Life is packed with many hard decisions: what career path to take, where to live, whether to rent or buy a home, do you want to get married and/or have kids, etc. Luckily, in the flavor world, you can have your cake and eat it too. The biggest conundrum is often whether to satisfy your sweet or salty cravings…but why choose when you can have both?
Kettle corn, salted caramels, chocolate-covered bacon/pretzels/chips, trail mixes, salty cheeses and fruit; the variety of popular sweet and salty foods is endless. But why? What exactly about sweet and salt is such an exciting sensory experience?
Well, as you may already know, we have five primary tastes: sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami. Many of the sugar receptors were thought to be found in the stomach only. However, as of recent, the SGLT1 receptor was also found in the mouth. This receptor transfers sugar into your cells when sodium is present; one of the reasons why salt seems to actually increase the sweetness of baked goods and candies (in addition to it already being a flavor enhancer).
In addition to the receptors, the nature of humans in general is to desire a variety of foods and flavors. Splitting up sweet and salty helps avoid sensory specific satiety and activates multiple taste sensors at once, allowing you to keep enjoying food with a sweet and salty mix. These cravings for diversity and flavor varieties, have led to the rise of many culinary trends; one of the most popular being salted caramel. In fact, while other trends such as pumpkin spice have seemed to slowly fade, salted caramel continues to remain on top!
At The Spice & Tea Exchange®, Salted Caramel Sugar is one of our most popular products. Incorporating all the flavors of the trend, it makes a delicious topping for: candied nuts, popcorn, sliced apples, and baked goods and a delicious rimmer for cream-based cocktails, cocoa, or coffee. With every intention of helping you bring this delicious trend to your kitchen, here are two NEW sweet & salty recipes:
Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pies – Sweet, warm, and gooey, these cute handheld treats provide a quick snack, a cure for your salted caramel craving, or a fun party dessert!
Salted Caramel Monkey Bread – Fresh out of the oven, this gooey caramel monkey bread is loaded with Salted Caramel Sugar and oozing with cream cheese for sticky caramel-crusted heaven.