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By Heather• 24 Mar 2015 • 8 Comments
I’ve noticed the new Wellington Chocolate Factory salted brittle caramel Easter egg popping up everywhere (Kinder eat your heart out), and since salted caramel is rather popular at the moment, I thought it opportune to build my Easter muscles by checking out the city’s offerings.
WCF also have a new salted caramel hot chocolate drink, and caramelized cacao beans inside baby Easter eggs (or in bags at $6 for 50g of ‘pure energy’). I couldn’t detect any salted caramel in the hot chocolate and the thin texture isn’t quite my thing, but the beans are a must. Rich, slightly crumbly, not sweet, but equally not as bitter as you might expect - these are the story of chocolate in one mouthful. Highly recommended.
The Ti Kouka/Leeds Street salted caramel cookie continues its legendary journey, with the lads now selling between 500 and 1000 a week, all beautifully and equally proportioned by ice cream scoop. I can’t even begin to imagine the number of oven trays involved in that effort! Also available in gluten free and salted chocolate, with the best supply to be found at the Red Rabbit Roastery in Leeds Street.
Bohemein’s sea salt and walnut sea salt caramel truffles are still big sellers and entirely worthy, but check out their cinnamon caramel Easter bunnies. Rich, dark (or milk) and quite Easter bun-ish in flavour. Available individually or by the colony.
If you can say this - the Wooden Spoon Freezery’s ‘Shiver-Me-Timbers’ sea salted caramel ice cream sandwiched between Dough Momma chocolate cookies – you deserve one. Distinctly salted caramel chased by the rich taste of chocolate. The energy content is about two meals worth (and I’m not even going to tell you how much sugar is in it!), so share with a friend. Available from Moore Wilson’s.
Burger Liquor’s Malt’n’Salt ‘hard’ shake is Jimmy-based with milo and salted caramel, and verrrry moreish, but should definitely be accompanied by a burger so you don’t fall into that ‘who me officer?’ trap.
The Bresolin’s snickers pudding with house-made salted caramel ice cream was a stand out. Again distinctly salted caramel (apparently toned down recently, so the original must have been a doozy) perfectly complementing the dark gooey pudding. The advice to spoon up some pud and then top with a dollop of ice cream was exactly right. And damned fine value at $10.
CGR Merchant’s salted caramel rum needs to be on your bucket list. It’s also used in a number of their other drinks and has them producing flat out. You can have the rum with a craft beer combo, or as I did, by its glorious self, accompanied by the best $15 cheeseboard ever. They also make a salted caramel rum cookie but this one tastes more of the chocolate chips involved.
The Library Bar’s Sea Salt and Caramel Fudge martini was a little underwhelming (milky and salty), however the peanut, caramel and popped corn ice cream sundae was excellent – great textures and caramel flavours, with the popcorn and peanuts lending a lightly salted back note. And I’m still thinking about it days later (confession – ice cream fan).
I’ve also heard that Brumby’s Porirua are doing salted caramel hot cross buns this year, so I have my passport ready.
End result = Expectations of the world’s strongest nails from all the dairy consumption, and learning that it is indeed possible to induce a salted caramel coma in Wellington.
Have you stumbled across any salted caramel treats in Wellington I should know about?
Georgia looks forward to Winetopia and gets some help from Master of Wine Bob Campbell.