Monday, January 8, 2018

Chuao Chocolatier - Salted Caramel Dreamin' bar - Jan. 8, 2018

Chocolate of the Day:

Chuao Chocolatier
Salted Caramel Dreamin' bar
Good - Good +
Weight: 1.4 oz. (40 g.) / 2.8 oz. (80 g.) in total bar
Calories: 210 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $1.99 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate and Caramel Theme Week.

Today's Salted Caramel Dreamin' bar from Chuao Chocolatier (Carlsbad, CA) was true to its name.

The milk chocolate bar was a blend of smooth, salty and crunchy— with bits of caramel toffee* and sea salt crystals commanding a good deal of the flavor and texture attention.

I would call this more of a toffee; however, sometimes the boundary between caramel and toffee is a thin one.* I've tasted caramels that ranged from soft and flowing to stiff enough to yank out fillings, and toffees that ranged from shards of crunchy brittles to chewy squares.

This bar was part of the company's California Collective series of milk and dark chocolate bars blended with California-inspired flavor inclusions.

*The caramel toffee bits contained cane sugar, butter (pasteurized cream, salt)

British toffees may be more likely to contain brown sugar or molasses, whereas American toffees are likely to be made with the more flavor-neutral white cane sugar, said to better highlight the buttery flavors. Caramelized sugar is enjoyable in many forms.

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