Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Teuscher Beverly Hills: The Caramels

Even though I generally favor the truffles and giandujas when selecting pieces at a Teuscher boutique, I have to keep in mind that I’m on a mission to sample every piece of chocolate that they offer. And review each piece for you, my readers. Totally selfless. That’s what I am. And that’s why I picked up two caramels to sample when I visited the Beverly Hills boutique – including the dark sea salt caramel.

The salt in this caramel seems to only be the visible salt on the exterior of this piece, and the chocolate holding that salt is a smooth, dark chocolate with coffee and caramel flavor notes.

The caramel inside is a bit disappointing, as it features very little salt and is dense and chewy, such that the couverture flakes away. That all said, it is made with high-quality cream, as evidenced by the sweet and creamy flavor. The ingredients are all top-notch, but they don’t come together as well as other Teuscher pieces.

Onto another caramel: the honey caramel.

This piece has a strong aroma of earthy dark chocolate; the flavor includes strong coffee notes with hints of vanilla and caramel and a very mild fruity aftertaste.

The caramel interior offers a mild honey flavor, which is mostly evident as the caramel dissolves away. It is quite sweet, but the additional flavor dimension from the honey prevents it from being excessively so. The texture is a bit chewy, but perfectly matched to the couverture so that they don’t break apart one bit. If you want to experience a caramel from Teuscher, this is the one to go for.

Have you ever had a honey caramel?


  1. If you need a taster, especially for caramels, I'm there. The ones with the sea salt are always my favorite.

  2. I've never had a honey caramel! Too bad you weren't blown away by the salted caramel... so much potential!

  3. I have never had honey caramel.

    I don't think I would like chocolate with salt. It just isn't my jive personally. If it has such high quality cream though, I would be down for it. I could eat cream right out of the container. Um #embarrassing.

  4. I have had honey caramel and it's glorious! :)

    I chose the first one though, salt + caramel = heaven ;)

  5. I can't remember what I got from the Teuscher in PDX, but it probably was a caramel. The honey caramel sounds tasty!