Henri Le Roux was the first chocolatier to formally introduce us to the world of salty and sweet in the late 1970’s. After months of experimentation, the ingenious Frenchman sparked a salted caramel revolution and it quickly become one of the most addictive substances of the confectionery world and beyond.
Based in Brittany, Le Roux was looking to achieve a product to differentiate him from other chocolatiers in the area. With the proliferation of high quality, delicious salted butter in the region, he knew he wanted to highlight that ingredient, and he came up with his crowning achievement – a salted butter caramel with crushed nuts for a unique texture.
Since its conception, salted caramel has been featured in breakfast cereals, dairy, snacks, desserts and ice cream, ready-to-drink beverages; and of course in confectionery where the flavour pairing with milk or dark chocolate perfectly demonstrates how a sweet and salty flavour profile has a huge amount of staying power. Simply scan the dessert or confectionary ailes in supermarkets, or browse within artisan chocolatiers in your local high street and you’ll see how salted caramel has become a firm favourite.
Langleys Salted Caramel Rocky Road
Here at Langleys, we’ve worked hard on achieving the perfect blend of sweet and salt in our Salted Caramel Rocky Road. We have been aware for many years that there is a surprisingly scientific reason why we can’t get enough of that sweet and salty flavour. Apparently, it comes down to ‘hedonic escalation’ – which is a fancy way of saying someone is in the grips of enjoying a moreish food. With each bite the chocolate becomes more and more enjoyable and instead of easing your appetite, the flavours actually stimulate it. Is this the perfect combination for chocolatiers as well as consumers?… we certainly think so.
Our Salted Caramel Rocky Road featuring Cornish Seasalt has been a firm favourite with our customers and retailers for many years, and after receiving a Taste of the West Commended status in 2019 we haven’t looked back. At Christmas and Easter we feature salted caramel in a big way, and as we head into the second half of the summer we are gearing up to give chocolate lovers the perfect gift this Christmas. If you’re licking your lips as you read this, imagine the feeling of wanting more once you’ve tasted this wonderful flavour combo!