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Show us your caramel gold inspiration and win!!

What is Caramel Gold? – Moments, images and inspirational words that inspire the sensations.

#caramelgold

 

 

 

Caramel Gold can be:
A. Smooth
B. Rich
C. Sweet
D. Golden
E. All of the Above

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Enter:
On Twitter and Instagram: Use hashtag #caramelgold on your posts
On Facebook: Post your caramel gold inspiration to our page.




We will pick THREE of our favorite caramel gold moments to win –
4 oz.each of Le Bon Garcon's flavor or month and original salted caramels.

That is 8 ounces of caramel gold, baby!

Winners will be selected Friday April 3rd, 2015.


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  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 1-1/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 8 oz of almonds
  • ½ cup of syrup
  • pinch of cloves
  • pinch of cayenne

Combine the water, sugar, salt and honey in a pan. Heat the syrup. Let the syrup boil for 3-4 minutes until it thickens up slightly.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine the almonds, the syrup, and the spices in a bowl. Place a Silpat or parchment paper on a sheet pan preferably with a lip on all four sides so that the sugar does not spill onto the bottom of your oven. Pour the almonds and syrup on Silpat or parchment paper.

Bake for 12-14 minutes. Take the pan out of the oven. Stir the nuts on the pan in order to coat the nuts with the caramelized syrup on the pan. Separate the nuts on the pan with two forks. Be careful not to burn yourself. Coat the nuts with a little bit of oil to keep the separated nuts from sticking to one another. Pour the nuts into a bowl or onto a plate to cool off. Store in a dry, airtight container so that the nuts don’t get humid and sticky.

Note: You can play with the flavoring--I like to use a little bit of sesame oil and some Japanese furikaki to make a Japanese-inspired snack. You can also use olive oil, salt and Parmesan to create a savory snack.

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I am a golden god #caramelgold"I am a Golden God." Robert Plant's words were forever immortalized in the scene from "Almost Famous" where rockstar Russell jumps from the rooftop into a suburban pool.

Look up "golden" in a urban dictionary and it will tell you it means just the right amount of intoxication. "I am good, I am golden."

We believe in experiencing all kinds of golden moments, being intoxicated on life and simple indulgences. This is the inspiration that flows through every caramel we make.

So we wondered...how could we share and experience golden moments more with you?


Today I am Golden #caramelgoldThis month look for an announcement from us kicking off a photo contest called #caramelgold.  "Caramel Gold" inspiration transcends past just being golden. It is about being smooth, sweet and sensation-able. We will use the Caramel Gold hashtag to share what inspires us and can't wait to see what inspires you. So start looking for inspiration and feel free to share now.


Oh...and we are spiking our flavor of the month with a little Jameson whiskey for more inspiration and to honor our Irish friends.

Worried you will miss the announcement about the contest details and prizes? Sign up for our mailing list now.

 

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Ingredients

6 oz of pitted dates
1 tsp of baking soda
1.25 cups of boiling water
1 tsp of soy sauce (optional)

2 oz of butter ( ½ stick of butter)
2 Tbsp of Ovaltine (optional)
¼ cup + 1 Tbsp of granulated sugar
¼ cup + 1 Tbsp of dark brown sugar
⅛ tsp of white pepper (optional)
⅛ tsp of dried ginger
⅛ tsp of cinnamon
pinch of cloves

2 room temperature eggs, beaten

1.25 cups of All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp of baking powder

Toffee Sauce Ingredients
4 oz of butter (1 stick)
¾ cup of dark brown sugar
½ cup of heavy cream

Method
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Put the dates, baking soda, and soy sauce in the boiling water and let soak until the dates soften. (I usually let mine sit overnight in the fridge)
Puree the dates in a blender or food processor when the dates become soft.
Mix the Ovaltine, white pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves into the granulated sugar until uniform.
Beat the butter with the sugar-spice mixture and brown sugar until it lightens in color (about 4-5 minutes on medium high speed)
While the creaming the butter with the sugar, mix the baking powder and AP flour together until fully mixed.
Slow down the mixer to medium low and add the beaten eggs slowly making sure that the mixture becomes as uniform as possible.
With the mixer on medium low speed, slowly add the flour-baking powder mixture in a couple of additions and mix until uniform.
Fold the date puree into the batter in three additions.
Pour the batter into a buttered oven-proof dish ( I use a Pyrex bowl that is 8 inches in diameter and 3 inches deep)
Place in the pre-heated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes.
Poke the middle of a cake with a skewer to test for doneness. If it does not come out clean, bake the cake longer.
When the cake has cooled enough, cover the cake with foil or plastic wrap to make sure that moisture does not escape.

Toffee Sauce Method
Heat the butter and brown sugar on low heat until the butter melts.
When the butter has melted, add the cream and bring to a simmer.
Let the toffee sauce simmer for 4-5 minutes.
Take the sauce off the heat and serve over the cake with whipping cream, creme fraiche, or vanilla ice cream

ENJOY!

The soy sauce is optional. (I can’t help it--I’m Chinese and I love soy sauce.) The white pepper and Ovaltine are also optional. I just like to amp up the flavor a little bit. Feel free to experiment with the spice mixture. 

The cake tastes best if left covered overnight so that the cake becomes more moist. To serve, I cut a piece from the cake and microwave it for 30 seconds. I usually serve with toffee sauce and heavy cream on the side, so people can choose how much sauce and cream they want to pour on top.


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Ah, love is in the air…not just because it is February, but also because some of our favorite people at Le Bon Garçon will celebrate their birthdays this month. (hint, hint look for a special promo code coming soon to honor this.) We thought this was a fitting time to reflect with Justin Chao, Le Bon Garçon’s master chef. Justin went to culinary school in Paris at Bellouet Conseil and then practiced his culinary craft at Le Meurice.

Here is what a lover of food, life and sweet indulgent desserts learned about love in France.

10. It is always Time for Romance! Romance is art and nature and taking time to enjoy the little things. One trip to the Musée de la Vie Romantique (Yes, that translates to MUSEUM OF ROMANTICS) in Paris is all you need to set your clock to Amour. 

9. Those that Prepare Meals Together Stay Together. Even if you can’t shop in a charming open market like Marché des Enfants Rouge, shopping with the one you love as you prep for a meal you will later share is incredibly romantic. 

8. Take Me Church. In many ways, love is like connecting to a higher power. Maybe that is why visiting a magnificent church like La Madeleine, a cathedral built to look like a Greek Temple, brings the spirit of love to you. Attending a wedding at a church? Even better.  

7. Get Fruity! There is no such thing as being a tart that is too fruity when it comes to inspiring playful love. Gerard Mulot’s fruit tarts in Paris will convince you of this--if you are unsure.

6. Get Down and Dirty! Some of the most romantic “in-the-moment times” happen after discovering a quaint, little hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Sharing a pizza made for two in a place like Pizza Momo on Rue de Rivoli is what it is all about. We could go there every day and it would never get old.

5. Be Mysterious. Role play. Try something new. Pretend to be a secret spy as you sip tea and people-watch in a tucked-away place like la Mosquée de Paris. 

4. Take A Day Trip. Go somewhere you have never been and experience it through the eyes of your lover or someone you love. Did you know you could visit the gardens that inspired many of Monet’s painting? See Giverny, just a daytrip from Paris. 

3. Put a “Le” in it. Pick your favorite most romantic things to say and learn how to say them in French. For practice, find the best French restaurant in your town, and ask the waiter to help you with your French. Hint: if it has “Le” in the title is it probably going to be romantic as well. Our inspiration- Le Petit Marché in the Marais


2. Use Something Sweet To Get You in the Mood. Second only to our love for caramel, is chocolate: not just any chocolate, but Jean Charles Rochoux’s chocolates. This tiny chocolate shop tucked away in St. Germain, makes the sexiest and smoothest ganache on the planet. 

1. Play and Flirt with Your Food. Food is about sensory experience. Feed someone, and alternate between small and big, sweet and savory bites. Blindfolded? Even better. We take our cue from Christophe Michalak, the executive pastry chef from Plaza Athénée who also happens to be deliciously handsome. 





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Source: lilaclace.blogspot.com and indiewire.com

The unsinkable Debbie Reynolds.     
     

Le Bon Garcon goes to Hollywood

I was thrilled when I heard that Le Bon Garcon salted buttermilk caramels would be included in the 2015 Official SAG Awards Gala gift bag. When I found out that Debbie Reynolds would be honored at the awards show on January 25 with a SAG Lifetime Achievement Award, I was even more excited.  

I’ve admired Debbie Reynolds ever since I first saw Singin’ in the Rain when I was a teenager. Who can forget that scene where she jumps out of the cake to Gene Kelly's surprise?  Through the years, I have followed Debbie Reynolds career and have grown to admire her even more as I've learned about her career and her personal struggles. 

Even after three divorces and near financial ruin, Debbie Reynolds has always retained her unsinkable spirit and buoyant sense of humor.  Ms. Reynolds’ unique brand of determination and unique talent have allowed her flourish in the notoriously competitive entertainment industry. Debbie Reynolds is truly a force to be reckoned with and is the living definition of Unsinkable Gold.

 

What is Unsinkable Gold?

Unsinkable Gold celebrates the individuals who have been able to stand the test of time to truly become iconic. Despite the many challenges that life brings, these individuals continue to shine and never lose what makes them unique.

Are there moments where you just need to let loose and be your unsinkable self no matter what?  Share your #unsinkablegold moments on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Unsinkable Gold Promotion

In honor of Debbie Reynolds, Le Bon Garcon will be offering our Unsinkable Gold Promotion. Order from our website using promo code, UNSINKABLEGOLD, and get 15% off on your caramel purchase this month. Offer expires February 1, 2015.

PROMO CODE: UNSINKABLEGOLD (expires 2/1/2015.)



 

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