Sweet Salt, Alive!
Man, new goodies at Starbucks that are just…insane. I’m a bit of a fan of this time of year, when they bring out the autumn flavors of drinks. Pumpkin spice lattes, which smell awesome, for example.
I never get it, because I always get the same thing – an iced Americano, decaf.
Sigh. It’s low on calories, I get a venti and add just a splash of half & half…it’s good! But I enjoy smelling the other treats…
And come the holidays, I will treat myself to a peppermint mocha. One. And it will be good and I will be wonderful with it. No guilt.
But these things…they are guilt in a tube…
I watch a lot of FoodNetwork. I don’t cook, honestly, but I do eat. And so I watch the shows and drool a lot. But I’ve never understood the whole bit of adding salt to chocolate. I mean, I’d follow the chefs, pastry cooks, whoever, as they made these incredibly decadent chocolate indulgences and then they’d add a pinch of rock salt and I’d grimace… “Oh, man, they ruined the chocolate!”
I didn’t understand.
Chocolate covered bacon…what?
Then, I tried it. The bacon. Okay, that was pretty interesting! Crunchy, tasty…but wow, I was thirsty afterward!
I like salt but the bacon with chocolate was too salty. Next, I tried one of those salted caramel thingies… I’d probably adore it if I loved caramel. It was eh…
One morning at Starbucks, I saw these new treats… Salted Almond Chocolate Bites. OMG.
A eureka moment! I suddenly understand why salt is good for chocolate. It opens the tastebuds so one can fully appreciate the chocolate. The almond crunch is the trick to fool oneself that you’re eating something that is good for you… You know, instead of an apple fritter.
At least that is my rational.