Most of the time here at BAH, I’m blabbing about the (mis)adventures in my kitchen. We do our eating at home so that’s what I know best. However, there are moments when I come across something while I’m out and about that must be shared. Like Sweet Cascades.
I was tipped off about Sweet Cascades last year when I heard that they sold Old Bay Chocolate Crabs. For those unfamiliar with Old Bay, it’s the traditional spice mix used in these parts for steamed crabs, shrimp, and really just about any other food surface. It was the only thing that The Mistah specifically asked me to send over while he was deployed. If he had his way, he would put it on everything. It’s got a serious kick, like Ninja in a can.
According to what I could find on the Old Bay website, the ingredients include celery salt, mustard, red pepper, black pepper, bay leaves, cloves, allspice, ginger, mace, cardamom, cinnamon, and paprika. The folks at Sweet Cascades take Old Bay and combine it with both dark and milk chocolate to produce a sweet/savory, salty/sweet treat.
Last year, I spent a nice chunk of change so that each Christmas Care Package we sent out of town included some Old Bay Crabs. And in the process of having the order filled, I got to chat with the folks about all sorts of interesting things like tempering chocolate and candy making. I was even lucky enough to sample some of their other treats like drinking chocolate and out of this world dark chocolate disks.
And then a whole year passed before I walked through the door again. Which is a real accomplishment because the shop is less than a block from my office. I pass it twice a day, every day. But I know that regular visits to Sweet Cascades will have me digging in the closet for those jeans that got too big to wear. My sweet tooth will just have to accept that it’s only going to get a Sweet Cascades fix once a year.
Fast forward to last Friday. I popped down the street during lunch to pick up this year’s (smaller) haul of Old Bay Crabs (thanks recession!) and as I’m talking about having seen the shop mentioned on HowChow’s Blog, the conversation suddenly detoured to chocolate covered bacon and would I like to sample some. Hell yes.
I was in heaven. Smokey bacon and milk chocolate heaven. I learned that the bacon is cooked until it is almost charred so that much of the grease is rendered out. Because greasy bacon and chocolate is definitely not heavenly. There might have been more information shared but I was too busy savoring every last bit of goodness to pay attention. Without thinking, I asked for a quarter pound to go. And that bag in the photo? That’s all that’s left.
So I can’t actually show you what chocolate covered crack looks like. But I can tell you where to get it:
8167 Main Street
Ellicott City, MD 21043