Seattle's popular Hot Cakes is known for their molten chocolate cakes and boozy milkshakes, but I had no idea they were offering a Totally Vegan Caramel Sauce ($12). Using a traditional caramelizing process, it results in a slightly smoky note while organic coconut and hemp milks bring out a rich, decadent texture that's unusual in a vegan product. Not too sweet nor too salty, it's a balanced sauce that didn't need any butter. The love and labor involved with this recipe is obvious. Warning: you won't be able to stop eating this right out of the jar!
They don't market it as a vegan-friendly product, but the signature organic Dark Chocolate Sauce ($10) doesn't contain dairy. The high cocoa content brings a deep chocolatey taste to satisfy any dessert lover, yet the texture is thin enough to make an effortless hot chocolate. You can also use it drizzle on ice cream, strawberries or on top of a layer cake.
It's obvious that Hot Cakes puts a huge emphasis on artisanal quality and awesome flavor. I can't wait to try their other vegan options the next time I'm in the Ballard area.
To buy their sauces: www.getyourhotcakes.com
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