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Salted caramels [London]

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daisyK Mar 21, 2010 01:27 PM

I have something of a salted caramel addiction (by this I mean the chocolates with soft caramel inside). In London I have tried those from William Curley, Paul Young, L'Artisan du Chocolat, Melt, Rococo, The Chocolate Society and Pierre Herme. So far Paul Young beats the others hands down - a very generous amount of caramel with the perfect texture, and the chocolate is not too dark, like some of the others. At £1.70 EACH chocolate, they should be faultless, and I think they are. I often walk six miles from my home to the shop in Camden Passage just to buy them (and to justify eating them!). It would be interesting to know if I am missing out on any other fabulous ones out there.

  1. limster Mar 21, 2010 02:02 PM

    Cool survey; thanks! Was wondering if Pierre Marcolini's version is available at Verde & Co. -- might be worth checking out. Cocomaya should also be worth a trip, although my favourite items there are probably the saffron and pistachio truffle and the tonka bean.

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      daisyK Mar 21, 2010 03:18 PM

      Oh I have tried them at Cocomaya - I knew I had forgotten somewhere on my posting. They were good but still not quite as good as Paul Young's (although I will take a detour to Cocomaya for the white choc cheesecake). Will try Verde when I am next over there.

    2. PhilD Mar 21, 2010 03:57 PM

      Are these actually salt caramels, which have quite a distinct flavour, or simply chocolates with regular caramel inside?

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        johnnypd Mar 21, 2010 05:35 PM

        Paul A Young, Melt and L'Artisan definitely use salt caramel. i can't verify the others as i haven't tried them. L'artisan were the first to create these bonbons in London iirc, though theirs are a lot smaller than the others and i think the guy even started making them for M&S. Melt's are of a very generous size and come in a thin ball of chocolate that has been dusted with cocoa powder, and are my favourite. paul a young's are encased in a thicker layer of chocolate which, for me, detracts from the caramel a bit. his caramel has more of a slightly burnt or rich taste to it than melt's, which is a bit sweeter.

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        YSL Mar 22, 2010 05:30 AM

        I too, have been on a quest for salt caramel chocolates and you're right - Paul A. Young's are by far the best. That said, I like his Marmite truffle too..

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          daisyK Mar 22, 2010 06:09 AM

          Yes, they too are delicious. I guess it just comes down to taste on the caramels - I find that often the caramel is way too runny in others (and in some, even though it says it is salted - it tastes more like ordinary caramel), but Paul Young's is lovely and thick, you can almost scoop it out. Also, one will suffice, whereas the others tend to be smaller and therefore I will end up eating two! I think he might use muscovado rather than glucose, hence the more toasted taste.

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