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Curry, Caramel, Coconut and Chocolate Tart *Dear Coco Giveaway*


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Chocolate together with smoked chiles?  Chinese five spice?  Curry???  Well, yes, yes and yes!  But before we plunge into flavor adventures, let’s back up a bit.

As you know, there’s nothing else like chocolate.  It is great in both sweet and savory applications; it can be melted, chopped, grated and pulverized into nibs and powder for a multitude of uses; it can be used straight up and intense or blended with sugar and milk for a lighter taste.  And best of all, its deep, universally-loved essence blends beautifully with so many other flavors, each enhancing the other.

For me, the experimenting all started with truffles.  The first truffle flavors I developed professionally for my chocolate business, Dear Coco, were the most familiar: espresso, toasted coconut, salted caramel, peanut, banana, peppermint – classic pairings.  Then came the next level of flavor combinations: green tea, Mexican cinnamon and almond, smoked paprika, chai tea, lime – interesting and a bit different yet still very approachable.  Some unusual, off-the-beaten-path flavors became part of our rotating monthly truffle collections to spread the exotic and fun throughout the year: sesame, apricot anise, passion fruit, lavender, coconut jerk, balsamic vinegar.  Amazing – all these beautiful flavors (and more) blended with chocolate, and they all work – a testament to the beauty and versatility of chocolate.

Even after I developed 38 flavors of truffles, there were still possibilities on my idea list that I hadn’t yet explored.  Since I love making caramel I decided to detour from truffles and try something completely different: blending new spices and aromatics with toffee and then making all of it taste even better by adding chocolate.  And this is how our new Toffee Chocolate Bar line was conceived, developed (after tons of trials and refinements) and finally born.  And am I ever proud!  These unique, textured bars are loaded with flavorful handcrafted toffees, fresh roasted nuts and seeds, smooth premium dark chocolate and a sprinkle of sea salt to balance all the flavors.  With eight different globally-inspired flavors (like our truffles), there is a toffee bar (or several) for everyone.

This dessert is inspired by one of our toffee bars: Madras, which combines sweet curry toffee with roasted sunflower seeds and sea salt in premium Belgian dark chocolate.  Curry and chocolate together might sound strange, but don’t wrinkle your nose – it is surprisingly delicious.  I took the flavor profile of this toffee bar (chocolate, caramel and curry) and added creamy, nutty coconut to create this “4C” double-decker tart (gluten free, dairy free).  This tart features a layer of fragrant, curry-infused caramel topped with a layer of smooth, luscious dark chocolate ganache, all encased in a chewy coconut crust and sprinkled with sea salt.

Try my recipe for this Curry, Caramel, Coconut and Chocolate Tart then enter to WIN.

I hope you’ll embark on a delicious chocolate journey and try this wonderful tart – let me know how you enjoy the chocolate adventure!


Toffee Chocolate Bar Gift Set (all eight flavors) Valued at $54.

Be transported by all eight flavors of Dear Coco’s artisan Toffee Chocolate Bars, hand-tied together with an elegant turquoise organza ribbon.  All natural, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, certified kosher pareve and 100% handcrafted in small batches with no corn syrup, trans fats or preservatives.

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About Rachelle Ferneau


Rachelle Ferneau is pastry chef, chocolatier and owner of Dear Coco Chocolate which specializes in globally-inspired, premium artisan dark chocolate truffles and toffee chocolate bars designed to transport you around the world through chocolate. Dear Coco chocolates are all natural, vegan/beegan, dairy free, gluten free, certified kosher pareve and 100% handcrafted in small batches without corn syrup, trans fats or preservatives. Please visit www.DearCoco.com for more information and to be in touch with Rachelle leave a comment here.




167 Responses to Curry, Caramel, Coconut and Chocolate Tart *Dear Coco Giveaway*

  1. avatar says: dalesusan

    who doesn’t love chocolate. hope i win!

  2. avatar says: shulamuna

    Milk chocolate is great.

  3. I love all of your creative flavor pairings. I want to try all of them!

  4. avatar says: raizy

    Sounds delicious!
    I would lovevto try every flavor.

  5. avatar says: Nechama

    So hard to choose…caramel?

  6. avatar says: heather

    My favorite flavor of chocolate is dark chocolate.

  7. avatar says: cbc

    Wow, what an interesting new product that I would love to try

  8. avatar says: Marcia

    dark chocolate is the best and when you add a hint of chili it gets even better

  9. avatar says: Dennis

    I wasw born a chocoholic and I will never break that addiction.

  10. avatar says: Rust

    The darker the better! :)

  11. avatar says: brocha

    I love any flavor chocolate. but caramel has a special place

  12. I like that it has no corn syrup and is pareve!

  13. avatar says: Zissy


  14. avatar says: Mom in NJ

    All chocolate is good, but milk is my fave.

  15. My favorite flavor of chocolate is dark.

  16. avatar says: Perrie

    Wow! the Sidama flavor looks really great to me!

  17. avatar says: ohyoucook

    My favorite is dark chocolate.

  18. One flavor sounds better than the next – this is a chocolate lover’s dream come true!

  19. avatar says: Yehudit

    we love 80% or more — Equal Exchange Panama type — do you make?

  20. My favorite is dark, bittersweet chocolate paired with raspberry flavors…still the best..

  21. avatar says: blima

    caramel chocolate

  22. avatar says: Loren

    I love any chocolate with caramel!

  23. avatar says: Penina

    WOW! All those different types of chocolate look incredible!! So up my street! Love the idea of Barcelona sea salt, toffee, NUTS and CHOCOLATE!!

  24. avatar says: debbie l

    Tokyo sounds awesome

  25. avatar says: galiah

    I am not very particular about what kind of chocolate– as long as it’s chocolate ;)
    If I had to be specific– I prefer milk chocolate with something in it– nuts, caramel, truffle…

  26. avatar says: DanV

    I like milk chocolate

  27. avatar says: MiriamC

    These sound heavenly!!! I love dark chocolate and paired with fruit or peanut butter is truly heavenly!!

  28. avatar says: Rebecca

    I love chocolate covered almonds- yum!

  29. avatar says: Zoe Lee

    Anything with sea salt :) yum

  30. avatar says: Peryl

    I adore coffee flavored chocolate: think coffee beans and Schmerling cappaccino flavored chocolate!!

  31. avatar says: vickie

    i love all chocolate, but dark or sea salt is my fave.

  32. avatar says: dkny

    My favorite flavor of chocolate is chocolate and more chocolate! I’m not fussy.

  33. avatar says: Gianna

    I like milk chocolate.

  34. I love almost all chocolate, picking a favorite is like picking my favorite child! Ha ha!

  35. avatar says: Susan

    Would love this for all the chocoholics in my life.

  36. avatar says: roberta

    My fave is dark dark chocolate.

  37. I love chocolate!!! The darker the better.

  38. avatar says: Jan

    I love white chocolate!

  39. avatar says: Tovab

    I LOVE chocolate. I have been wanting to try these. They look so good! I love all of the flavors!

  40. avatar says: Pam

    Dark chocolate with coffee! The two flavors pair together so well!

  41. avatar says: Angie P.

    Dark, caramel, sea salted, any chocolate

  42. avatar says: gw

    I really like dark dark chocolate- the 72% cocoa type. I also really like the chocolate raspberry combo

  43. avatar says: Saidi

    Orange dark chocolate.

  44. I prefer milk chocolate

  45. avatar says: Rochel S

    LOVE milk chocolate!

  46. iam a hardcore chocohaloic those flavors
    got me nosie but good

  47. avatar says: Dputter

    I am a true chocoholic, I would love to try these bars!

  48. I had a ginger chocolate bar once and it was my favorite.

  49. avatar says: nechama

    chocolate! my favorite. hope i win

  50. I love any kind of dark chocolate.

  51. Milk Chocolate with Hazelnuts.

  52. avatar says: HilLesha

    I love dark chocolate.

  53. Love dark chocolate

  54. avatar says: Beth R

    Dark chocolate is my favorite.

  55. I love milk chocolate with hazelbuts.

  56. Milk chocolate is my favorite!

  57. avatar says: Vera S

    I love Milk Chocolate best. :)

  58. I love white chocolate

  59. I love Milk chocolate !

  60. avatar says: ses

    Definitely dark chocolate, or dark chocolate with lavender….the darker the better

  61. more like what flavor don’t I like??? Chocoholic household here! maybe only one I don’t love is the really dark, bitter ones.
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  62. I like chocolate with nuts and pretzels.

  63. I love White Chocolate!

  64. avatar says: Jake B

    Milk Choc or White I can’t decide which first lol

  65. I like dark chocolate with mint, toffee or caramel the best.

  66. I love chocolate and peanut butter fudge

  67. I love dark chocolate sea salt caramel.

  68. avatar says: Cynthia C

    I like an excellent quality dark chocolate best.

  69. avatar says: Valencia

    I have to say white chocolate but dark chocolate has been moving up the charts for me lately.

  70. avatar says: chaya k

    i love chocolate!

  71. favorite flavor of chocolate is dark chocolate.

  72. I love dark chocolate with fruit (cherries or raspberries are best!)

  73. avatar says: Denise B.

    I like milk and white chocolate.

  74. avatar says: Willow

    I love dark chocolate with sea salt or chipotle.

  75. I like milk chocolate.

  76. avatar says: Natalie

    I love white chocolate!

  77. I like dark chocolate

  78. avatar says: Ken Z

    White Chocolate

  79. I love dark chocolate

  80. avatar says: Heather E

    My favorite is dark chocolate with sea salt caramel.

  81. White chocolate is my favorite.

  82. avatar says: Donna K

    Milk chocolate is my fave.

  83. avatar says: Meryl

    I like bittersweet 70% cacao.

  84. avatar says: Pat B

    I like milk chocolate

  85. avatar says: gina

    I love most chocolate as long as it also contains nuts, caramel, ganache, peanut butter or toffee. I also love it with sea salt.

  86. Milk chocolate is THE BEST!!!

  87. avatar says: Esther

    I love your Tahiti lime truffles!

  88. I love love love milk chocolate!!

  89. avatar says: Debbie

    I like milk chocolate.

  90. avatar says: Taryn T.

    My favorite type of chocolate is dark chocolate with fruit- like cherries! Thanks for the chance to win!

  91. avatar says: skitter

    dark chocolate raspberry

  92. avatar says: Racheli

    Chocolate with praline! But I’m open to trying all new interesting flavors! ;) I tried this Four C Tart and my family loved it!!! Thanks!

  93. avatar says: Shayna

    Toasted coconut sounds amazing!

  94. I love dark chocolate with raspberries inside.

  95. avatar says: Alex M

    I love mint chocolate!

  96. avatar says: Jenette

    My favorite is milk chocolate.

  97. avatar says: Silky

    I love any chocolate. I love rum balls but as comfort food, I want milk chocolate

  98. avatar says: Sarah

    Would love to try every flavor.I love anything with dark chocolate!

  99. avatar says: Erica S

    I love dark chocolate with toffee or caramel. So hard to find that pareve!

  100. avatar says: Katie K

    i like dark chocolates, esp those with a hint of spice

  101. I love milk chocolate with salted caramel

    Thank you for the nice giveaway!

  102. avatar says: Elise

    I love plain dark chocolate, but chocolate with raspberries or with hazelnuts make me happy too.

  103. Good quality white chocolate.

  104. Milk Chocolate. Mmmmmm

  105. I love dark chocolate the best

  106. avatar says: Diane W

    I love milk chocolate the best

  107. I like semi sweet chocolate.

  108. I like milk chocolate

  109. avatar says: Erica C.

    Dark Chocolate for me.

  110. avatar says: Kayla j

    Dark chocolate!

  111. avatar says: Angela W

    dark chocolate is the best

  112. avatar says: Katie J

    I like dark chocolate with sea salt.

  113. I LOVE white chocolate

  114. I love dark chocolate, but the curry one sounds fascinating – I’d love to try it! Thanks for the great giveaway! — Laura @ Frugal Follies

  115. avatar says: Claire

    I love milk chocolate with salted caramel

  116. avatar says: Becca

    I love dark chocolate, especially with caramel in it :)

  117. i like milk chocolate

  118. avatar says: Nancy

    Dark chocolate with raspberry…..to die for:)

  119. Vegan, gluten free, kosher and pareve? Can’t get any better than that. Any flavor would be delicious but I happen to be partial to chocolate with almonds.

  120. I love dark chocolate the best.

  121. Dark chocolate is the best

  122. avatar says: Vernard

    Milk chocolate is the best!

  123. I love raspberry with some dark chocolate

  124. avatar says: Candie L

    I love white chocolate. Thank you

  125. I really love dark chocolate!

  126. I like milk chocolate best.

  127. avatar says: Jackee

    I like dark chocolate.

  128. I love Milk Chocolate.

  129. I have just started to get into the dark chocolate, Carmel and sea salt

  130. Ideally dark chocolate with nuts.

  131. I love Milk Chocolate

  132. avatar says: liz l

    Milk chocolate is my fav

  133. avatar says: Richard

    loving that dark chocolate!

  134. I like dark chocolate the best

  135. My favorite flavor of chocolate is milk chocolate but I am intrigued by all the exciting additions in your Toffee Chocolate bars.

  136. My favorite flavor of chocolate is milk chocolate but my favorite combination is chocolate & orange. Yums!

  137. avatar says: BeckyJo

    I love….love….love dark chocolate!

  138. avatar says: Sue J.

    My favorite chocolate is milk chocolate!

  139. My favorite flavor chocolate is all chocolate! Milk id my favorite than dark than white

  140. I love white chocolate.

  141. my favorite is milk chocolate

  142. I love milk chocolate and id really love to try the Tokyo
    Toffee Chocolate Bar

  143. My favorite is milk chocolate!

  144. avatar says: beth

    dark chocolate

  145. avatar says: Breanne

    I like white chocolate

  146. Milk chocolate with caramel

  147. Dark chocolate with either cherries or hazelnuts.

  148. I love milk chocolate!

  149. I adore milk chocolate but I would really like to try the Madras Toffee Chocolate Bar

  150. avatar says: cassandra

    i really love dark.

  151. avatar says: Sand

    I love dark chocolate!

  152. avatar says: heather c

    Milk Chocolate paired with caramel and salt.

  153. Milk is my favorite flavor.

  154. Milk Chocolate is my favorite!

  155. avatar says: Julie N

    Chocolate and Curry, WOW, I’d never have thought to combine the two, but now I will have to experiment.

  156. avatar says: Rache

    I made this tart and it was delicious. The instructions were really clear!!! Of course, it didn’t look ‘exactly’ like the one in the picture… Hopefully I’ll get the consistency right next time.

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