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Grilled Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Coffee Sandwiches

I like to think I’m kind of a bad ass.

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Hence the double nose piercings, ingredients sleeve on my left arm, chest tattoo front and center, and don’t ef with me front-laced ass kickin’ boots. I listen to bad ass bands like Anti-Flag and No Means No and New Kids on the Block. Oh yeah, and no big deal, but I totally have a Judas Priest t-shirt that’s been shredded to tatters.

I am hard core. Don’t cross me man. I will mess. you. up.

Uhhhh… Right.

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Truth be told: Yes, I do have tattoos and piercings. But I pair my boots with cardigans and floral dresses. I do actually still listen to NKOTB (circa 1988). And the Judas Priest t-shirt was ripped when I bought it. Apparently that’s how the kids roll these days; I can’t even name a song by Judas Priest. But I get lots of high fives walkin’ down “the drive” when I wear it.

I’m nothing, if not authentic.

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I should also note that I’m regularly in bed by 9pm and up by 5:30, I get excited about writing letters and canning and crafting, and my idea of a perfect night is one where I don’t have to get out of my jammie-jams. In fact, I think I’ll start hosting PJ potluck parties to encourage more of that. 

Dude. At 34, I am officially an 88 year old woman.

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Okay, so maybe I’m not really that bad ass.

But you guys. This weekend I made dessert ultra bad ass. And really, when it comes to bad-ass-ness, isn’t that what really matters?

You wouldn’t have found any fluffy cakes or pretty pastries or frosting piped with precision in my kitchen yesterday. Nay, I’m talking about a leather jacket wearing, Bon Jovi rocking, black underwear donning kind of dessert. And greasy to boot.

Just how I like ’em.

In conceiving the dessert, I was inspired by this month’s air drop from Parachute Coffee: La Union Coffee Beans via Rosso Coffee Roasters in Calgary. Being a born and bread bred Albertan (something I attempt to deny with my yoga pants, year round flip flop wearing and affinity for Vancouver), I’m excited to support a Canadian roaster from my home province. With flavours of ripe plum, Brazil nut and cocoa, what better to do with coffee than amalgamate it into a sandwich?

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You know, except make coffee. Which I also did. With the stellar brew kit Parachute sells. It was the coolest way to make coffee ever. Actually, I sent them a private Instagram message and my exact words were: “You guys. This brew kit is fucking cool!” Sure, it’s a bit of a process to hand grind my beans first thing at 5:30am, but man alive I’m gonna have one ripped arm.

Excuse me ladies, which way to the beach? Ow ow!

Now everyone loves a sandwich. Especially when they’re Grilled Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Coffee Sandwiches.

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Pairing the nutty, chocolatey brilliance of the coffee with more chocolate just seemed to be a no brainer. But I also happened to have a jar of (boozy) dulce de leche in the fridge. Uh, okay. Caramel, chocolate, coffee? Hell yes. Sprinkle with a little flaky sea salt like Maldón and you have in your hand, one bad ass, chocolately, caramely, salty, coffeey dessert sandwich! La Union Coffee? I think you mean la union of flavour! 

You wanna argue with me? I can take you. I am bad ass, after all. Or something. Never mind. Just come over for coffee and Grilled Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Coffee Sandwiches before noon. We’ll wear onesies. We’ll talk. We’ll eat. We’ll get hopped up on caffeine nice and early so I can hit my 9pm bed time. Yes?

Grilled Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Coffee Sandwiches




Yield 4 servings


  • 1/4 C Brewed Coffee
  • 1 C Good Quality Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped.
  • 1/4 C Cream
  • 1 Jar Dulce de Leche, room temperature
  • 1 Medium-Sized Loaf Sourdough Bread, thickly cut into slices.
  • Butter for spreading
  • Maldon Salt
  • To serve, Bourbon Soaked Cherries (optional)


  1. Place the chocolate, coffee and cream in a water double boiler over medium heat. If you don't have a double boiler (I don't), pour a couple inches of water in a pot and fit with a heat proof bowl over top. The chocolate, coffee and cream will go in the bowl. Stir constantly to avoid burning until the chocolate melts and the coffee and cream are well incorporated. Remove from the heat and set aside. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
  2. Place a pan - cast iron is my favourite - over medium-high heat. As it warms, butter one side of each piece of bread, just like a grilled cheese sandwich. Place buttered bread in the pan and cook until toasty.
  3. Remove from the pan and slather one half of the bread with as much caffeinated chocolate as you can stand, do the same with the dulce de leche on a second piece. Get messy. Sprinkle one side with salt and marry the two. Cut in half. Repeat until all sandwiches are pieced together.
  4. Skewer with some boozy cherries or fruit.



You can make the dulce de leche, coffee and if desired, bourbon soaked cherries ahead of time, up to 3 days in advance. If you don't have your own boozy cherries, pick some up from an artisan grocer or farmer's market in your area. Or just garnish with fruit - Summer strawberries would be divine here, as would Winter oranges!


What goes into your grilled sandwiches? Ever have a sammy for dessert? Are you a bad ass? How do you take your coffee? What music are you listening to lately? What time do you go to bed? Do you belong to an “…of the month club”? Spill it below!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a brand ambassador for Parachute Coffee and they DID provide me with financial compensation and a bag of Rosso Coffee Beans at no cost to mention their company here. Regardless, I only recommend, giveaway or share products or services I use personally and genuinely believe will be of interest to my readers. All opinions, words and information here are entirely accurate and a reflection of my true experience and were not influenced, in any way, by the above mentioned products or companies. Opinions and views are my own. Because that’s how I roll, yo. I’ve never been one to shut my mouth – I’m not going to start now. If something sucks, why would I waste your time? I wouldn’t. Capiche?

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  • Jacqueline Gum (Jacquie)
    January 18, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    Too funny….of course bad-ass or I wouldn’t be over here reading all the cool shit that you write. I’m in the same bad-ass club as you…in bed by 9, up by 5 am so I can watch the sunrise with coffee laced with milk. Bad ass cuz I drink a whole pot by myself 🙂 Sammy’s are my favorite meal, favorite dessert, just plain favorite thing. But I’ve never had one of these! So, as usual you hit me up with something new, exciting, never heard of it so it must be REALLY bad ass. Which in the end, means I’ll have to try it 🙂
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    • Kristy Gardner
      January 20, 2015 at 1:22 PM

      Amen to that sister.

      PS. You are the absolute epitome of bad-ass. It’s why we’re friends. 😉

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    January 18, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    Good lawd, we are so much alike. I am a bad ass who completes Tough Mudders and gets into bar fights with a dude (I landed a solid punch before we both tumbled to the ground) for ripping my boyfriends shirt. Then again, I love my mornings with my coffee and my cat and fresh, local food is my jam. It’s even better when paired with a mimosa or these sammies Um hello, I want them all, especially the ones with caramel and coffee and chocolate. Yeah, I want them all. I’ll be along soon with my onesie.

    • Kristy Gardner
      January 20, 2015 at 1:23 PM

      I love that you’re violent.

      Also, saved you a seat.

  • Kacey @ The Cookie Writer
    January 18, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    I just had to come here and comment! I agree with the “bad ass” image! I have always had piercings (recently had to take out my wrist piercings after 8+ years!) I love my metal music and hard rock, but I secretly love dresses. Plus, my daughter is super girly even at 3 years old, so I preparing myself for all that stuff I have avoided! However, these coffee sandwiches are super bad ass and I would think a totally amazing and creative person came up with these.
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    • Kristy Gardner
      January 20, 2015 at 1:26 PM

      It was so serendipitous that we had the conversation about coffee and desserts Kacey and then BAM! I published my post. It must have been fate. 🙂

      PS. High five for us badasses. Good luck with the girly daughter. She’s wonderful I’m sure, but I don’t envy you. 😉 If she needs a little roughin up, you send her over here. Uh. That sounds like I’m threatening your daughter. I just mean I’ll feed her bourbon cherries and cake and take her to rock shows. Nope. I’m a bad influence. You keep her and I am sure she’ll grow up to be amazing. You’re amazing so she should be too, yes? Okay. I’m gonna stop talking now. I’ve clearly had too much coffee today.

  • Becky
    January 19, 2015 at 6:41 AM

    “You’ve got another thing coming” is a Judas Priest song. Go look it up.

    My Edie girl wears a Tom Waits shirt she pinched from her dad with no clue who he is either. You kids.

    I baked a loaf of bread so good the other night, Edie & I just made it dinner with butter and cheese. For dessert, we added cherry preserves. So, not a sandwich, but close?
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    • Kristy Gardner
      January 20, 2015 at 1:29 PM

      Googling as we speak, Becky 🙂

      Also, not quite a sandwich. But damn close enough. Butter, cheese and cherry preserves? Count me in.

  • Jane's Adventures in Dinner
    January 19, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    You totally are a badass. I am presently wearing my Dolly Parton (vintage) tee. Completely appropriate wear on a cold Monday to teach grade 8 English.

    This sandwich is just beyond words.
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    • Kristy Gardner
      January 20, 2015 at 1:29 PM

      omg. I want that Jane. Dolly Parton is the shiz!

  • France@ Restless Palate
    January 19, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Sounds like a good breakfast…why wait until desert? Get in my belly!
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    • Kristy Gardner
      January 20, 2015 at 1:30 PM

      hahahaha I like your thinking France!!

  • Ami@NaiveCookCooks
    January 19, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Girl this is one genius idea!!! Looks so delicious!!
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    • Kristy Gardner
      January 20, 2015 at 1:30 PM

      Thank you Ami!! Great to see you 🙂

  • Raia
    January 19, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    Caffeinated chocolate + dulce de leche + sourdough = why am I not eating this now?

    • Kristy Gardner
      January 20, 2015 at 1:30 PM

      I do not have an answer to that question Raia. Get to 😉

  • Marty
    January 20, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Holy moly! These sandwiches are blowing my frickin’ mind!
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    • Kristy Gardner
      January 20, 2015 at 1:31 PM

      HA! Thank you Marty 🙂 I hope not literally…

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  • Tina Jui | The Worktop
    January 23, 2015 at 5:05 AM

    This is amazing. I love cooking with coffee and I can’t wait to make this! I’ve just included this post in my Friday Fives — weekly favorite breakfast recipes roundup!
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    • Kristy Gardner
      February 15, 2015 at 9:43 AM

      Oh Tina you’re too awesome. Thank you so much for including me – happy Sunday to you!

      PS. Every day should include cooking with coffee 😉

  • Teresa Blackburn
    January 24, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    I do not think of myself as any kind of bad-ass, but I do have to kick-ass every once in a while…so maybe that counts. Love this recipe and all things that have to do with grilled sandwiches and chocolate….and coffee….
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    • Kristy Gardner
      February 15, 2015 at 9:44 AM

      Totally counts. If you kick ass Teresa (and you most certainly do) then you’re a bad ass (and you most certainly are).

  • Jayme Henderson
    January 26, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    This is absolutely crazy!! I need one of these tonight…terribly. I am making marmalade, complete with supreming the oranges. I got a phone call at the crucial point, where you boil the finalized mixture to achieve the proper temperature. I temporarily forgot about making marm, and now I have a boiled-over messy situation! I am at least laughing about it! But chocolate DOES help situations like this. I need this in my life.

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 15, 2015 at 9:45 AM

      Your marmalade looks outstanding Jayme. And I don’t even like marmalade. Actually, I’m adoring ALL the incredible citrus on your blog right now. You’re such an inspiration.

      PS. I’ll clean your kitchen for you. Sweet, boiled over messy situations suck.

  • Catherine
    January 27, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Dear Kristy, I love your attitude and your old soul vibes. It is a good combination and works perfectly through your site. I love your style! This sandwich sounds wonderful. I love my cast irons…they are the only things I use when cooking. Will be sharing this on FB and pinning. xo, Catherine
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    • Kristy Gardner
      February 15, 2015 at 9:47 AM

      Aw thanks Catherine 🙂 I appreciate that so much.

      I don’t know what I’d do without my cast iron pans. I try to use non-stick every once in a while but they just don’t have that earthy, rustic, caramelization-inducing quality to them do they?

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