March 26, 2007
World-Class Caramels from DAS
DAS Foods, in Chicago, Illinois, to be specific.
I read about these caramels (above) a month or so ago in passing, and ordered some.
Long story short: not only are they — by far — the best caramels I've ever eaten, I've already reordered (and, alas, finished that supply as well last evening).
But I digress.
Katie Das, their creator, hand-wrote a note on my first order sheet explaining that she delayed shipping it one day so as to send the very freshest ones she had, just made that day.
Each box is hand-dated with a "Best by" date.
Tell you what (as I emailed her then): that's the kind of delay I love.
Okay, then, what makes these caramels so good and sui generis, not even remotely like the Kraft cubes I grew up thinking of as generic caramels?
1) The mouthfeel is extraordinary — silky-smooth and beautifully counterpointing the crunch of the sea salt on top or the walnuts within
2) They're not too sweet
3) They last longer than one might expect once on the tongue
4) The very delicate wax paper wrapping is sometimes a bit difficult to remove, but after a while I grew to like this feature — it prolongs the anticipation of the treat to follow
5) The packaging, in very elegantly designed, clear-windowed boxes with a closure that would do Steve Jobs proud, is just right
I confess to having eaten nothing but these caramels for several days in a row after receiving them — there was nothing I could think of remotely as good, so why fool around?
Five flavors are available: Chai Latte, Classic, Orange & Honey, Lemon & Honey and Chocolate Walnut (below)
which contains — in addition to dark chocolate and walnuts — ancho chilies, ground pepper, cinnamon and fleur de sel.
Each variety costs $5.99 for 18 pieces (4 oz.) — cheap at twice the price.
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I sampled them at a wine tasting....they are great! I make caramel during the holidays but I have to admit mine are not even close to tasting as good as these. I was wondering if anyone knew how to cut them and where to purchase the papers they are wrapped in?
Posted by: sonya kandan | May 5, 2008 5:58:47 PM
I have eaten these.
And they are extremely good. EXTREMELY
My boyfriend threatened to break up with me because I hid the fact of their existence from him for 10 days.
Posted by: IB | Apr 26, 2007 11:31:12 AM
Might I suggest you not go to bed with one in your mouth; as I recall that's when you get your yearly root canal. Touche'
Posted by: caroline | Mar 28, 2007 9:44:33 AM
Two more pieces of the puzzle that is boj!
Skinny and evil!
Posted by: Flautist | Mar 27, 2007 1:37:37 PM
Yeah, thanks Joe.....thanks A LOT! It's Lent and I'm supposed to be sacrificing and fasting for another 2 weeks----so much for that. I'm placing my order as soon as this message is posted. You're truly the devil in disguise!!!!!
Posted by: Maureen | Mar 27, 2007 12:38:49 AM
I MUST stop reading your food posts. I WANT the chocolate caramels SO bad, but I don't think they ship out of the U.S. Have contacted them to ask.
You're evil Joe. EEeeeeevil.
Posted by: IB | Mar 26, 2007 11:42:25 PM
You seem very trim, how on earth do you stay that way and eat these goodie? Must be eating them while on the treadmill I guess. Enjoy them now because once you hit 60...that's it. Metabolism stops.
Posted by: Jackie | Mar 26, 2007 6:22:20 PM
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