The Flaky Sea Salt with Thousands of Near-Perfect Amazon Reviews

published Jul 20, 2020
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A former boss of mine (hi, Maile!) had the most clever gift idea when it came time to give holiday presents to her higher-ups: Everyone got their own personal 3.1-pound bucket of flaky sea salt. The lucky recipients were always delighted by the gesture, because who doesn’t want a lifetime supply of finishing salt?

These weren’t just any buckets of salt, either. They always, always, always had to be Maldon — no exceptions. And it’s truly because Maldon is the best. In Kitchn’s first ever list of essential groceries, the team declared Maldon part of our “holy salty trinity” (along with Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt and Morton Table Salt). Further proof that this finishing salt is the best? It not so coincidentally happens to be the number-one, bestselling sea salt on all of Amazon.

While the bestselling salt on Amazon is not the bucket-version but rather the more pantry friendly box of Maldon Sea Salt Flakes, the glorious contents within are exactly the same.

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Buy: Maldon Sea Salt Flakes, $7 for 8.5 ounces

Maldon is known for its signature pyramid-shaped crystals that look like the biggest snowflakes you’ve ever seen. This particular salt somehow melts in your mouth and gives a satisfying crunch at the same time, and enhances whatever dishes you sprinkle it on — both sweet and savory. Try a cascade of Maldon on freshly baked brownies or a simple avocado toast with a fried egg. This stuff levels up every dish every time.

With more than 90 percent of the 5,000+ reviews being five-star ratings, you know this stuff is the real deal. Want to hear some of the praise straight from the mouths of shoppers? Let’s take a look.

“I tried this salt for the first time this morning on my poached eggs. Suddenly, I understand why, long ago, salt was so valuable it was used as currency. What I didn’t expect was the effect of the triangular crystals. It is an almost surreal experience. I found myself looking forward to each bite, because every time I bit down, there was a satisfying soft crunch, along with a tiny little explosion of salt taste in my mouth. This salt is just fantastic! So much so that I set aside some time this evening to write a review to let people know.”

“I have heard world-renowned chefs have been known to carry around their own personal packets of Maldon. And now I understand why. I am converted. The flavor is unparalleled. It looks beautiful. I will not be going back to any other sea salt (though I do still have a soft spot for my pretty pink Himalayan!).”

“So, I wondered why anyone would pay top dollar for this salt. I mean, it’s just salt for crying out loud. I already have a couple of sea salts, as well as the ubiquitous pink salt, and I figured that was more than covering my salt bases. Now I know what all the fuss is about… This is the finishing salt they use in heaven.”

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