October 2017

Salted Caramel

Pecan Deluxe Candy (Europe) Ltd is helping to meet the enduring consumer demand for salted caramel, with the launch of two new additions to its fudge range.

The enhanced fudge selection offers a range of salt levels and even a sea salt option, providing a choice for numerous applications. Perfect for adding to ice cream or as sundae toppings, the bakestable properties of two of the fudges also make them ideal for baked treats such as pastries, puddings, traybakes and cookies. Pecan Deluxe can fat coat the products for use in chilled or frozen desserts, for example – or add an indulgent touch and an extra dimension with chocolate coating.

An Enduring Trend

According to Mintel there have been dozens of new product launches based on salted caramel applications in the last year alone, from cookies to cakes, ice cream applications to simple squeezy or pouring sauces. Pecan Deluxe’s latest fudges have been developed and launched in direct response to demand from food manufacturers for a greater choice of ingredients in salted caramel flavours. And course they are even more versatile in combination with other Pecan inclusions such as chocolate, pralines and ribbon sauces – options only limited by imagination.

Pecan Deluxe R&D Director Liz Jones explained: “Every season sees the emergence of experimental new flavour combinations but many have a brief lifespan until the next innovation – chilli chocolate, anyone? Salted caramel has endured like few other flavour combinations, its secret being the layered contrast: the caramel sweetness sends energy signals to our brain, whilst the salt is interpreted as a compound that our system needs to function – and of course it’s a flavour enhancer as long as the sweet/salty proportions are just right.

“Salted caramel was first invented nearly 40 years ago by a chocolatier called Henri Le Roux, based in Brittany, France, which was famed for its high quality salted butter, and it’s still going strong. We’ll doubtless still see crazy new flavour combinations come to market each year but salted caramel has an enduring appeal that’s hard to beat, and we’re delighted to provide new ingredients that will help manufacturers meet demand and maintain its popularity across multiple market sectors.”