First Lady Michelle Obama prefer’s Fran’s dark chocolate salted caramels. POTUS Barack Obama prefers the milk chocolate salted caramels from Fran’s.

November 6, 2012 is Election Day in the United States. In the spirit of patriotism, this post is dedicated to the POTUS’s favorite chocolates, which are the smoked salt caramels from Fran’s chocolates in Seattle. Fran’s is a gorgeous little jewel box of a store located in the lobby of the Four Seasons Seattle which has a dazzling array of artisanal chocolate goodness. Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the United States is rumored to slightly prefer the gray salt caramels which are dipped in the 64% dark chocolate and sprinkled with gray sea salt harvest off the coast of Brittany.

In the name of research, I felt the need to taste both on my recent trip to Seattle. Both are delectable, but I had to side with the Commander in Chief on this one. Perhaps it’s the Halen Mon sea salt that has been smoked over Welsh oak that put me over the top on this pressing decision.

 

On my next trip I hope to try Fran’s single malt whiskey truffles, which combine distilled barrel-aged single malt whiskey and a yummy dark ganache, dipped in dark chocolate.

If you’re not going to be in the Emerald State any time soon, Fran’s Chocolates can be ordered online and are perfect for holiday gifting. A 7 piece assortment of gray and smoked salt caramels costs $12.50 making it a bit of a budget luxury. Why not order a box and cast your vote? You don’t have to be 18 or a US citizen to enjoy Fran’s.

Fran’s Chocolates is located in the sublime yet subtle lobby of the Four Seasons Seattle.

Sick of political spin? Then skip the salted caramels and go for the truffles. Oolong tea, hazelnut crunch and pure bittersweet are just a few of Fran’s truffle flavors.

 

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