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Simple Pleasure Stocking Stuffer: Fran's Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels
December 01, 2015
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I thought I had tasted every chocolate caramel there was to taste. So when I moved to Seattle, I was in no particular rush to taste Fran’s. Was I wrong. Fran’s chocolate caramels are equisiite.
My favorite is the dark chocolate caramel dusted with a grey French sea salt, harvested off the coast of Brittany. The caramel is slow cooked which gives it a smooth texture and a rich flavor. They’re made in small batches within days of arriving on the shelf, so unlike many boxed chocolates you taste this time of year, Fran's are dramatically fresher tasting. However, it's the taste trifecta of sweet, salty, and buttery flavors that makes them especially addicting. What’s more, they come in small, simple-pleasure sizes so I don’t have to wait for a holiday to enjoy them. Here in Seattle, you can purchase them in a 1oz, 3pc box.
It turns out, I’m not the only fan of Fran's dark chocolate caramels. They're Michelle Obama’s favorite also. The President, who first discovered them on his campaign trail, prefers the milk chocolate. He keeps his office stocked with them to give to visitors. Other fans include Nora Ephron who Vanity Fair reports used to send them to Mike Nichols, and Food and Wine, which rated Fran’s as one of the best chocolates in the US.
Go to their Georgetown factory, look in the window, and they’ll offer you a piece of chocolate. If you don’t live in Seattle, you can order them online. Simple Pleasures.