You can’t meet Sarah Hart, proprietor of Alma Chocolate, and not fall in love with her. Insightful, funny, warm, effortlessly stylish and naturally gorgeous, she’s one of those women you wish you could be, and always be around.
It would be easy to love Sarah’s chocolates simply because she made them, but they stole our hearts long before we met her. They are, quite simply, the best in Portland if not the country. Her Thai peanut butter cup, her rosemary ganache bon bon, her crunchy barks and toffees — they’re our go-tos when we need a pick-me-up, an incentive, a reward, a gift. (Lucky for us, her shop is around the corner from our studio.)
But her caramel sauces have become a fridge staple. They’re rich and silky with a satisfying burnt sugar bite that’s often missing in other store-bought versions. She takes her caramel to the edge, and that’s exactly how we like it.
Her salted caramel is knee-buckling delicious on just about anything. I love to use it as a dip for apple slices (that’s my kind of healthy snack). But her white dog whiskey version is the one to pull out for guests. It’s boozy, but in an unexpected way. The unaged whiskey gives it a cereal-like richness that goes great with the caramel. It’s divine on vanilla ice cream, yes, but it’s just as good licked from the spoon.
140 NE 28th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97232