William Curley ‘Patissier Chocolatier’ based in Richmond, Surrey have produced an award-winning chocolate sensation. I, unlike Lee, can understand why these two little bricks won Gold in the Academy of Chocolate Awards 2008 (category ‘Best Filled Praline Or Bonbon’)! Lee previously expressed his dislike for the smokiness of the flavours in review of the Sea Salt Caramel bar. I, on the contrary, was mesmerized by the unique flavours at play.
The caramel is dense, dark and treacly. It reminded me of burnt marshmallows over a campfire but it had a warmth of a country Aga range. The sea salt lingers around your lips like a cold ocean spray and adds freshness to the deep molten caramel. The neutrality of the chocolate coating (not too sweet, not too bitter) perfectly complements the seriousness of the caramel it wraps around.
It comes in two separate blocks so that you can nibble one and save the other for later. I had to share mine around just to let everyone else understand the mysterious sensations of the Sea Salt Caramel Bar. The natural sea saltiness and rich sophistication of the flavours take it above and beyond the normal class of chocolate: it’s understated packaging hides a piece of chocolatier filled with great experience and a deep understanding of the journey of taste.