Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Theo Pink Salt Caramels - March 13, 2013

Chocolate of the Day:

Theo Chocolate
Pink Salted Vanilla Caramels
Good - Good +
Weight: .228 oz. (6.5 g.) / 1.83 oz. (52 g.) total package of 4 pieces
Calories: 26 calories for 1/2 piece
Cost: $8.95 for 1 package of 4
Purchased from: SweetE Organic, Mill Valley, CA

Today's dark chocolate covered lovelies from bean-to-bar maker, Theo Chocolate (Seattle, WA), were filled with vanilla-infused caramel. This caramel was, according to information on the Theo website, crafted in small batches, in copper pots, and hand-stirred. Each chocolate-covered, rectangular caramel was decorated with a diagonal stripe of pink sea salt crystals.

After a first bite, the very smooth vanilla caramel flowed ever so slowly out onto a plate. Just the right texture for a fresh caramel filling. If I'd waited too long to eat this, this caramel may have become tougher and chewier -- more dense, but probably not as fresh and flavorful.

Chocolate and vanilla: two classic, elemental flavors in the periodic table of sweets. These caramels were sparkled up with the right amount of pink sea salt.

Salt Crystals: Size Matters

Salt crystal size matters. Theses pink salt crystals were large enough to stay intact (smaller, finer crystals can melt into the chocolate creating overly homogeneous salty patches); and the crystals were small enough to provide interesting flavor bursts throughout the tasting experience without being too overpowering.

Today was the first Day of Chocolate and Vanilla Theme Week. 

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