When I was in London last I popped into the Artisan du Chocolat store in Belgravia to see what was new and to buy a few treats and one of the goodies I purchased was this wonderful-looking container which housed twenty-four sea salted caramels with a hint of lemongrass. I have no idea why I went for these, perhaps it’s because I’ve tried, or already have, most of their other chocolates. It’s also strange as I’m not typically a great fan of sea salted caramels.
If you’re looking to get your loved-one something different for Valentine’s Day then I’d certainly take a peak ad Artisan’s range of salted caramels as they’re absolutely beautifully presented. They come in a stylish carton and then a shiny container that I didn’t expect and did look fantastic. Top marks for presentation it must be said.
Inside you’ll also get a veritable feast of sea salted caramels that were more abundant than I anticipated. And their shells are a great deal firmer than I’m used to as well. I doubt they’d break your teeth, but they do offer a great deal of resistance.
I’ve never got on well with dusty coatings to truffles and caramels as they seem to taste strange. And these caramels from Artisan du Chocolate had the same feel which did distract for me. Also the dusty coating made it damn difficult to photograph the truffles too, but for everyone else I’m sure it wouldn’t prove as much of a distraction.
The element that I most often have my issues with wasn’t a problem with these. I regularly find the sea-salted caramel filling too salty and leave gasping for refreshment. Thankfully these didn’t The lemongrass flavour was fairly bitter and perhaps wouldn’t have been as nice as the other options such as passion fruit, Kinako, Balsamic vinegar, banana, spiced fig, sage and thyme or pink and black pepper.
These were just a bit too tart for my liking. I have had about eight or so of them, so perhaps that’s my fault. I’ll give the rest away to family and seek their opinions, but I won’t be buying any more, probably because I’d go for their couture collection instead.