If you love passion fruit, this is the treat for you! The tart, tropical passion fruit truly shines and is complemented but not overshadowed by the smooth caramel and luscious chocolate.
Given the delectable, intense flavor of the passion fruit in these caramels, I recommend going for a pure tea, rather than one that’s flavored. No need to obscure the flavors here! I chose this Pheonix Pearl Black Tea from Zen Tea. The rich, natural cocoa notes of the tea enhanced the luscious flavor of chocolate in these caramels … and the caramel brought out the natural caramel-y undertones in the tea. A very synergistic pairing!
What I Think:
Oh my goodness! These are so good!
Before biting into one of these soft, sweet caramels, I worried that the flavors of caramel and chocolate would overwhelm the flavor of passion fruit, but it doesn’t. The passion fruit comes through loud and clear! It is sweet, luscious, and just a wee bit tart. And it’s that tart note that (surprisingly, at least for me!) makes all the difference with these caramels. Because as much as I love caramel, I often find it to be just a wee bit cloying, especially when it’s been encased in milk chocolate like these have been. So, my palate really appreciates a little contrast like sea salt, for example, or in the case of these caramels, the tartness from the passion fruit.
The caramel is a rich, soft and gooey kind of caramel … the kind that sumptuously melts in your mouth rather than a harder caramel that requires some effort to chew it. Both are very satisfying caramels, but they are different! The passion fruit tastes very true to the fruit, as if real passion fruit was made to create the chocolate covered caramels, rather than a flavor extract. And a quick glance over the ingredient list tells me that this is the case.
As I indicated before, the chocolate used here is a milk chocolate, and I think if I were to change anything at all about these chocolates, it would be to change it to a dark chocolate. I think that the complexity of a dark chocolate would have enhanced these even further.
My Final Thoughts:
So yummy. I’m really glad that I got to try them. I still prefer a salted caramel, but, these are really good – and different! Sometimes it’s nice to change things up a little bit, and these certainly are a delicious surprise for the taste buds. I think these would make a great gift for the passion fruit aficionado!