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May 29, 2008 12:32 AM

Chocolate and Salt

Ok, I just bought 2 bars of chocolate w/ sea salt. One is a dark bar produced by Cost Plus, and the other is a bar with hickory smoked almonds and sea salt by Vosges.

Now I've done the salt/sweet combo (e.g. salt on watermelon), and heck chocolate-covered pretzels, so I'm surprised at how surprised I was by this combo, but omg. Maybe the novelty will wear down once the law of diminishing marginal returns kicks in, but in the meantime, this is like crack. I can't believe I haven't tried this sea salt/chocolate combo before. I bite into rich chocolate (both milk and dark), and the crunch of the salt combined with the smooth milky chocolate makes it taste almost carmelized-- but then you get a "surprise" dose of salty.

Wow. It's way past my bedtime and I am gushing about this. . .

But where else am I going to find people who will relate to (or at least appreciate) my food "epiphany" even if it's a mundane one? :)

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  1. I tried a Vosges goji bar the other week. So freaking good. Must hit their store in Vegas to stockpile that stuff. Or just go to my friend's place (Mustard Cafe) and pick one up to stimulate his economy.

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    1. re: brekkie_fan

      Agree on the goji bar with salt. Love it.

    2. Our mail-ordered package of Vosgee chocolate bars arrived last week, and we too were blown away by the wonderful blending of diverse flavors. My wife's favorite is the sea salt & chocolate, and I'm loving the chocolate & bacon most. In any event, we are savoring them all with just the smallest of bites to make them last as long as possible before incurring another shipping/customs expense. I wish we could buy them here. Maybe it's a good thing we can't. I think we'd be addicts with a too-readily available fix!

      1. I've had salty ingredients with chocolate before (nuts, pretzels, bacon, etc.) but when I was given a chocolate-sea salt cupcake at a party two weekend ago it was a complete revelation. It hits your palate in so many places and heightens the flavor. Definitely a surprising flavor combination to me and one that I love.

        1. If you haven't already tried it, you have to try caramel with salt as well. And even better: caramel chocolate and salt.

          If you are interested in this combo, I strongly suggest you make a batch of Matzoh crunch with fleur de sel. Very easy. very addictive, and really showcases these three ingredients. There is a thread for the recipe on Home cooking Board. I use Callebaut Chocolate chips, butter, and I go heavy with the fleur de sel on top. Yumm!

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          1. re: moh

            It's the Snickers bar principle: chocolate plus salt of the peanuts plus caramel.
            The play of salt against the sugar makes the flavor(s) more complex.

            1. re: maria lorraine

              Great article about just this thing today in the New York Times:

              Perfection? Hint: It’s Warm and Has a Secret
              Quest for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie


              1. re: maria lorraine

                maria lorraine, thanks for the link! The tip about resting the dough is great, I will have to try that soon.

          2. Try Dorie Greenspan's World Peace Cookies -- the dark chocolate + salt combo is well-loved on the Home Cooking board.