Karen Mary’s signature caramel classics ($36/box of 12) are comprised of handmade vanilla marshmallows layered with caramel, coated in silky Belgian chocolate, and topped with a touch of sea salt.
For many of us, the soft, simple impression of a marshmallow evokes childhood memories of evenings spent toasting those fluffy pillows of saccharine goodness over an open fire. And what says “thank you,” or “thinking of you,” or—as a matter of fact—“Happy Mother’s Day” like a gift guaranteed to deliver nostalgia in the form of delicious, tasty treats?
In the summer of 2008, Ryan Eakes capitalized on the nostalgia of s’mores when he parlayed his love of the sweet marshmallow treat into a business named after his wife—Karen Mary Confectionery, which celebrates its fourth anniversary this month. Eakes first marketed his confections to a women’s flat track derby league, DC Rollergirls, where Karen Mary—a George Washington University graduate who was working as a government contractor—skated in her free time. Following a successful season of sales and increasing requests, Karen Mary Confectionery’s retail presence progressed beyond Roller Derby to appearances in local boutiques and an online shop.
The Eakeses—Karen Mary leading the company and Ryan moonlighting as marshmallow maker, while maintaining a full-time position at a commercial construction headhunting firm—took a hiatus from the confectionary biz this winter to welcome a delivery of a personal nature: the birth of their first child. This spring, they’re back in action, hoping to eventually open their own standing boutique in DC.
Meanwhile, the flavor catalogue continues to expand, including sampler packages that make for great gifting. This Mother’s Day, send mom on a decadent stroll back through time with classic vanilla or chocolate hazelnut—the best choice for a s’more lover. Or try toasted coconut, lemon, or beer flavors. The choice is yours, and the consequence is sweet. 202-588-1403