Our classic caramel is infused with the bold and intense yet sweet perfume of the Madagascar vanilla bean. It is bathed in a 55% dark chocolate couverture and finished with a little Alaea Hawaiian sea salt. There are many perks and special qualities to consider when tasting this delicious treat...
The vanilla bean that we use in this infusion comes from a orchid called the Vanilla planifolia. This is a unique flower. It grows as a vine and will grow as high as its beam or tree can support it. It flowers one day out of the year and one flower produces one fruit. The Vanilla planifolia flowers are hermaphroditic meaning they carry both male and female organs, however they cannot self-pollinate. Until the late 1800’s the only way the fruit was pollinated was naturally. The natural pollination is completed by a small bee native to Mexico known as the Melipone black bee. Vanilla beans are said to be an aphrodisiac, they are widely used in aromatherapy and in pre-Columbian times used as a remedy for fevers.
Health benefits from chocolate? Studies show that confections containing dark chocolate are a rich source of the flavonoids epicatechin and gallic acid, which contain cardio protective properties. These same flavonoids prevent excessive clumping together of blood platelets that can cause blood clots. Furthermore the saturated fats found in 55% dark chocolate do not elevate the body’s cholesterol levels and the amino acid arginine, which is required for the production of nitric oxide, is found in abundance in 55% dark chocolate. Nitric oxide causes blood vessels to dilate, which helps to regulate blood flow, inflammation, and blood pressure.
Alaea Hawaiian Sea Salt
This salt is unrefined Hawaiian sea salt that is harvested from the waters surrounding the island of Molokai. It gets its reddish color from Hawaiian clay called alaea, which is rich in iron oxide. This unique salt contains over 80 trace minerals including iron, magnesium, potassium, fluoride, calcium, and chloride. Traditionally used by Hawaiians to cleanse, purify and bless tools, canoes, homes and temples.