Gray Salt Caramels

While connecting in Seattle last month on my way back to Bangkok, I did some shopping in the airport stores.  Seattle-Tacoma International has a surprisingly good collection of shops for a US airport.  While there, I decided to load up on specialties of the Pacific Northwest: cherries, smoked salmon, and gray salt caramels.

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Seattle seems to be turning into a mecca for quality handcrafted chocolates.  My friend was the part owner of a shop there and I’ve read countless articles about other artisanal chocolate makers in the region.  Sadly, my friend’s chocolate shop is now out of business, but that didn’t stop me from picking up two boxes of these gray salt caramels in dark chocolate, made by Fran’s Chocolates.

Salt caramels were the “it” confection in 2010, I think.  Little delicate crystals of salt that contrast both in flavor and texture with the rich chewiness caramel inside.  It is a lovely combination.  I wonder what new combination will greet us this year?