Gwen Fowler



S’mores and cocktail mixer makers win Garden & Gun awards

Posted 11/30/2013 7:39:00 AM

A company that sells make-your-own s’mores kits and one that bottles cocktail mixers are winners in Garden & Gun’s fourth annual Made in the South awards.

Haypenny Confections was a runner-up in the food category, and Bittermilk won in the drink category. Both are Charleston companies.

Danielle and Tanner Loveless started Haypenny in November 2012 after years of loving s’mores but thinking most didn’t measure up. They make their own marshmallows – in vanilla, toasted coconut, gingerbread, white chocolate peppermint, bourbon praline and pumpkin – and their own grahams, and they buy locally made chocolate. You can buy s’more samplers, s’more kits and marshmallows on their website.

Bittermilk is a new company started by Joe and MariElena Raya, owners of the Gin Joint in Charleston. While the Gin Joint is well known for the special drinks it serves, the Rayas knew it would be tough to recreate those at home. They’ve introduced three cocktail mixer compounds: bourbon barrel aged old fashioned; Tom Collins with elderberry and hops; and smoked honey whiskey sour.

Three other South Carolina companies were winners in other categories. For home, Moran Woodworked Furniture of Charleston won for its charred commode. The wood is burned for the unique finish and then covered with several coats of a clear finish.

In the outdoors category, Red Forgeworks of Timmonsville was the winner for its fillet knife, and Dangerfield Calls of Orangeburg was a runner up for its trumpet call.