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Sea salt caramel chocolates anyone?

blindbunny Feb 10, 2009 12:19 PM

Ever since JS bonbons closed, I have suffered fruitless searching for a replacement to the sea salt caramel chocolate. Any idea where I can find one? And while we're on topic, can anyone suggest any lesser known choclatiers? I usually go to Stubbe or Soma, but I want something new!


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    Helen Feb 10, 2009 12:29 PM

    I don't know if you mean the ones that Loblaws has on sale - salt chocolates, half price. They're left over from Xmas stock - nobody seemed to like them :):)

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      blindbunny Feb 10, 2009 12:31 PM

      No, this was a truffle from JS bonbons -- a dark chocolate with a liquid sea-salt caramel inside. Truly divine!

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        julesrules Feb 11, 2009 06:22 AM

        They were a hit with my family and friends. Not Soma obviously (I prefer their version to JS Bonbons), but not bad for the price. I will look for the sale.

      2. TorontoJo Feb 10, 2009 12:36 PM

        The fleur de sel caramels from Soma are delicious. But the salt hit comes from fleur de sel sprinkled on the top, rather than from the caramel being salty.

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          TorontoJo Feb 10, 2009 12:49 PM

          Doh, sorry, I didn't see that you already frequent Soma. And Snarf is right, I remember having sea salt truffles from Xococava. The center was very liquid, so I had to just pop the whole thing in my mouth or risk losing the caramel.

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          Snarf Feb 10, 2009 12:38 PM

          I think Xococava does something like that.

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            blindbunny Feb 10, 2009 12:57 PM

            thanks! That makes sense since I believe the chef at xococava worked with the exec chef at JS bonbons. I just haven't made my way there yet to check it out. Now I have extra incentive! Cheers!

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              sway Feb 10, 2009 08:29 PM

              They have them at Delight on Dundas West, west of Keele. Handmade, organic and fair trade. Although, truth be told, in several taste tests, their plain caramel came out on top as their top flavour, beating the caramel and sea salt, earl grey, fig and balsamic, etc. They have a new one for Valentines, chili and cinammon that is very good as well.

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                estufarian Feb 11, 2009 05:34 AM

                I organized a taste test last Valentine's day. One of their caramels was in the top 3 - the other was in the bottom 3. Inconsistent!
                When I returned for the 'final' re-taste-off, the better one was not available that day.

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                  albanis Feb 11, 2009 05:44 AM

                  I just had some amazing vegan truffles last night, totally comparable to anything by the usual suspects.

                  Xococava does have something similar as well.

                  The vegan ones were called Boardwalk and from Panacea on Bloor St, also completely organic and made from fair trade ingredients which was nice.

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            singe Feb 11, 2009 06:56 AM

            Ambiance Chocolat on Queen Street East, just east of Broadview has great sea salt caramels. Everything is tres yummy. They have a website: www.ambiancechocolat.ca

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              estufarian Feb 12, 2009 12:25 PM

              Just a note that these are the 'runny' caramels - not the 'chewy' ones.
              The OP didn't specify which kind.

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                Full tummy Feb 12, 2009 12:28 PM

                Yes, and to clarify, the ones at Frangipane are runny.

            2. Full tummy Feb 12, 2009 12:53 AM

              I really like the ones at Frangipane. The owner there worked at JS Bonbons before opening up. As I recall, Frangipane's aren't as salty as JS's, but I preferred them.

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