Friday, 26 February 2010
If there's any kind of combination in the food world I love the most, it's a sweet-salty combination. Add sugar and salt to any food and I'll probably eat it all. I'm always looking for great foods that show off this combination, and now I think I've found my favorite source: Lindt's "Touch of Sea Salt" Chocolate.This chocolate bar is one of the most complex candies I have ever tasted in my life. At first, this bar tastes like a simple piece of dark chocolate. There's a sort of blandness at the initial bite that made me wonder what the hype was all about. Seconds later, I had a hint of tart bitterness - but not the kind that is normally found in dark chocolate. It wasn't a tartness that was accompanies really dark chocolate, but instead a tartness that is found on your spice rack. Another few seconds into chewing, and the sea salt flavor comes out. And let me tell you, if you are a fan of the sweet-salt combination, it's like angels landed on your taste buds.This candy triggers all different areas of your tongue, creating a completely sensational flavor. After swallowing the candy, it's almost as if the flavors had reversed. What was once tasted - a dark, thorough chocolatey flavor - seems to be just a hint now, and the height of the sea salt flavor washes over. (But don't worry, it isn't so salty that you'll feel dehydrated or thirsty. It's almost like a dusting of sea salt.)For a candy that has no melty-center, no crackling in its bite and no layers of different candies covered in chocolate, the flavor was absolutely incredible. Simple and yet complex all in one bite. I recommend this candy to ANYONE who digs the salty-sweet combination.What other foods are examples of sweet and salty? Do you like this combination, or do you have a different favorite?