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blonde chocolate and sea salt

the chocolate society

The Chocolate Society was formed in 1991 by three chocolate enthusiasts. After 20 years the company was sold and then encountered some financial difficulties in 2009 and was then again sold to two new owners. These new owners, Duncan and Alasdair Garnsworthy (who has been trained by French chocolate makers Valrhona), decided to move the business forward by returning to its roots and now make fresh chocolates in small batches. Their small factory is situated in Somerset (UK) and they produce a range of luxury chocolate products, including fresh chocolate truffles, caramels, pralines, honeycomb, bars and more.

Since I am also partial to white chocolate, a friend recommended this bar. It is a “blonde” chocolate with Halen Môn Sea Salt. 

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Blonde chocolate is a type of chocolate made by caramelising butter in the chocolate making process. The result is a sweet and creamy chocolate, similar to a white chocolate, but with a caramel flavour and colour. Without the salt it resembles a caramac bar, but much creamier and denser. Although the bar also contains vanilla, the buttery caramel flavour is much more prominent.  The amount of salt is satisfying and it complements this sweet caramel chocolate perfectly. Definitely one of my favourite bars.

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Ingredients: blonde chocolate (min 32% cocoa solids, pure cocoa butter): cocoa butter, sugar, whole milk powder, dried skimmed milk, whey, butter, emulsifier (soya lecithin), natural vanilla extract, Halen Môn Sea Salt.

Zutaten: Weiße Schokolade (min 32% Kakaomasse, reine Kakaobutter): Kakaobutter, Zucker, Vollmilchpulver, Magermilchpulver, Molke, Butter, Emulgator (Soyalecithin), natürliches Vanille-Extrakt, Halen Môn Meersalz.

I bought this bar from The Chocolate Society’s online store. Price approx. € 5,60.

Images by Axel Lambrette

salted oatmeal white chocolate cookies

You might have already guessed which three words stuck out and made me want to bake these cookies… salted, white and chocolate. This recipe is very closely adapted from Smitten Kitchen, who in turn adapted it from Cook’s Illustrated.

Since I was too lazy to really measure the 2 1/2 inches that the cookies should be placed apart on the baking sheet, I just eyeballed it.

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Of course this happened:

 

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But a few did look like cookies after all. And the wobbly cookies tasted just as well…

salted oatmeal white chocolate cookies
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • ¾ cup (150g) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (190g) sugar
  • ¼ cup (50g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg (L)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (160g) oats
  • 5 ounces (150g) (good-quality) white chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fleur de sel
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and table salt.
  3. In another bowl beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  4. Then add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until incorporated.
  5. Add the flour mixture gradually and mix until just incorporated.
  6. Then add the oats and the chopped white chocolate and mix until well incorporated.
  7. Place the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 350°F / 175° C.
  9. Roll about 2 tablespoons of dough between palms into balls, then place the dough on the lined baking sheets about 2½ inches apart.
  10. Press down each ball to about ¾-inch thickness.
  11. Sprinkle two or three flakes of sea salt on each cookie.
  12. Bake until cookies are deep golden brown, about 13 to 16 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through.
  13. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack to cool.

 

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cioccolato bianco con pistacchi, nocciole e mandorle salati

venchi

Venchi is an Italian chocolate maker whose history dates back to 1878, when Silviano Venchi opened a chocolate shop in the Piedmont region. In 2000, Venchi merged with master chocolatier Pietro Cussino. Venchi produces over 350 specialty chocolates and are widely known for their gianduja. They use Piedmont hazelnuts, Sicilian pistachios, vegetable fats from olive oil, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, cocoa butter, high-quality fresh milk and cream and their products are all gluten-free.

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This is Venchi’s white chocolate with salted pistachios, hazelnuts and almonds , which was awarded the Tavoletta d’Oro by the Compagnia del Cioccolato association in 2012.

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The white chocolate itself is not salted, it is creamy, with a strong vanilla note, which reminds me of a vanilla milkshake. This is also a chocolate bar, which you tend to eat rather than let it melt in your mouth. The nuts are salted, but not overly so. The nuts, salt and sweetness are a perfect combination, I liked this bar very much.

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Ingredients: White chocolate, cocoa 30,6% minimum. (sugar,cocoa butter,whole milk powder, salted almonds 12% (almonds 97%, salt), salted Piedmont hazelnut (Piedmont hazelnut 98,5%, salt), salted pistachio (pistachio 98,5%, salt), whey powder, emulsifier: soy lecithin, natural vanilla flavour). 3,52 oz

Zutaten: weiße Schokolade, Kakao 30,6% mind. (Zucker, Kakaobutter, Vollmilchpulver, Gesalzen Mandeln 12% (Mandeln 97%, Salz), Gesalzen Haselnuss aus dem Piemont (Haselnuss aus dem Piemont 98,5%, Salz), Gesalzen Pistazien (Pistazien 98,5%, Salz), Molkenpulver, Emulgator: Sojalecithin, natürliche Vanille-Aroma.) (sic!) 100g

This bar is available online at Venchi. I bought it from Schoko Galerie, a small shop with a good selection of chocolates in Berlin. Price approx. €4,90.

Images by Axel Lambrette (thank you!!!)

brics de sal

blanxart

Bombons Blanxart is a master chocolatier based in Barcelona, Spain. The company was founded in 1954 and states on their website that they carry out their entire production process, from roasting cocoa beans (Ghana, Congo, Guayaquil and the Dominican Republic) to packaging and distribution.

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Blanxart’s brics de sal are roasted and salted almonds covered in salted white chocolate – a salt party!

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The first thing you taste is the white chocolate covered in salt. The brics de sal are not made to melt in your mouth but to eat, so I’m not going to talk about the chocolate. Basically you’ll taste salt – white chocolate – salt – almond with added salt flakes – a full blown salt explosion. They are somewhat addictive, as salted nuts sometimes are, but the sweetness of the chocolate keeps you from eating the whole box in one go. For someone looking for a truly salty experience, these are highly recommendable.

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This is available at various online shops. I bought it from the Berliner Kaffeerösterei – a micro-coffee roaster, online store, coffee shop, patisserie – with a good selection of chocolates in Berlin. Price approx. € 3.

Images by Axel Lambrette (thank you!!!)

cardamom organic white chocolate artisan bar

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I know I’m deviating from the salty chocolates with this one, but since I also have a soft spot for white chocolate I had to try it when I bought Rococo’s sea salt bar.

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Rococo is a british chocolate company founded by Chantal Coady with shops in London and in Chester. She was awarded Chocolatier Of The Year 2012 and her bars, pralines, caramels and truffles, as well as her packaging, have won awards. Rococo owns a cocoa farm (part of the Grenada Chocolate Company) which provides the organic Trinitario cocoa beans for her chocolates.

This bar won Gold at the International Chocolate Awards 2013.

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The smell of cardamom envelops you when you unwrap the bar. The chocolate melts smoothly in your mouth and you can feel the cardamom grains. It is sweet, but not too sweet, and although cardamom is the main flavour, there is a slight taste of lemon that provides a nice contrast. I was surprised that I liked this chocolate so much and I’m open to trying other spices in chocolate, but I’m yet to see if they can compete with my beloved salted chocolates.

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Ingredients: organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organice whole milk powder, organic cardamom, emulsifier: soya lecithin. Contains 30% min. organic cocoa solids, 24% min. organic milk solids.

Zutaten: Bio Rohrzucker, Bio Kakaobutter, Bio Vollmilchpulver, Bio Kardamom, Emulgator: Sojalecithin. 30% mind. Bio Kakaomasse, 24% mind. Bio Milchpulver.

This bar is available at Rococo and various other online stores. I bought it online from xocoatl, a shop in Wiesbaden. Price approx. €5,90.

Images by Axel Lambrette