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