Wednesday, April 4, 2012

National Caramel Day (with Chocolate)

In March we had National Chocolate Caramel Day on the 19th while this month, today, the fifth of April, we have simply National Caramel Day.  Whether the chocolate is part of the caramel or surrounding it, your Chocolate Priestess tends to really like the combination.  I prefer the buttery caramel with darker chocolate while I like the tangy variety with either milk or dark chocolate; I don't really like caramel with white chocolate, sorry white chocolate lovers but I find it too sweet and creamy for my personal tastes.

Today in honor of the holiday I'm going to review one of the delights I bought with a gift certificate to one of our best chocolate suppliers in my town, Saharamart.  These are Butlers Chocolate Caramels in a 15 piece 5.29oz box that normally costs $10 but I got it for half price and had my gift certificate so it cost me nothing.  Butlers is an Irish chocolatier so this is imported, too, but that doesn't mean it necessarily is great, we'll have to test that right now.

The pieces are individually wrapped and inside I found three layers. The top is a milk chocolate made of milk chocolate, then another crunchy layer, and finally a soft tangy caramel layer in the center.  The crunchy layer really surprised but since there is no mention of that on the box. Two possibilities.  Since this was on sale, it could be that the mart just had it for so long that the structure changed but the chocolate showed no signs of age nor did the soft inside.  Second this layer is supposed to be crunchy, hazelnuts are listed in the ingredients and there is a slight taste of them so perhaps this is where they are?  I don't know and since the company didn't send it to me, I didn't ask them about it.  As you can see these are about two bites each and measure 4/5 inch by 4/5 inch by 1/2 inch.  I really wanted a soft caramel surrounded by the chocolate so it was a bit disappointing to have the crunch layer. For my Irish readers or anyone in the UK or others who have had these, are these supposed to have a crunchy layer or did I get a poor batch?

4 comments:

Torviewtoronto said...

caramel is our favourite :) lovely post

The Three Little Piglets said...

I can't believe I missed Nat'l caramel day! That would have been right at the top of food holidays to make sure to not miss - I'm a sucker for a good caramel.

TheChocolatePriestess said...

Thank you both for reading and commenting. Remember, we always give a fun food holiday list at the end of the month so you can plan at least with chocolate... I'll add chocolate to almost anything I can for you all.

TammyJo Eckhart said...

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