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Mar 4, 2010 05:07 AM

ISO: Salted Caramels in toronto

I'm dying for some salted caramels...the harmonious blend of complex flavors - rich smooth chocolate, soft buttery caramel and the unexpected boldness of the salt. Fran's Salted Caramels in Seattle were outstanding! unfortunately stupid me didn't buy enough boxes to take home, and they don't ship to Canada.

is there any place in toronto that offers a similar product?

fyi: Fran's Salted Caramels are the fave treats of the Obamas, and i can see why!

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  1. I've been wondering about this, too. I picked up a little (very expensive!) box of Fran's chocolate covered salted caramels at Whole Foods in Santa Fe a few weeks ago. They are truly amazing!

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    1. re: Tatai

      My wife and I LOVE salted caramels. The best we've had were purchased from Jean Talon market in Montreal. They were expensive but amazing falvour. They didn't have the crunchy salt on the outside; the salt was mixed throughout. I beleive they were imported from France and made with fleur de sel. I googled and found the following but I'm not sure if this was the brand.

      Any high-end chocolate shop has caramels with salt, usually chocolate covered. Recently, we've had them from the following:

      Soma (fleur de sel caramel covered in chocolate


      Stubbe (from website - Caramel & Sea Salt - chewy caramel with sprinkles of coarse Fleur de Sel, covered in dark chocolate

      Odile Chocolat - a new place on Dundas, a couple blocks west of bathurst on the south side - really good fleur de sel caramels covered in chocolate.

      They are all VERY expensive but worth it for a treat once in a while. If I bring some home for my wife, I am pretty much guaranteed a very pleasant evening ;-)

      1. re: acd123

        you sound like a great husband acd123! out of the places you have listed Odile chocolat is the closest to my place. i'm going to try to make it down there this week, and hopefully Montreal before summer ends (just for the SC). thank you!

    2. They have a salted caramel chocolate at Xococava at Yonge and St. Clair. Pretty tasty!

      1. Willams-Sonoma sells some French Flur De Sel caramels that are pretty good, you'll just have a seizure when you see the price.

        1. Sen5es has a really nice salted caramel chocolate (and truffle). but not just plain caramel...!

          1. The best (IMHO) are the fleur de sel caramels at Soma. The quality of the both the chocolate and the amazing caramel are amazing.

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            1. re: TorontoJo

              For Valentine's day we did a tasting of every salted caramel I could find in Toronto.
              The clear winner was Soma.

              1. re: estufarian

                wow! that sounds like my kind of valentines day! which places did you end up trying? what price points were you seeing?

                1. re: chalenegirl

                  I basically toured my 'regular' chocolate route:
                  Queen St East (includes Distillery); Bayview/Mt Pleasant south of Eglinton, Dupont/Dundas West and Yonge & St Clair - about 8-10 places total. I deliberately ignored Yonge/Bloor (another half dozen) as most of these are commercial outlets of (mostly) foreign chocolatiers and the stock can be suspect (and usually not worth the cost - these had been ruled out in previous years tastings).
                  Prices averaged around $1.50 to $2.00 per piece but were as high as $4 at the new French chocolatier on St Clair just West of Yonge (Dahso) - which incidentally came in bottom place! Soma was average cost. Mt Pleasant was the cheapest for a 'quality' product - but let's face it, we weren't interested in 2nd place anyway.

                  1. re: estufarian

                    sounds great. thanks so much. Distillary is fairly close to me too. can't wait.

                    1. re: estufarian

                      Just an update: i had the salted caramel at Ambiance Chocolate (753-A Queen Street East) in Leslieville. i tried one of each of the flavours they had there (dark choc covered, mild choc covered) and 2 other types of caramel (rose and red wine; salted jalepeno i think). overall they were ok. the caramel filling was too liquidy. and once it gave away there was a rather large crystal of salt in the middle, so i was sucking on what felt like a salt cube.

                      i also tried Leonida's Chocolates. there was too much chocolate, and the caramel wasn't very caramelly or salty.

                      the search continues...