Caramels as Currency

I’ve always enjoyed the notion of bartering and the inherent belief that everyone has something that they do, make, etc. that is of value to someone else.  However, it seems like in my daily life, I’ve had less practice with engaging in bartering.  Maybe it’s because I live in a big city where if you want something, you most likely buy it rather than trade for it.  So, I jumped at the opportunity to participate in the LA Food Swap where a group of people across Los Angeles get together to barter foods that’s they’ve made, grown, or foraged.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, so I made four batches of caramels for the swap (apple cider caramels, root beer float caramels, maple syrup caramels, and salted honey caramels) and crossed my fingers that they would translate into high value for other people.  I left home with four pounds of homemade caramels  to swap and returned with a 19 pound bag full of jams, marmalades, kimchi, nut butter, BBQ rubs, muffins, avocados, lemons, kumquats, spiced nuts, and a cookbook.  I guess caramels are hard to resist.  I’ll be posting some of the recipes for the caramels I made for the food swap in a future blog post.  Now I’m wondering what else I can swap caramels for…

LA food swap haul

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