The original farmstead goat milk caramel, flavored with sea salt & pure bourbon vanilla. Handmade by Louisa Conrad and Lucas Farrell of Big Picture Farm. Photos courtesy of Louisa.
These caramels can be purchased on Knoshbox for a limited time.
I wanted something a little bit earthy to go with these caramels, something that would allow me to really enjoy the sweetness as well as the contrasting flavors, so I selected this Roasted Maté from Culinary Teas. It was a delicious pairing, and the rich, roasted flavor of the Yerba Maté really complimented the sweet, luscious flavor of the caramels.
What I Think:
Well, this is my first time trying caramels made from the milk of a goat … or perhaps I should say, this is the first time, to my knowledge, to be trying caramels made from the milk of a goat. The only thing I think I’ve ever tried with goats milk prior to this is cheese … oh, and yogurt.
The caramels are soft to the bite, so soft that the bite just sort of falls off into the mouth, you don’t have to pull it apart with the bite. They don’t stick to the fingers though. Mmm! Yum! It has a very buttery texture, very smooth and sweet. Not grainy, although I can occasionally note the texture from the sea salt. And I can definitely taste the presence of the sea salt too, as well as the vanilla.
It tastes very creamy and buttery, with a touch of salt that helps to offset the sweetness. I also like how the tangy note from the goats milk also offsets some of the sweetness. The contrast of flavors between sweet, salty and tangy is quite satisfying.
My Final Thoughts:
I really like these! It is something that I probably would have overlooked in the candy aisle, as I probably would have been a bit uncomfortable with the idea of the goats milk if I were shopping for myself. Which is exactly why I love these kinds of sampler boxes – it exposes me to different foods, and grants me the opportunity to try something different without making a huge investment to do so.
And as for the caramels … this is something that I’d be happy to enjoy again. As autumn is finally here (hurray!) I can’t help but wonder how amazing this caramel would taste as a dip for apple slices. YUM!