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A salty (and sweet) tale

March 11th, 2011 Issue dayid

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I scream; you scream; we all scream for salted caramel ice cream. Who can resist that intoxicating blend of salty and sweet? It's so much better than bitter and sweet, or even worse, cloying and sweet.

Particularly wonderful for dessert are the dark chocolate profiteroles with salted caramel ice cream and spiced pecans ($9) from Cafe/Bar Lurcat.

But even those who stalk the Izzy's website for its excellent version of the ice cream sometimes want to mix it up a bit and get the salt and the caramel in a different form. Well, head over to Butcher Block (pictured) on E. Hennepin for the luxurious chocolate torta, made with caramel, sea salt and olive oil, and topped with a tiny cookie cleaver ($9).

Or elbow your way past the lovely condo dwellers of the North Loop and find a spot at Nick and Eddie's butterscotch pudding ($5) is delicious, and comes with some sweet little cookies.

Or maybe you'd like to have some salted caramel treats on hand at home -- in case of a snacking emergency. Lunds/Byerly's has boxes of sea salt caramel chocolates ($7.99 for a half-pound; $14.99 for a pound). There's enough to share (if you want to, that is).

Because once you've developed a craving for salt and caramel, you need to know where to get your fix.

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