It was a year or two ago that salted caramel officially waltzed into our lives, captivating our tastebuds with its salty, sweet perfection. Our obsession with the stuff isn’t going anywhere… we smear it on cakes, stir it into ice cream, smash it back in rum shakes and even eat it by the spoon (no, just us?).
We’re clinging onto salted caramel for dear life and praying that its popularity at some of Auckland’s best cafes, restaurants and ice creameries is here to stay. In a bid to make that happen, we’ve searched high and low for the best salted caramel everything in Auckland so you can get eternally hooked on the stuff, too—in all its glorious forms.
Time is of the essence! Go get these salted caramel creations, stat.
Salted Caramel Hardshake
Salted caramel and rum, we think you might be soul mates. Especially when you’re blended in such a delicious manner. Orleans’ new salted caramel hardshake is laced with Stolen spiced rum, topped with caramel popcorn, and guaranteed to give you one helluva tipsy sugar high.
Apple Pie Fries with Salted Caramel Dipping Sauce
Al’s Deli, Auckland CBD
This, ladies and gentlemen, is salted caramel ingenuity at its finest. Simple but oh so good. Al’s Deli sandwich apple pie puree between short pastry and slice it into thin strips. The hero, however is the salted caramel dipping sauce. Dip, eat, repeat.
Salted Caramel Chocolate Pot
The Garden Shed, Mt Eden
Tucking into The Garden Shed’s salted caramel chocolate pot ends up being one of those ‘I eat it and I smile’ moments. It’s so damn heavenly, you can’t help but grin a little. A gorgeous layer of salted caramel sits below a rich layer of chocolate. Grab that spoon and dig for gold.
Amped Up Salted Caramel Gelato
Giapo, Auckland CBD
In the Auckland ice cream realm, Giapo is king. The talented Giapo has created something truly magical—Giapo Buono. He starts with a perfect scoop of his salted caramel gelato, rolls it in crushed amaretti biscuits, pipes on Italian meringue (torched before your very eyes!) and then delicately garnishes with gold hazelnut praline… yep, it’s nothing short of a masterpiece. All hail Giapo!
Salted Caramel Apple Pie
The Pie Piper
Salted caramel and apple seems to be a thing, and we’re more than okay with that. The lovely Pie Piper ladies have combined the two in their made-from-scratch (and with love) salted caramel apple pie. Order it online and devour with scoops of ice cream from the comfort of your own couch.
Chocolate, Beetroot and Salted Caramel Cake
Little & Friday, Newmarket, Ponsonby, Belmont and CBD
These little things are dangerous. Beetroot, huh? It’s all too easy to convince yourself that Little & Friday’s chocolate, beetroot and salted caramel cakes aren’t naughty… and ‘accidently’ down a few in one sitting. The salted caramel takes a bit of a back seat in this cake. It’s the harmonious flavour union of the three that keeps us coming back for more.
Salted Caramel Popcorn Semifreddo
Gusto at the Grand, SKYCITY
If salted caramel ever decided to get fancy and don a bow tie, this is what it’d look like. Gusto’s Sean Connolly is the mastermind behind this sweet, creamy, crunchy and of course, salty dessert. An absolutely delicious way to finish a dinner at Gusto.
Banana and Salted Caramel Loaf
Bluebells Cakery, Eden Terrace & Hillsborough
So you’re at Bluebells Cakery, treating yourself to a sweet treat or five and you notice the banana and salted caramel loaf sitting there in all its glory. Get it. In fact, get a couple. These loaves are the rectangles of happiness, piled high with icing and drizzled in salted caramel sauce.
Salted Caramel Torte
The Raw Kitchen, Ponsonby
Olivia, you fabulous human. This chick behind The Raw Kitchen has created a raw salted caramel torte—salted caramel cream, chocolate cream, more salted caramel in the middle, all in cased in a cacao crust. It’s deceivingly decadent and we can’t rave about it enough.
Salted Caramel Gelato Stick
Miann, Auckland CBD
At this stage you might be slipping into a salted caramel coma… but keep powering on! The newly opened Miann crafts a bloody brilliant salted caramel gelato stick. It. Will. Blow. Your. Mind.
Image credit: Louise Coghill