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Dec 9, 2006 12:12 PM

Best Salt Caramels.....

I've never tried them, but keep hearing so much about the salty sweet I'm looking for the best ones to order for the holidays (maybe chocolate covered, maybe not?). Can anyone suggest some resources for me?


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  1. stacylyn, I am going to try these--

    The reviews sound wonderful. Maybe someone has tasted these already, and can report?

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    1. re: blue room

      Little Flower sea salt caramels have a really buttery flavor that lasts a long time on your tongue. They're mildly salty, and good. I've also tried the Fran's caramels. They're a little "precious". If you feel like experimenting, make the chocolate salt caramels in the December issue of Gourmet (recipe available on the Epicurious web site). I've been wowing my friends with them.

      1. re: blue room

        They are indeed wonderful. I use salt very sparingly, so I found them to be more than mildy salty, but they have a good chewy texture, and good balance of sweet with the salty.

        1. re: blue room

          I loved them. I bought the salted, regular and lemon to taste test. Couldn't get enough of them, but the salted ones were definitely my favorite. I didn't realize how salty they were until tasting them next to the plain vanilla caramels. I LOVE that addition of salt!

        2. Thanks for that post -- I'll have to pick some of those up.

          For the chocolate-covered style, I love the fleur de sel caramels from Michael Recchiuti:

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          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Just tried the Recchiuti sea salt caramels (purchased from Ferry Building). They are better than the Little Flower Company (but more expensive). It's a bit less salty, and the thin veil of chocolate really makes it more interesting.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              I third (fourth? fifth?) the Rechiutti suggestion. Hands down the best salt caramels I've eaten. Of course, they taste better when you are sitting lazy at a bench, watching the ocean at the Ferry market. Rest of Rechiutti creations are also good.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                These are my favorites. YUM.

                Also, in Seattle, Frans does good caramels and chocolate covered caramels.

              2. This isn't going to be overly useful, since apparently these are only available from the manufacturer in France, but they are amazingly good. Recchiuti's are good, but these are divine:
                Caramel au Beurre Sale
                from LeRoux Chocolatier, Quiberon, France

                There is supposedly a retail store in Paris, but I've never been able to find it! If you can find them, try them!

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                1. re: waldrons

                  Agreed, the Leroux salted butter caramels are absolutely delicious. In Paris, L'Etoile D'or, 30 rue Fontaine, carries them. A little out of the way, it is worth the detour to stock up on the caramels as well as Bernachon chocolates.

                  For fleur de sel in a toffee - Valerie Confections' Almond Fleur de Sel toffee is scrumptious. (as are most of their toffees and their peanut candy.)

                2. There is a big range of flavors and salt intensity. I prefer the one that feature more salt and often are labeled "burnt" carmel as well. The Recchiuti mentioned above are very good when visiting SF but never very good off the shelf in LA. I also like the ones at Woodhouse in Nappa. I've got a big box on order as a christmas present to myself.

                    1. re: duckduck

                      Fran's are my favorite, and they have some other, higher-profile fans as well...