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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Greatest Flavor Combination Since Vanilla Ice Cream and Root Beer

posted by on May 20 at 15:30 PM


…is clearly salt and caramel.

I first encountered the combination via Fran’s Gray and Smoked Salt Caramels, pictured above and available at Fran’s University Village store. Fran’s pricey delights taught my taste buds a lesson they’ve been itching to replicate ever since, and while Riesens dusted with large-granule sea salt have their charms, they’re no Fran’s.

However, I was just adding Wallingford’s hot new gourmet handmade ice creamery Molly Moon’s to the Stranger Restaurant Guide and noticed some of the ice-cream flavors hyped on Molly Moon’s website, including “Scout” Mint, Vivace Coffee (!), and Salted Caramel (!!).

I shall report back soon.

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Salt and caramel is fucking AWESOME!!!

I just wish it came to us as the result of killing cute little animals! Oh well...

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | May 20, 2008 3:33 PM

I had the balsamic strawberry when I was there on Sunday and it was delicious. Very tart and clean flavor, almost like a yogurt.

Posted by Chris B | May 20, 2008 3:33 PM

There's a limited edition HaagenDazs (or however the hell you spell that shit) flavor that is salted caramel too. I haven't had the Molly Moon's, and it sounds better, but the Haagen Dasz stuff was pretty good.

Posted by meara | May 20, 2008 3:37 PM

I just got those for the first time last Friday and they were amazing! Truly fucking amazing!

Posted by rb | May 20, 2008 3:41 PM

4: I know. It's weird.

Posted by David Schmader | May 20, 2008 3:42 PM

I bet you'd prefer a chocolate-drenched Brett Favre. Salt would find its way into the combination in a matter of minutes.

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 20, 2008 3:46 PM

These have been features of the Cornball dinner party chocolate course for years. But slammin' good to know about salted caramel ice cream at Molly Moon's...I am going there tonight for that shit! Woot!

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | May 20, 2008 3:47 PM

I picked up a pack of three small ones at Whole Foods. They didn't have any price on them. I knew they'd be expensive, but shit... it was $5.99 for three chocolates. They're good. But that wasn't six dollars good.

Posted by JC | May 20, 2008 3:51 PM

There's a fancy ice cream joint in LA called "Scoops" (on the edge of Koreatown, by a bike shop) and they have similar crazy concoctions, all delicious.

One of the best I sampled was White Chocolate Mousse laced with Gray Sea Salt. Fucking mind-blowing.

Eat ice cream today! Molly Moon's is fabulous and it is my birthday!

Posted by kerri harrop | May 20, 2008 3:54 PM

I will happily pay $2 a pop for the Fran's experience once or twice a year for the rest of my life.

Posted by David Schmader | May 20, 2008 3:55 PM

Happy birthday, Lady Harrop!

Posted by David Schmader | May 20, 2008 3:56 PM

These are indeed delicious. Om nom nom nom

Posted by antiuser | May 20, 2008 3:58 PM

@10: me too. Those things are CRIMINALLY INSANE. I'm pretty indifferent to caramel, and chocolate is alright, nothing to freak out about. But those Fran's things are UNBELIEVABLE. Best sweet treat I've ever had -- even better than pickle ice cream.

Posted by Fnarf | May 20, 2008 4:00 PM

I had the "Sweet and Salty" (which is a salted caramel) cake at Baked in Brooklyn last month... and since I'm back in NYC this week perhaps I'll pick up more.

If someone wants me to bring one back... well, there's a price on anything.

Posted by JMR | May 20, 2008 4:02 PM

I fell in love with these at Miette in the Ferry Building, San Francisco. Worth visiting, it will appeal to the little girl in you, with its pink, frilly trim and gorgeous cakes.

Posted by blank12357 | May 20, 2008 4:02 PM

Took the kids to the Molly Moon's grand opening on the 10th. They got chocolate (for free!) and I the salted caramel. It is indeed awesome and I will be back. Thanks Molly!

Posted by gay dad | May 20, 2008 4:14 PM

The week before I got braces I ate about three pounds of Fran's gray salt caramels, because I knew I had to OD or else I wouldn't be able to go two years without them.

Posted by giantladysquirrels | May 20, 2008 4:28 PM

molly moon's got thai ice tea ice cream. 'nuff said.

Posted by skye | May 20, 2008 4:31 PM

Giantladysquirrels, you are an inspiration to us all.

Way to carpe that diem, woman.

Posted by David Schmader | May 20, 2008 4:34 PM

I miss Mallard.

Posted by w7ngman | May 20, 2008 4:38 PM

It's worth chiming in to support your position regarding salty caramels from Fran's. Nothing snarky to add; they're amazing.

Posted by jackie treehorn | May 20, 2008 4:57 PM

Try the salted caramels at Purple wine bar. They'e gooooood.
I'm excited to try Molly Moon's too.

Posted by Chastity | May 20, 2008 5:10 PM

I love love love Fran's salted caramels, just like everyone else. They're also one of the few chocolates my boyfriend ignores. His loss, my gain. Some people are saying Molly Moon's version is too salty, but I'll admit I got excited when I saw it on the menu.

Posted by squidoo | May 20, 2008 5:15 PM

I wish we had them here, or that I lived in a place that wasn't already in the mid-90s so that I could order them. Chocolate, caramel, and salt are a gift from the deity or deities of your choosing.

Posted by Sheryl | May 20, 2008 6:26 PM

I would totally marry those caramels. If they would put pretzels in them I wouldn't eat anything else.

Posted by bronkitis | May 20, 2008 6:58 PM

I'm betting this is both caramelly AND salty:

Posted by I've got big balls. | May 20, 2008 7:32 PM

Salt and caramel? I am skeptical.

Posted by Greg | May 20, 2008 10:46 PM

The salted caramel ice cream at Molly Moon's is really good! So is the Balsamic Strawberry.

I stopped in around 10:30pm on Monday night (they are open until 11pm every night I think). I've heard there have been long weekend day lines. So if you are a grown-up, you may have an easier time getting in and out if you swing by after 8pm.

Posted by j-lon | May 21, 2008 9:24 AM

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