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Sweet pairings: Salted caramel at Tacoma’s Ice Cream Social and Celebrity Cake Studio

Last week, I came across two takes on salted caramel that are worth your dining dollars. My advice? Try them together.

Some salted caramel ice creams tune too high on caramel, with salt playing a drab supporting role. Not at Ice Cream Social. The Tacoma ice cream store’s version of salted caramel ice cream seesaws beautifully between salty and sweet.

The scoop shop that opened in June offers an often-changing list of flavors, but I’m finding their salted caramel is my go-to flavor when it’s offered.

The tongue-coating richness of Layla Isaac’s ice cream is a perfect foil for something rich and dense, such as a salted caramel cupcake from Tacoma’s Celebrity Cake Studio.

Odette D’Aniello makes cupcakes that are as pretty as they are tasty. At Celebrity Cafe Studio, the salted caramel cupcake was topped with something that tasted just like a caramel candy chew, but transported into a satiny swirl of caramel frosting.