Tag Archive: chocolate truffles

The Ganachery: Cinnamon Truffle

As I walk along the streets of Disney Springs, Florida on a very warm day, I am a bit overwhelmed with the abundant variety of shops and restaurants. I’m not a big fan of shopping while on vacation, but I don’t mind wandering around if I have some time to kill. And I’m always on the look out for quaint chocolates shops!

This time I’m rewarded as I stroll along to find The Ganachery. Perfectly decorated truffles are lined up behind glass in an air conditioned store. I’m interested in buying a box of assorted dark chocolate truffles but I worry about carrying them around in the Florida heat. I decide to get one truffle and eat it on the spot.

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Shots, Shots, Shots, Truffle Shots, Everybody!

When Sherri Athay was in a chocolate-making class, she remembered intricately making chocolate truffles only to discard the shell and eat the centers.

"I thought there must be a better way to get to the best part of the truffle, without all that work," she said. It was a light bulb moment after seeing a set of tall shot glasses while shopping with her daughter. Truffle shots!

After some years, they made the idea tangible. They came up with unique confections from a storefront in Essex, Connecticut, and worldwide from their website. Truffle Shots display what Sherri Athay considered as "good stuff" in a truffle, layered in a two-ounce shot glass.
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Cookies and Cream Truffles

Cookies and cream are a match made in heaven, yes. It's like they're made and meant for each other. Anyone who gets a taste of this combination almost never forgets it. Yes, I see you nodding in agreement.

Cookies and Cream (or Cookies 'n Cream) is actually a specific variety of ice cream and milkshake which is based on flavoring from chocolate cookies. It has been dubbed as the "King Kong of Ice Cream" as it was able to rocket to the top of the World's Favorite Ice Cream Flavor list when it was released.

Now here’s a recipe of this beloved pairing made into a truffle.
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Cognac Truffles

Cognac truffles are pretty easy to prepare, but they typically require a stretch of your precious time. However, every second will be totally worth it. Follow the directions so as to visualize each step of the process before you even begin, and you're bound to have a successful and astounding result.

This recipe is perfect for the home cook. These cognac truffles could be conveniently whipped up in your home kitchen, but when done right, they could look and taste like they were made by the finest chocolatier.
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Chocolate for Cats?

Neighborhood Cats has been chosen as the Charity of the Month for November 2011 by Rescue Chocolate, a Brooklyn NY-headquartered chocolatier which was founded in January 2010. 100% of the net profits from each handcrafted, all-natural vegan treats are donated to animal welfare organizations across the country.

The Neighborhood Cats are aiming to encourage humane measures to lower the feral cat population in the country. The particular measure they are taking is called TNR (trap-neuter-return). TNR engages trained volunteers to gather the feral cats that they can find, getting the cats spayed or neutered, and then returning them to their colonies to peacefully live out their lives. Also NY-based, Neighborhood Cats is well-known in the feral field as developers of educational materials including books, videos, and online courses that tackle TNR.

"I’ve lived with dogs all my life and never with cats," said Rescue Chocolate Founder Sarah Gross. "But I’m certainly aware of the problems that cats face on the streets. I’m really honored to be able to be a small part of the solution."
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Chocolate Truffles

“There are four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate and chocolate truffles.” This chocolate quote surely makes sense to all the chocolate lovers out there.

Chocolate truffles are an immensely delicious treat any time of day and any day of the year.  But did you know that they are named after the fungus, the fruiting bodies of underground mushrooms, because of their resemblance as it looks a lot like the dirt?

Chocolate truffles are typically made with ganache which is a mixture of chocolate and cream, but can also be made with centers such as mints and walnuts then served in variety of ways such as covering it with crumbled nuts, shredded coconut, or confectioner’s sugar. These may look intimidating but actually are very easy to prepare, the only difficulty you’ll ever have here is the dilemma of whether to grab another bite or not!
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Godiva Chocolatier Gems

Godiva chocolate makes three varieties of Gems™, individually wrapped bon bons.

I just finished eating a dark chocolate French Vanilla Truffle Gem described on the package as a dark chocolate with a creamy french vanilla filling.  The filling is a vanilla cream center like a butter cream only sweeter.  This filling is thinner than frosting but the texture and consistency reminds me more of frosting than a smooth melting truffle.
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Charley’s Chocolates Revisited

Last week I reviewed a delicious hand-rolled cinnamon truffle from Charley’s Chocolates of Madison, Wisconsin.  I thought I had found a new favorite, until I had one of their White Chocolate covered ganache truffles.

Oh yes! - velvety smooth melt-in-your-mouth dark chocolate ganache center enrobed in a creamy, white chocolate coating.  Pardon me while I wipe away the drool.

The chocolate ganache was nutty, a little earthy, and intensely chocolate.  There’s a l-o-n-g finish with a bit of spice at the very end. 

Nothing beats a freshly made truffle.  Really.
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Charley’s Chocolate Cinnamon Truffle

Madison, Wisconsin is home to many great chocolate shops.  I recently had the pleasure of eating a delicious hand rolled Chocolate Cinnamon Truffle from Charley’s Chocolates.

This downtown Madison shop is full of hand made chocolates from truffles to fudge.

The cinnamon truffle was not just good, it was melt in your mouth and walk away smiling good.  The ganache was smooth and intensely chocolatey.  The cinnamon coating blended perfectly without covering the nuances of the chocolate. 
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Dark Chocolate; Want Coffee With That?

Chocolate Crafters of Yuma, Arizona makes wonderful chocolate.  I have recently reviewed their candied orange peel and “Sea Turtle.” 

They also make a wonderful dark chocolate coffee bean bark.  The roasted espresso beans add crunch and real coffee flavor without bitterness or the aftertaste that some of the flavored syrups can leave behind.

They also offer this same recipe dipped on a spoon.  Yes, dipped and hardened on a spoon so that you can stir your morning coffee and change it into a mocha java!

The smooth and mild 62% chocolate allows the coffee flavor from the roasted bean to take over with just the right amount of intensity.
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