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Salted Caramels

20p Caramels

At long last, we're released the Hedonist Salted Caramel!

Many customers have been waiting with baited breath for this day to arrive. With the increasing popularity of sweet/savory flavor combinations and the great work of Fran Bigelow (of Fran's Chocolates), caramels have become a staple for artisan chocolatiers. This spring, you can find our first caramel online and at the shop.

It has always been our intention to create a caramel, but the timing or situation was never quite right. The caramel-making process creates a lot of humidity as the sugar/syrup mixture is slowly reduced. Humidity and moisture are the enemies of chocolate (they may cause it to bloom and spoil more quickly). We precisely control the humidity in our small kitchen and we were worried that making caramel would compromise the integrity of our chocolates. However, with some experimentation, improved ventilation and a good dehumidifier, we were able to make it happen.

CaramelsIn creating the Hedonist caramel, we decided to use brown rice syrup instead of corn syrup because it has a richer flavor. Other ingredients include vanilla bean, sugar, local cream and salt. We cook the mixture to just the right temperature to create a firmly textured caramel. After the caramel cools we cut it into squares and enrobe it in our signature dark chocolate (72% cacao). Before the chocolate hardens, we sprinkle it with our favorite sea salt. The coarse grains stay crisp even when they encounter warm melted chocolate. At first we were just doing a light dusting of salt, but customers in the shop kept asking for the ones with more salt so we've added more.

These caramels are delicious if we do say so ourselves. I have a very hard time not thinking about their buttery, salty goodness every time I come into the shop. Our customers have nothing but good things to say and we've been selling them as fast as we can make them. Get some today and let us know what you think!

Pleasure, handcrafted. Hedonist Artisan Chocolates are handmade with fresh ingredients to give as gifts or indulge yourself.
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