blonde chocolate and sea salt (the chocolate society)
brics de sal (blanxart)
d-fusion lattesal (domori)
fleur de sel (gepa)
kristálysó (crystal salt) (rózsavölgyi csokoládé)
potato chip bar (chuao chocolatier)
melk karamell zeezout (tony’s chocolonely)
rose salt + lemon (antidote)
sambirano valley 50% with fleur de sel (benoît nihant)
I’ve always liked the taste of sweet and salty things, as growing up in Spain all we had was salted butter and I missed it when living in Germany. One of my favourite breakfast treats has been and still is a toast/bagel/croissant (whatever is available) with salted butter and Nutella. Fortunately salted butter has become very common and many manufacturers are selling both salted and unsalted butter in Germany now. I love chocolate chip cookies with salt flakes, caramel beurre salé candy and ice cream and I tend to buy anything else that has fleur de sel in it (recently: cream cheese) but now I’ve developed a real obsession with salted chocolate.
I tried a chocolate with fleur de sel a year or two ago which I bought at what in Germany is commonly known as a Bioladen (a health food store, probably something like a Whole Foods Market) but I wasn’t really enthusiastic about it then. But because a friend of mine is a fan of chocolate with high cocoa percentages I’m always on the lookout for different chocolates when I travel. On one of those occasions I bought a salted milk chocolate which ultimately got me hooked. I’ve never been very partial to dark chocolate, white and milk chocolate being my favourites – but as salted chocolate seems to be my new passion, I will give them all a try. Luckily most chocolatiers and bean to bar producers now seem to have at least one salted chocolate in their repertoire, which is great and terrible at the same time – I want to try them all!
I don’t know very much (yet?) about chocolate and chocolate production and I don’t think my taste buds are refined enough to tell the difference between chocolate made from Madagascan or Ecuadorean beans but I would still like to share my favourite (and not so favourite) finds with you. My friend (who is partly to blame for this addiction) on the other hand, knows a lot about and prefers all the chocolates that I don’t, so I’m hoping to convince him to share his thoughts here too.