locally-grown fruits and vegetables, while offering a point of connection between neighbors and their local growers and food producers.  The Farmers' Market is held on Sundays from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at Enderis Playfield, between Chambers and Locust Streets, and 70th and 72nd Streets.
Cream City Caramels will be at the Enderis Park Farmers' Market one Sunday each month.


 

Please note that the dates, times, and locations above are subject to change,  For the most complete and up-to-date schedule information, visit CreamCityCaramels.com.

Cream City Caramels is "Spotlight Vendor" at November Maker Market

We're honored to be in the "Vendor Spotlight" this month on our local Maker Market blog!

Check out Maker Market's interview with us; and then, come and check us out, along with about 50 other local makers and artists at the next Maker Market on Saturday, November 14th at Discovery World, along Milwaukee's lakefront!

Timing is perfect for stocking up on holiday gifts and hostess gifts, as well as things for yourself!

Old-Fashioned German Hard Candies Now Available from Cream City Caramels & Confections!

Cream City Caramels now imports a selection of premium quality Old-Fashioned German Hard Candy directly from Germany!

Our Old Fashioned German Candy is produced in small batches by a family-owned German candy maker, in shapes and flavors reminiscent of the kind grandma and grandpa used to give you!

Our German Hard Candies contain only natural, gluten free and dairy free ingredients derived from plants.  No animal products are used, and no GMOs… and they’re really good!

 

Join Cream City Caramels at Milwaukee's Night Market, Wednesday, August 19th!

Where else can you buy Milwaukee-made art, food, clothing, produce all in the same place? The NEWaukee Night Market has you covered!

Explore the 80+ vendors that fill West Wisconsin Avenue one Wednesday every month from June - September. The next Night Market is this Wednesday, August 19th from 5-10pm.

Cream City Caramels will be there with our Buttery-Delicious Caramels, as well as out soon-to-be-famous Caramel Corn, Cheese Corn, Spicy Cheese Corn, and Chicago Mix!

There are only two Night Markets left! Don't miss it!

For more Information, click here.

Join Cream City Caramels at Milwaukee's Night Market

June Night Market takes place Wednesday, June 17th, 5:00 to 10:00 PM!

NEWaukee’s night market is a collision of all Milwaukee has to offer. The Night Market is a free open-air market that offers a wide variety of experiences for people of all backgrounds and ages. The Night Market features a mash up of art and craft vendors, technology installations, food trucks/carts, live art creation, performances, local music and a beer garden that will support local art organizations. The goal is to create a free, vibrant, safe and interactive place in downtown Milwaukee for people to experience culture at night. By visiting the night market you not only contribute to the local economy, but you are part of the solution to a revitalization of West Wisconsin Ave.

Cream City Caramels will be at the Night Market selling our buttery-delicious sweet & salty caramels.  Our tent will be located on the south side of Wisconsin Avenue, near 2nd Street.  Stop by and try a sample!  Also, new this month is Cream City Popcorn!  Come and try our extra-cheesy Cheddar Cheese Corn, our buttery Caramel Corn, or, for sweet and salty lovers, our Chicago Mix, a 50/50 blend of Cheddar Cheese Corn & Caramel Corn. Yum.

For more information about the NEWaukee Night Market, click here