Huckleberry Cafe's Salted Caramel Bar

Huckleberry Cafe's Salted Caramel Bar

Huckleberry Cafe's Salted Caramel Bar

Dropped by Huckleberry Cafe in Santa Monica after being inspired to do so from my Tweeps @dianatakesabite and @laocfoodie who had been discussing the cafe’s pizza of the day — purple sprouting broccoli, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions & goat cheese. So I was in line about to close out my bill when I spotted a tray of salted caramel bars in the refrigerated case conveniently located right by the cash register.

They’re the biggest slabs of caramel I’ve ever seen; brownie square size. They look like lemon bars in that the sweet part sits atop a shortbread layer. “Are those too sweet?” I asked the lady behind the counter. “They are pretty rich but you can cut them in squares…they’re my absolute favorite thing ever,” she said. Sold!

The thing is I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat the bar in one sitting. I mean, it’s a huge piece of caramel. But the lady gave me a little plastic container to store it in the fridge between bites.

When I got the bar back to my desk, I cut off a sliver. At this point the caramel was already soft and sticky. I licked my fingers clean of the remnants of the caramel left behind when I picked it up. It was so sweet, brown sugary with that hint of saltiness that hooks you and tricks you into eating more. Reminded me of the fleur de sel caramels I used to make. The hard cookie crust was buttery and crumbled when I cut the bar in pieces. After the first bite I felt a little dizzy from that shot of sugar hitting my bloodstream. OK, one more tiny square and this goes in the fridge.

Thing is, it never made it to the fridge. I kept it on my desk and watched the edges of the caramel square start to round out as it warmed up in the room temperature. The bar got smaller and smaller and then disappeared into my happy belly.

Definitely the best $2.50 I ever spent. Yup! It was only $2.50 for that bar. An awesome deal considering brownie bars at Starbucks usually cost $3+.

Huckleberry Cafe
1014 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401 (map)
(310) 451-2311

10 Responses to Huckleberry Cafe's Salted Caramel Bar
  1. H.C.
    March 3, 2010 | 2:36 pm

    heh, so what else can we convince you to get at Huckleberry next? the fresh fruit crostada? the oat streusel topped mixed berry bar?

    Ugh, my afternoon munchies are kicking in.

  2. Caroline on Crack
    March 3, 2010 | 3:11 pm

    Umm, the lemon pistachio cake, the chocolate pudding, the chocolate vanilla layer cake….what else? What else? 🙂

  3. Diana
    March 3, 2010 | 3:15 pm

    I shouldn’t admit this but on almost every occasion that I’ve had the salted caramel, I’ve eaten the entire thing in one sitting.

    I keep telling myself, “Just one more bite…”

    The next thing I know… GONE! Just guilty little shortbread crumbs remain.

  4. Caroline on Crack
    March 3, 2010 | 3:29 pm

    I concur. As I said, it never made it to the fridge. Finished it in one long sitting.

  5. Mei-Mei
    March 3, 2010 | 7:50 pm

    I love these bars! I bought one and gobbled it up as well! It is a good deal- it lasted at least 1/2 an afternoon in the plastic container which I carried around in my purse! A good substitute for the Boule salted caramels which I can’t find anymore!
    🙁

    • Caroline on Crack
      March 3, 2010 | 11:35 pm

      Mine melted pretty quickly so I don’t know if I’d carry it around in my purse. But then again, it probably wouldn’t last long enough for me to take it anywhere.

  6. Gastronomer
    March 4, 2010 | 12:08 pm

    Can I get a “woot woot”?

    Thanks for sharing! I WANT!

  7. Caroline on Crack
    March 4, 2010 | 12:08 pm

    Woot! Woot! 🙂 I know! I want another one!

  8. jenni h
    March 4, 2010 | 7:16 pm

    Not to gross everyone out… but I think this would go really well with a bacon martini.

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