Esprit Du Sel Sea Salt Caramel

France

Ultimate French Caramel produced on the Ile de Re

Rich caramels flavor is heightened by Esprit du Sel's Fleur de Sel

Made from certified butter from the Charentes-Poitou region of France and Pineu des Charentes wine

Tender, creamy and delicious

Available in: 5 oz / 16 pieces

$15.00

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These are the ultimate French caramels produced on the Island of Re on France's Atlantic coast. These luscious caramels are known as the "saunier's (salt gatherer's) delight because their rich flavor is heightened by a pinch of genuine fleur de sel "flower of the salt." Made by combining certified butter from the Charentes-Poitou region, sugar, spices and Pineau des Charentes wine. This combination imparts the characteristic tender, creamy quality and lingering taste of this authentic French country caramel.

Harvesting since the XII th century, the Île de Ré, or Isle of Ré, is the most historic place for French sea salt harvesting. The Sel Gris was the most important product produced on the island, and was shipped all over France and Europe to be used to conserve meats and fish during hunting, fishing and transit. In the 1920s, with the invention of machine harvesting and the railways gaining popularity, the consumers turned to machine harvested salts as to save time and money. The salt industry on the Island drastically dropped until the 1970s.

 

The salt marshes on the Île de Ré are located 40 km from the coastline, insuring clean water intake, free from the risks of maritime and land pollution, which is unique because of the multiple basins that are used to store incoming ocean water, and the natural plants and plankton that naturally filter the water. The salt pans are much smaller than those of Guérande, and they use a primary « dosage / feeding pool » that allows the salt-workers to slowly let water into the final salt pans and control the quality and salinity of the water before harvesting.

 

The Sel marin is exceptional due to its high nutrient content coming from the unique clay lined beds found specifically on the Island. The Fleur de Sel is unique because of its small, delicate crystals, and soft, non-aggressive taste.