Chocolate and salt. It’s not an intuitive combination for some people. But think about it. People love chocolate and peanut butter. Chocolate covered pretzels. The list goes on.
It’s really the salt that makes it. So when I was in Milwaukee and spied some locally-made chocolate from Indulgence Chocolatiers, I was sure to select one of their sea salt bars: the Milk Chocolate with Sea Salt bar, which utilizes a 41% cocoa milk chocolate as its base.
The bar comes double-wrapped, with a tissue wrapping to protect it inside the cardboard packaging, which is already quite substantial. This chocolate is packaged to get where it’s going in great shape.
The milk chocolate base doesn’t give off much of an aroma, nor are any intricate chocolate flavors immediately evident.
That’s because of the strong influence of the salt, which is very coarse, to the point that it comes through in the texture with a bit of added crunch. Since the chocolate is quite smooth, this crunch is a nice contrast, and as it is sweet as well, the salt and sugar play well together. Though the salt slightly overwhelms any subtleties of the chocolate flavor, it is so high quality that the overall creation is one that is easy to enjoy.
Perhaps too easy.
If you like salt with chocolate, do you prefer it fine or coarse?