Sunday, June 12, 2011

ChocolateBet: June 12, 2011


Chocolate of the Day:
2 pieces
Nosh This
Bacon Salted Caramel(s)
Very Good - Very Good +
Weight: .9 oz. (25.47 g.) (estimate for 2 pieces)
Calories: 135 calories (estimate)
Cost: $14 - box of 8 caramels ($4 for 2)
Purchased from: Nosh This, in San Francisco, CA

Dark chocolate coated bacon caramels, topped with a very light sprinkle of grey sea salt. What's not to like? If you're a bacon fan, or fan of savory flavors, give these Nosh This Bacon Salted Caramels a try.

It's difficult to balance dark chocolate with bacon. While bacon has it's own strong smokey, salty taste and chewy crisp texture, dark chocolate can dominate/overwhelm other flavor notes. Many chocolate chefs have gone with a deep milk (52-60% cacao) with bacon for this reason. I liked that these caramels were not overpoweringly sweet and the dark chocolate seemed to work in this case. Nosh This Founder and Chef, Kai Kronfield, has used a short list of high-quality ingredients like real cream, butter and sugar (and no corn syrup) certainly, which resulted in a better taste experience for me as well.

Today was Day #2 of Chocolate and Bacon Theme Week.

1 comment:

Victoria (The District Chocoholic) said...

A big advantage of a deep milk chocolate for caramel couverture is that it is soft enough to meld with the caramel texture-wise, and, as you noted, makes a creation that isn't too sweet.

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