November 2011: Salted Galapagos Turtles

November 2011: Salted Galapagos Turtles

8 turtles, 11 oz.

We originally made these turtles as our November 2011 Chocolate of the Month, but they are so popular that we're making them year-round. Here's the product description from when they were announced:

What is it about fall and toasty sugar? We've sure been making a lot of caramel around these parts. Our Halloween caramel apples kept us busy for weeks, and our Rosemary Sea Salt Caramels and Croissant-infused Caramels continue to be bestsellers. 

When we started talking about November chocolates, nuts and caramel kept popping into our heads. So I bought some pecans, toasted them to bring out their maximum nutty depth, and set about making a big batch of caramel. We dropped spoonfuls of it onto sheet pans, pressed pecans into each caramel puddle, and dipped each newly-formed turtle into pure semisweet chocolate. We left the turtle "heads" uncovered, so they looked like they were shyly poking their pecan heads out of their chocolatey shells. A sprinkle of super fancy fleur de sel sea salt completed the confection, and November's chocolate was born. 

We were chatting about what made our turtles different from standard mass-produced supermarket sugary turtles (as you may have noticed, I have a propensity to make insanely bizarre chocolates and it took some convincing from everyone else that turtles weren't too "ordinary" for a Chocolate of the Month...). My right hand woman (and chocolatier extraordinaire) Maresa said that because they were vegan, organic, and handcrafted with high-quality ingredients, our turtles were "just...more evolved than typical turtles. Ours are...Galapagos Turtles!" she said, in reference to Charles Darwin's study of the giant tortoises of the Galapagos islands which led to his famous theory of evolution. 

Being big fans of evolution, we immediately adored this idea. We like to think we're making more "evolved" confections by living out our passion for chocolate-making while refusing to compromise our ethical standards. 

As Emma Goldman almost definitely would have put it if she'd had one of our turtles: If I can't eat salted caramel + chocolate + toasted pecans I don't want to be a part of your revolution! 

Ingredients: Organic coconut milk (coconut milk, guar gum [a natural emulsifier]), organic coconut butter, organic and fair trade dark chocolate (cocoa paste, cocoa butter, non bone-char brown sugar, soy lecithin, vanilla), organic pecans, organic corn syrup (not high-fructose), organic lemon juice, organic homemade vanilla, fleur de sel sea salt. 

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