Towards the holidays, Trader Joe’s puts out all kinds of seasonal offerings. Their Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels are always at the top of my list. Dark chocolate is a great combination with caramel most of the time, but with these candies I’m just in it for the silky smooth caramel and the crunch of coarse salt sprinkled on top of the candies. It is delicious and addictive. Naturally, when I spotted Trader Joe’s Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce on the shelf, I had to pick some up.
The caramel sauce has a very similar consistency to the center of those dark chocolates I like so much: smooth and creamy enough to melt easily on your tongue. You can taste the sugar, butter, cream and vanilla in the caramel, too. There is no coarse sea salt here, but there is a noticeable amount in the the caramel and the contrast of sweet and salty will definitely make your mouth water. In short, the sauce is delicious. I also appreciate that, unlike its chocolate-wrapped cousin, it can be used in many applications, from topping off an ice cream sundae or giving a batch of brownies a sweet swirl.