My chocolate bar with shortbread and salted caramel experiment didn't go exactly as planned. It turned out pretty much as I wanted it to composition and texture-wise, but Jake didn't like the caramel. It seems he only likes cheap caramel, not really good caramel (which he says is what I made). He did say that he sees why I like salted caramel, how it really brings out the flavor of the caramel, so I guess that's something.
I didn't much care for the dark chocolate. Maybe it should have been darker? Smearing the extra shortbread with the salted caramel, however, was delicious. It's a really good thing we don't have any vanilla ice cream in the house to pour it over or I would have eaten all the leftovers. We do have popcorn, though, so I might give that a try.
The kale chips, on the other hand, were really good. I've bought Kale chips at Central Market before and didn't like them at all, but these were a totally different story. Light, crispy and salty. It seems I can't get enough salt this weekend.
Update: I let the chocolate bar with shortbread and salted caramel pieces sit in a container in the fridge for a few hours and tried it again and either it's really grown on me or it's gotten better. Regardless, I won't be taking them up to my office after all.
Chocolate Bar with Shortbread and Salted Caramel
- 1 t pure vanilla
- 8 oz dark chocolate
*Note: I used a 7"x 12" baking pan and it turned out fine. Anything similar will work.
Store in the refrigerator for best results.