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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Chocolate and Sea Salt

The Mister has always loved chocolate and salt paired together.
One of the first things I thought was strange about him
(yes, there are a few things!) was the side of
potato chips he would have with a piece of chocolate cake!
Seems 30 years later, the rest of the world has caught up with
his obsession! I bought him several kinds of dark chocolate bars
that had sea salt in them to put into his Christmas stocking.
Some had Fleur de Sel, a premium French sea salt sprinkled on top.
Fleur de Sel ("flower of salt")
is a hand-harvested sea salt collected by workers who scrape
only the top layer of salt before it sinks to the bottom of large
salt pans. It has a flaked appearance instead of granule.
Personally, I like coffee with my chocolate. :)
But I do like sweet and salty together. Things like kettle corn,
chocolate covered salted peanuts...things like that.
As far as potato chips, I prefer them as a side to my turkey
sandwich! LOL! What about you, have you been enjoying
the salty chocolate craze?

38 comments:

  1. I'd never heard of it; I should imagine they'd be very more-ish combined.

    When I was pregnant with my first, I loved salt on lemons!

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  2. I have always loved potato chips with chocolate. We used to sell gourmet chips dipped in dark choc. when I was in the decor and gift shop business. I found a lovely recipe for turtles made with baby pretzels with a rollo candy on the top melted just right topped with a pecan from a blog. salt counter acts the sweet...yummy

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  3. I have not yet heard of salty chocolate either. Though I do like salty sweet, I think salty chocolate might take a bit of getting used to. Or maybe not. :)

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  4. Having read this, I suddenly feel I have only explored the postage stamp on the corner of the postcard of life.... I'd better try salt and chocolate for a new experience.

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  5. I have not seen the salty chocolate in the stores, but would like to try some. I have always liked odd sweet/salty combinations.

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  6. Kim ~ your turtles sound delish!

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  7. Alaine ~ salty lemons...now that would only sound good to a pregnant woman! haha

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  8. I don't think peanut M&M's are salty, are they?

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  9. my friend own a coffee shop and has this creation that has coffee chocolate and salt in one...its amazing...

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  10. Now that sounds very interesting! I saw a 'salted hot chocolate' the other day. Add coffee to it and I may want to try it!

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  11. I'm a great lover of sweet and salty. Never thought of chocolate and salt. I love to put potato chips on my tuna sandwich. Love the crunch.

    Love kettle corn too, and keep a grinder for Sea Salt, and also another grinder of garlic and Sea Salt.

    Funny, how something your Mister loved years ago, is not selling.

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  12. oops... I meant to say NOW selling!

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  13. I'm in charge of chocolate for stockings and this was what went into mine this year. I. Love. Salted. Chocolate.

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  14. I enjoyed this post and already the title caught me off guard - I have never ever before heard about chocolate with salt! How intriguing.;) And how fun that your husband likes to pair the strangest things in his meals.;)
    No, I am like you, I prefer chocolate on its own, or with coffee only.;)
    Have a great weekend,
    xo

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  15. A colleague once gifted me a bar of chocolate with chili. Very nice.

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  16. Martin ~ I have heard of that! Or...a twist to that...I have a chili recipe with cocoa in it!

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  17. I have never had them but have you tried the Esther Price Chocolate Potato Chips?? I have always wondered...

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  18. I have always enjoyed a good saltine cracker with my vanilla ice cream... lol... salty with sweet... like life... it is good.

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  19. Jill ~ yes, we have. He loves them. The are so expensive though and really easy to make!

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  20. Tanna ~ oh, now I've never heard of that one! haha...but that would be the sweet/salty wouldn't it! :)

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  21. Interesting, Betsy, never heard of chocolate and salt but that was a tasteful and thoughtful stocking addition...gourmet salt for his chocolate.

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  22. I ought my husband several different things to put in his stocking like that. His was a chocolate bar with blood orange center. While I was at the store where I bought this candy bar I found one that was chocolate with bacon flavor. Not one I want to try.

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  23. Dark chocolate and sea salt, I've heard from several different sources that it's delicious... I haven't tried it, yet.

    I had a friend in college who liked to sprinkle salt on slices of Granny Smith apples!

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  24. My dad's side of the family salted their cantelope! :)

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  25. Oh, that looks good! :-) I'll have to find it and try it!

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  26. Sort of makes sense, I put dark chocolate in my Chili sometimes gives it a bit of sweetness and gloss.

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  27. Cocoa Dolce is a local chocolate store here in Wichita. The owner, Beth Tully, is a master chocolatier and does wonderful things. The latest "rage" and "hottest item" lately has been her chocolate and salt creation. Tell your husband he is "ahead of his time."

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  28. forgetmenot ~ I will tell him! And your local chocolate shop sounds so wonderful!

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  29. oh i loved this, betsey

    i am so INTO salt. must have a zillion different ones...but my FAVORITE is called Mauldons. it is a flaked sea salt. comes in a box. williams-sonoma carries it. have you heard of it?

    kary and teddy
    xxx

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  30. Kary ~ no, I haven't heard of that...I'll be sure and check it out. Love Wm. Sonoma stuff! :)

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  31. I'm a purist when it comes to chocolate and tend to ensure it does not go anywhere near salt! Having said that I do like chili chocolate so maybe I should try it. Hmmm. x

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  32. I've never thought of having potato chips with chocolate cake, but the minute I read it I knew I would love it. To me chocolate is always better when it's paired with nuts or pretzels or anything crunchy and salty.

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  33. Your Mister is right on target here Betsy, that combo. is awesome. Although like some other Commenters I love my salt best on the rim of a Margharita glass!
    Millie x

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  34. loveice cream with crushed potato chips on top...yummmmmy thanks for sharing,,,Pat H

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  35. Pat ~ oh now that is a new one to me! LOL! Kind of like Tanna's saltines with icecream. Hmmm...not sure I'd want to try it but so glad you enjoy it! LOL!

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  36. Ever since I found a mock recipe for starbucks salted caramel hot chocolate, it's my new go-to salty chocolatey fix! But...... now that I know about this..... ha

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