Nomtastic! Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Caramel with Sea Salt

Meet my newest obsession, Trader Joe's 70% Dark Chocolate Caramel with Sea Salt bar. It's very new, and taps into one of the big foodie trends right now: salted caramel, or any variation of the salty/sweet dichotomy:
This bar is utter bliss in my book, and has several things going for it. One, the price. It is only $1.99, which is just stupid cheap. A bag of run of the mill Toll House Morsels will set you back more than that. Two, the salt component isn't just some vague note inside the flowy (I mean, seriously flowy) caramel center, there are actually tiny chunks of sea salt embedded on the bottom of the bar itself, so most every bite is going to have a "pop" of salty to go along with your sweet.

And 3, the flavor itself is fantastic. It's super dark chocolate, which is fine by me, the darker the better. It's got fruity, smoky notes, adequately complex and satisfyingly intense but not overwhelming or busy. The chocolate is very thin and has a very defined snap to it, so the bar is prone to breaking. This makes it somewhat messy, because the caramel is practically liquid. You could always pop it in the freezer to firm it up, but that does tend to dull the flavor.

Trader Joe's is great because they're always coming up with new and interesting products that are relevant to what's on the forefront in foodie land. I hope they keep this one around for a while (some products come and go pretty quickly) because it's one of the more sophisticated chocolate bars I've seen anywhere for the price...nomtastic!

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