It’s been a year since Simon reviewed Burnt Sugar’s Gooey Caramels, which he found at Borough Market. I found this ‘chewy’ variation in Waitrose, so things are obviously going well for the Burnt Sugar guys.
These chewy caramels seem to use the same 55% dark chocolate as the ones Simon found, so the real difference is the caramel.
It took a significant amount of effort to cut a caramel in half for the photograph above. These are the kind of caramels that start off quite hard, then slowly become chewy as they warm in your mouth, releasing their flavours along the way.
At least, that’s the theory. I’ve had some very bland caramel in the past. But the ingredients lists here contains ingredients like cream, golden fair trade sugar, muscovado sugar, golden syrup, treacle, balsamic vinegar and sea salt. That’s a lot of good stuff in one little caramel.
Thankfully, you can taste many of those flavours too. It starts off slow, but as you chew, you can really feel the golden syrup and treacle flavours building. It’s very pleasant indeed.
The chocolate is a little bland though. Apart from being a bit of decoration, it doesn’t add much. I would have preferred a thicker, higher cocoa content chococolate – they’re sweet enough to be able to take something darker.
But for chewy caramel lovers, these are definite winners. I would still class them as ‘sweets’ rather than serious chocolate (there’s a lot of sugar in various forms in there), but I did end up quite enjoying them. At £1.99 for 110g, they’re pretty good value and probably slightly too more-ish than is healthy. I think that’s a good thing.