Sometimes the oddest food cravings seem to come out of no where. If those cravings involve a real food item, I generally always give myself the go ahead to consume it. I feel it's my body and minds way of telling me I'm lacking something in my diet. Other times my food cravings are directly related to an idea, an emotion, a smell, a spoken word, or more often - an image. When my jaw dropped/eyes widened while viewing a stunning photo in the latest issue of Saveur magazine at the same time a hankerin' for dried apricots hit, chocolate turtles became my must-have on a rainy afternoon.
For those who don't know, Turtles are a chocolate confection/candy prepared and sold by Nestle. Full of chewy caramel, toasted pecans, and milk chocolate, Turtles get their name from the shape of the candy. The nuts peeking out the sides resemble feet, tail, and head while the rounded chocolate top resembles a turtle shell.
To satisfy my cravings, I decided to skip putting money into Nestle's pockets and prepare my own version of Turtles instead. If you're comfortable preparing a homemade caramel sauce, the flavour combinations you can create are endless and more importantly - delicious.
Jar of local honey
The first of 15 Days of Elgin Christmas focuses on one of the worlds favourite sweeteners: honey.
Elgin County has several apiaries and hobbyists that produce a wide variety of honeys. The colour, flavour, and even aroma of a particular variety of honey may differ depending on the nectar source of flowers visited by the honey bees. The colours may range from pale and colourless to dark brown and caramel-like, and the flavour may vary from mild to distinctively bold.
Eating. Drinking. Sharing.