Imagine combining the texture of real butter and the flavors of rich homemade caramel. An instant melting sensation that flows outward from an epicenter of pure velvety awesomeness that is not too sweet and infused with plenty of that subtle burnt sugar flavors. Before you even realize it you're smiling because you just had a orgasm in your mouth and your eyes are threatening to roll back into your cerebrum doing reverse summersaults of joy. The euphoria makes your knees buckle and when you regain coherence you realize you've already unwrapped another and are about to repeat the process.
That's exactly what the Hanabatake Farms in Tokachi, Hokkaido have accomplished with these "raw", or nama caramels. They were so popular earlier in 2009, they would sell out in a flash and be impossible to find at any retailer. But I guess the boom has died down a little, allowing me to partake in this heavenly experience.
Because the Hanabatake Farms produce their own milk, I'm sure this experience can be credited to the freshness and the simplicity of the ingredients. Ingredients include: fresh heavy cream, fresh whole milk, liquid sugar (水飴), granular sugar, honey, butter and vanilla beans.
Hanabatake Farms - http://www.hanabatakebokujo.com/