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Salted Agbalumo Caramels

by on March 25, 2015

If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again. Whether that be in love or toffee.


No, I don’t give up that easily. Where powdered milk and glucose wouldn’t do the trick to form a delightful Agbalumo toffee, cream, maple syrup and light corn syrup did.


While I applaud my genius and daring at exploring the combination of toasted egusi seeds, dried agbalumo and caramel, I have to say I found it vile. All I could taste was sweet egusi and that friends was plain wrong. Just wrong.

Moving on swiftly, the other half, sans egusi seeds was delish – sweet and sour and chewy, from the deep freezer.

These were a hit with my daughters’ friends. My own children being a bit more cautious. Sigh, I blame them not for they have been worthy recipients of my nighttime musings and daytime explorations – some fancy, some bad. 

I loved how easy these were to make though.

All I have to say is this three

  • Keep an eye on the caramel
  • Do not leave the kitchen as it cooks, or take your eyes off it for more than seconds otherwise burnt.
  • Do not, I repeat, do not taste hot caramel no matter how excited you are. You’ll have the memory burned on your tongue. For a long, painful time to come.

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I’m not sure the salt was needed here – it came more to me a shock when I took a bite. Not unpleasant as much as unnecessary – the agbalumo has enough flavour dimensions to compensate for the sweet of the caramel. Still it was a good try.


I loved how you could see bits of the dark read agbalumo, contrasting with the toffee brown of the caramel.


Most of all, I loveeeeeeee the way it looked when wrapped in hand-cut wax paper. So, so professional. It wouldn’t surprise me if these were found in a jar in a nice small shop selling artisan products 🙂


If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself up and try again. You just might.

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