Posts Tagged ‘Goats Milk’

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Product Description:

This is not just your run-of-the-mill caramel sauce. This is cajeta – a Mexican specialty made from caramelized, reduced goat’s milk. Compared to standard caramel sauce, this is more savory with a slight tang. Even though we usually just eat this out of the jar with a spoon, it would make a delicious sauce for baked desserts, fresh fruit (mmm…apples!), ice cream, coffee drinks, and even mild cheeses.

I received a jar of this caramel in October’s Petit Amuse Sampler box, and this caramel can be purchased online at Petit Amuse.

What I Think:

For the purposes of this review, I drizzled some of the caramel over a sliced apple.  Then… I licked the spoon.  Mmm!

I think I’ve mentioned my love for caramel once or twice on this blog.  And I’ve been hearing about Fat Toad Farm’s caramels for a while, on various gourmet food sites and such, and I’ve been wanting to try it for a long time now!  So I was thrilled when Petit Amuse included it in the October box!

This stuff is awesome.  It is not quite as sweet as other caramel sauces I’ve tried, this has a somewhat savory edge to it that I find compelling.  Oh, that’s not to say it’s not sweet … it certainly is.  It’s caramel!  But because of the goat’s milk, it has a tangy quality to it.  This doesn’t taste like caramelized sugar sauce … this is smooth and creamy and rich … with a distinctive savory tone, a tangy note and maybe even a hint of smokiness to it.

My Final Thoughts:

This is so much tastier than anything found on the grocery store shelf.  You can taste the goat’s milk and that really makes all the difference in the world.  I love that while it is sweet, it doesn’t taste sickeningly sweet … you can eat it by the spoonful!   So, so, so YUM!

Product Description:

The original farmstead goat milk caramel, flavored with sea salt & pure bourbon vanilla. Handmade by Louisa Conrad and Lucas Farrell of Big Picture Farm. Photos courtesy of Louisa.

These caramels can be purchased on Knoshbox for a limited time.

Tea Suggestion:

I wanted something a little bit earthy to go with these caramels, something that would allow me to really enjoy the sweetness as well as the contrasting flavors, so I selected this Roasted Maté from Culinary Teas.  It was a delicious pairing, and the rich, roasted flavor of the Yerba Maté really complimented the sweet, luscious flavor of the caramels.

What I Think:

Well, this is my first time trying caramels made from the milk  of a goat … or perhaps I should say, this is the first time, to my knowledge, to be trying caramels made from the milk of a goat.  The only thing I think I’ve ever tried with goats milk prior to this is cheese … oh, and yogurt.

The caramels are soft to the bite, so soft that the bite just sort of falls off into the mouth, you don’t have to pull it apart with the bite.  They don’t stick to the fingers though.  Mmm!  Yum!  It has a very buttery texture, very smooth and sweet.  Not grainy, although I can occasionally note the texture from the sea salt.  And I can definitely taste the presence of the sea salt too, as well as the vanilla.

It tastes very creamy and buttery, with a touch of salt that helps to offset the sweetness.  I also like how the tangy note from the goats milk also offsets some of the sweetness.  The contrast of flavors between sweet, salty and tangy is quite satisfying.

My Final Thoughts:

I really like these!  It is something that I probably would have overlooked in the candy aisle, as I probably would have been a bit uncomfortable with the idea of the goats milk if I were shopping for myself.  Which is exactly why I love these kinds of sampler boxes – it exposes me to different foods, and grants me the opportunity to try something different without making a huge investment to do so.

And as for the caramels … this is something that I’d be happy to enjoy again.  As autumn is finally here (hurray!) I can’t help but wonder how amazing this caramel would taste as a dip for apple slices.  YUM!