Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Brown Butter Caramels - March 5, 2013

Chocolate of the Day: 

Fruition Chocolate
Brown Butter Bourbon Caramels
Very Good
Weight: .866 oz. (24.6 g.) in 3 pieces / 2.6 oz. (74 g.) total 9-piece tin
Calories: 129 calories (estimate) in 3 pieces
Cost: $25.00 (estimate)
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, Palo Alto, CA

Today's wonderfully complex, Brown Butter Bourbon Caramels were crafted by a small-batch, bean-to-bar "workshop" -- Fruition Chocolate (Shokan, NY).

I used the word "complex," and by that I mean: overlapping layers of slightly smoky, coffee bean and bourbon flavor notes, infused into a rich, brown butter, caramel.

The 66% chocolate couverture was decorated with black and white airbrushed cocoa butter dibbles and dabbles, and contained a wonderful, soft caramel center. The chocolate was thick enough to prevent caramel "leaks" but not so thick as to seem overly candlewax-like (the occasional result if chocolate "walls" are made too thick to contain a precious or gooey center).

Founder Bryan Graham and team start with organic, fair trade cacao beans, that are roasted and stone-ground and eventually made into well executed bars and confections, most often using 66% cacao Peruvian chocolate.

Today was Day #4 of Chocolate and Butter Theme Week. 

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