Self induced heart attack... by donuts
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Yea I am not a fan of Cayenne pepper. I would pick something else for the spice.
Though sea salt + dark chocolate is so much better that sea salt in caramel. Though I am not a big caramel fan.
Still the best donuts I ever had was in Ocean City, Maryland. Liquid Assets, a restaurant + Liquor store. They have a desert that is a freshly made donut with the topping of the day. Mine was peanut butter and jelly donuts. Few moments happen when food can drown out everything else around you. These donuts shut off the world.
Probably not, but I know people who eat chocolate fudge and red chili peppers. Straight up. Not for me though.
I have no problems eating really spicy food, so sweet and spicy is interesting to me.
Salt basically turns up your taste buds, enhancing the sweet flavors and cutting bitterness. For those who drink coffee, you can add a tiny pinch of salt (not enough to taste salty) and it will require less sugar to cover the bitterness, therefore tasting better, especially if you have soft water. Same deal with chocolate which is very bitter by itself, and caramel which has poor, one dimensional flavor without the salt. Or you can look at the margarita, which uses salt and acidity to balance everything.
We are wired to love salt and we don't really taste some foods properly without it.
As for the spicy, I don't go much for Jalapeños, since I find them to taste pretty lame. There are much hotter and more flavorful peppers out there, including habaneros which have a slight fruity flavor to them in small amounts. One of the best desserts I ever made was a strawberry mango salsa with a touch of fresh habanero served over some ice cream.
You are welcome to your own tastes in food but that kind of stuff done well can be delicious. I do think it gets a bit overdone at a certain point but that donut seems tasty, I'd be all over the lemon poppy seed ones though.