Sweet Relief: Southern Candymakers Creates Wildlife Rescue Gift for Audubon Institute

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Southern Candymakers, an 18 year-old New Orleans confectionery business specializing in Southern pralines and other candies, has recently formed a partnership with the Audubon Institute whereby 10 percent of Southern Candymakers’ proceeds from the sale of the 2010/2011 Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue Gift package will be donated to the Institute’s Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program.

Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue Gift Package

“The man-made oil spill disaster has been cruel and punishing to coastal communities, the fragile wetlands and the wildlife that makes its home there,” said Tompkins. “This is our effort to make a difference through the medium we know best—candy!”

Perfect for holiday giving, the Wildlife Rescue Gift package is loaded with nearly two and a half pounds of Southern Candymakers favorites including Creamy Pralines, Assorted Tortues, Assorted Toffees, and Glazed Pecans. Three charming, hand-painted solid chocolate novelties – a Dolphin, a Sea Turtle and a Louisiana Pelican represent all of the Gulf of Mexico marine life in need of aid following the BP Oil Spill Disaster. The cost of the Wildlife Rescue Gift is $47.95.

Like all of the confections at Southern Candymakers, these candies are handmade in small batches with absolutely no preservatives, so quantities are very limited.

“The man-made oil spill disaster has been cruel and punishing to coastal communities, the fragile wetlands and the wildlife that makes its home there,” said Pete Tompkins, president and co-founder of Southern Candymakers. “This is our effort to make a difference through the medium we know best—candy!”

Founded in 1992 by Pete Tompkins and Chuck Williams, Southern Candymakers crafts all delicacies, including pralines, to order. Bon Appetite magazine named Southern Candymakers a “Not to Miss” destination when visiting New Orleans, saying we “Make the Best Pralines.” From the very beginning we have been showered with the high praises of our customers' ooh's and aah's followed by comments like "this is the best I have ever tasted," or "these are even better than my mama's!” The judges at the Atlanta Gourmet Show agreed and gave our Creamy Pralines the Best Candy Award.

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