Posts Tagged ‘Pink’

Sorry that I’ve not been posting over the last few days … I had a bad ’bout with food poisoning, of all things!  UGH!  It wasn’t fun.  I’m feeling much better now, so I thought I’d go through some of my drafts and finish up a couple of them to keep the reviews coming.  

rosemarypinksaltProduct Information:

Without even opening the bag, you can already smell the sweet Rosemary seeping through the wrapper. The playful balance of aromas makes this savory shortbread a perfect companion with an array of cheese and meat plates, or for a quick sweet snack, try adding a thin layer of strawberry jam.

I received one of these cookies in my November Love with Food Box.

Tea Suggestion:

Because of the sweet and savory flavors already present within these cookies, I wanted to choose a tea that would complement that.  Something that was neither too sweet nor too savory, and nothing that was too polarizing a flavor that might rob my palate of the joy of the flavors of this cookie.  I chose this amazing black tea from Joseph Wesley:  No. 03 Classic Chinese Black.  This tea is more sweet than savory, certainly, but, the sweetness of the tea helped to enhance the sweet, buttery notes of the cookie in a delightful way.  A delectable pairing.

What I Think:

Yum!  When I opened the package, I took a sniff and the rosemary is strong!

These shortbread cookies are a delicious balance of sweet and savory.  The shortbread is sweet and buttery tasting, with a delectable, delicate shortbread texture that I really like.  I’ve tried other cookies from this company before, and I can’t recall ever being disappointed by what I’ve tried from them, but this one might be the best one I’ve tried.  I love the contrast between the sweet and savory!

The rosemary and sea salt cut through the sweetness to keep the savory tones lingering into the aftertaste … these are just slightly more savory than sweet, but I like the way it works.

My Final Thoughts:  

A really delicious cookie and a nice alternative to the usual sweet shortbread cookie that one might enjoy during tea time.  I like the savory elements of this cookie.  If I must offer one complaint, then it would be that as I ate this cookie,  I did come across one single abrasive rosemary leaf that had not been crushed and obliterated, and while I do love the flavor of rosemary, I don’t love the prickly feel of the leaves when they get between my teeth.  But really, this is such a small issue for me and I enjoyed the cookie way too much to let that stop me from enjoying these in the future.

Picture from Petit Amuse. Click on the pic to go there.

Madagascar Vanilla Caramel:

Handmade caramels made with only real butter and heavy whipping cream. We add in just a little salt , a plump madagascar vanilla bean and cook everything to just the right temperature. We then hand wrap each soft creamy and rich caramel.

Himalayan Pink Sea Salt Caramels:

Handmade caramels made with only real butter and heavy whipping cream. We add in just the right amount of Himalayan Pink Sea Salt and cook everything to just the right temperature. We then hand wrap each soft creamy and rich caramel.

These caramels (and so much more!) can be purchased at Petit Amuse.

Tea Suggestion:

With these caramels, I chose this Royal Gold Yunnan Needle from Zhi Tea, and I must say that it is the perfect pairing!  The tea has delicious caramel-y undertones to it which accent the caramels in a way that the burnt-sugar flavors are amplified (and I like that), and there is just a hint of smokiness to it.  A wonderful treat – this tea and these caramels!

What I Think:

These are not the first treats that I’ve tried from CC Made – thanks to the now-defunct Foodzie box, I had the opportunity to also try a couple of the Caramel corns from CC Made and I loved those.  So, I knew I was entering into somewhat familiar and very tasty territory with these two caramels that I received in my Petit Amuse Sampler Box last month.

The box contained one of each of the following flavors:  Himalayan Pink Sea Salt Caramel and Madagascar Vanilla Caramel.  YUM!  My mouth waters just from typing out the names of these … and I haven’t even begun tasting yet!

These have to be the softest, creamiest caramel confections I’ve had.  These are almost like caramel sauce, they’re so soft and gooey!  I started with the Madagascar Vanilla Caramel because I LOVE salted caramels (I love vanilla caramels too, but, there’s a special place in my heart for salted caramel), and I wanted to save the best for last.

These are incredibly soft.  Chewy … yes, well, every caramel I’ve ever tried was chewy, but this Madagascar Vanilla Caramel literally melted in my mouth, I didn’t really have much of a chance to chew.

It was silky smooth – no grit, no sugar crystals, just smooth, rich caramel with a delicious vanilla overtone.  There is something a little more to it … almost a smoky flavor that I notice now in the aftertaste.  Very interesting.  Then again, that COULD be the tea that I’m drinking along with these, I can’t say for sure, but, I really am enjoying this aftertaste, almost as much as I enjoyed the confection!

Now for the Himalayan Pink Sea Salt Caramel … Mmmm… yes, I think that the smoky note (ever so slight) is coming from the caramel, it’s like a burnt-sugar taste.  And it’s very enjoyable.  Of course, this is further accented by this tea – this Royal Gold Yunnan Needle – because it has an undercurrent of burnt-sugar caramel flavor to it … but the caramel has it too.

I don’t notice much of a sea salt taste nor do I notice the texture of it.  Then again, this caramel, just like the Madagascar Vanilla before it – melted in my mouth before I had much chance to really chew it.  I did notice that this caramel was a little stickier than the first.  Both were really delicious though, but I think my favorite was the Himalayan Sea Salt … even though I don’t taste much from the salt, I do taste more of that smoky, burnt sugar taste and I really like that.

My Final Thoughts:

I love caramel as I’ve mentioned more than once.  And these caramels were spectacular.  I love how soft they were – but they were almost too soft.  They didn’t allow me to enjoy the chewy texture of caramel because they became almost the consistency of silky caramel sauce when the caramel hit the tongue.   But they were incredibly decadent, and sometimes, that craving for decadent creaminess outweighs the need for chewy texture in a caramel … and in those cases, this is the caramel you’ll want!