Last year I tried the William Curley Sea Salt Caramels and really didn’t like them. Part of that was due to the fact that I’m not a big fan of caramel and I think they over did the salt. Now when one of my favourite chocolate producers My Chocolate Bar, sent me over some of their Handmade Milk Chocolate Salted Caramels, I sat there with a bit of trepidation. I should have had more confidence in them, as the taste and presentation are spot on, they’d make a perfect little random “I Love You” treat for your husband or wife. And with six of them for £4.50 you do get your money’s worth too.
Each of the caramels has a dainty pattern on them, much like the honey chocolates from Ooh La La and remind me of the swirly opening scenes to James Bond film and perhaps I should just get out more?
When you bite into them you’re met with a totally unique version of caramel. Most of the caramel I’ve tasted has that artificial, overly sweet, concocted note to them. Whilst this as a warm softness to it that is difficult to place.
The chocolate casing is made out of thick 41% milk chocolate that breaks apart like slate does, in slivers. But these slivers have a fantastic taste to them. Unlike other salted caramels I’ve tasted, these just have the slightest saltiness that hangs on the end of your tongue. It’s not at all pervasive but just adds another dimension.
The sea salt itself comes from Cornwall. Having consumed a sea-container of Cornish chips I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between Cornish sea salt or from any other county. But what I can say is that neither the salt, the caramel nor the chocolate taste forced. They all combine wonderfully into a well rounded, but ultimately engaging chocolate experience.