Thursday, April 16, 2015

Kika's Treats - Salted P'nutty Caramels - April 16, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Kika's Treats
Salted P'nutty Caramels
Weight: 1.5 oz. (42 g.) in total box of 3 pieces
Calories: 225 calories (estimate) in 3 pieces
Cost: $4.99 for 1 box of 3 pieces
Purchased from: Piazza's Fine Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #9 of Chocolate and Brazil Theme Weeks.

Kika's Treats (San Francisco, CA) owner and chocolatier, Cristina Arantes, was born and raised in Brazil. I've had the pleasure of speaking with her, and talking about treats from Brazil (avocado pies, cheese bread, and other lovelies). A few years ago I ordered a batch of custom palm sugar caramels (made with local SF Bay salt) from her for an event. They were a big hit.

So I was looking forward to today's caramels; and I wasn't disappointed. These GMO and gluten-free, Salted P'nutty Caramels were -- exactly as advertised. Peanut-ty, slightly chewy, coconut palm sugar caramels covered with bittersweet, dark chocolate, with just the right touch of salt across the top. Great combination.

How were these caramels different from traditional caramels made in the U.S.?

Coconut palm sugar* caramels seem to have a richer flavor than caramels made with refined white sugar and corn syrup. And I get less of a sugar buzz after eating them -- not surprising given that coconut palm sugar has a lower glycemic index rating.

*Coconut palm sugar is made from coconut palm tree sap. It is golden in color (more similar to brown sugar), and is lower in fructose than cane sugar.

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