We absolutely adore the savory, but we tend to swoon—as in, keep the smelling salts handy—when it comes to sweets. And it doesn’t get much sweeter than chocolate and caramel. In this week’s Eat Boutique Boston Holiday Market preview, we’re sharing two of our favorite treats that are totally faint-worthy. You might want to sit down. -Kate
Fine & Raw Chocolate
If you believe chocolate is the answer to most of life’s problems (and, really, who doesn’t?), Fine & Raw Chocolate is doing its part to prove you right. The eco-friendly Brooklyn-based company is trying to “save the world through silliness and chocolate.” And we think they’re doing a pretty fine job at it.
Founded by Daniel Sklaar—who originally made deliveries by bicycle before the demand became too great—Fine & Raw uses organic, conscious ingredients to craft its artisan treats. Each piece of this happiness-inducing confection is handmade in small batches, using a low-heat technique that allows the chocolate’s unique raw flavor to really shine. The hardest part will be deciding which flavor to try: Cacao and Coconut Chunky Bonbon, Sea Salt Bar, Blueberries, Raspberries, and Mesquite.
These delightful caramels promise to make you smile, and we full-heartedly believe they will do just that. Süss Sweets began as a holiday treat and soon became the perfect year-round gift. Originally sold at a farmer’s market in New Hampshire, these preservative-free, gluten-free caramels use only the finest ingredients and are made in small batches—guaranteeing each piece is a velvety, buttery masterpiece of caramelized sugar.
Each caramel is sold in ¼ lb roll, which is perfect for either cutting into bite-sized pieces or melting into a fabulous fondue for apples and other fun treats. The best part? Süss (meaning “sweet” in German, naturally) offers eight different flavors, such as Vanilla with Sea Salt, Pumpkin with Sea Salt, Gingerbread, and Cappuccino.
Want to know how much sweeter life can be? Visit this year’s Eat Boutique Boston Holiday Market to sample a variety of sweet (and savory) creations.
The Eat Boutique Boston Holiday Market is on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Add your email address to this list to be the first to know when tickets go on sale for our annual holiday event! We look forward to shopping and sampling with you.
Photos courtesy of Fine & Raw and Süss Sweets
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