The original caramel started it all and is derived from Jane Drake Cummings’ four-generation-old family recipe. Jane, who has been married to my father for over 30 years, first shared her family secret with me when I was 12…let’s just say that I have been making these caramels for a LONG time!
Mouth Party, LLC. started on a whim in 2007. About eight years ago, Jane became ill with Lymphoma for a second time. This development sparked a conversation about possibly selling her delectable caramels with the hope that a percentage of the profits could go directly to the fight against cancer.
The first retail outlet to carry our caramels was the Johns Hopkins Hospital gift shop and Juice and Java coffee bar. My father, Dr. Charles Cummings, has worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital as a head and neck surgeon specializing in oncology for over 20 years. Jane received treatment for her Lymphoma at Johns Hopkins and is committed to and very involved with the Johns Hopkins Hospital Women’s Board. It was the perfect place to begin.
The very first caramel batches were cooked in my home. It didn’t take long to see that this arrangement would not work with kids and dog underfoot. We found a commercial kitchen space to rent through my daughter’s school and we were there for nearly three years. In September of 2010, Mouth Party moved into our very own commercial kitchen facility that also served as a small retail outlet. In two years time we had outgrown the space, and in March of 2013 we relocated to Meadow Mill in the Hampden neighborhood, just north of downtown Baltimore.
We have expanded our product line to include five standard flavors and a variety of additional flavors that rotate seasonally throughout the year. We also have a product line of scrumptious caramel sauces. Our products can be found online and in over 120 local and national retail locations; gourmet and specialty food stores, retail boutiques, cafes and coffee shops, hotels, home and garden stores, and wine shops.
I am constantly amazed by the enthusiasm and support for our products from the community and other local businesses. I feel fortunate that we have been so well received by the public. We continue to cook in small batches with love and are committed to providing the highest quality products and best customer service we possibly can.
Mouth Party is founded on the commitment to help advance cancer research ‘one sweet bite at a time’. It is Jane’s fight and that of my remarkable sister Lee Rhodes, a 3-time lung cancer survivor, which has fueled our desire to donate a percentage of our company net profits to cancer research and efforts that heighten public awareness of cancer associated problems.
Mouth Party is dedicated to giving back to our local, national, and global community and we strive to live up to the expectations we have set for ourselves. From the heart, we thank you for your support.
Now go ahead…bite into a caramel and feel GREAT about it!