Not the pig-foraged kind (that will come later), but the chocolate kind. You see, I’m a chocolate-bar girl, not a ganache-enrobed-in-chocolate girl. That said, when someone gives me truffles, I’m more than happy to do some nibbling and give credit where credit is due. (For example, Camille’s fabulous praliné truffles or Colefax Chocolates.)
The truffles in this post were handcrafted by She Chocolat, a chocolaterie and restaurant in New Zealand. My lovely blog-friend Vaala came across She Chocolat after one of her epic adventures across New Zealand’s amazing landscape (one day I will return to visit you, O Kiwi Land), and not only did she think of me, but she actually returned to the shop days later purely to buy me these truffles. Thank you, Vaala. I wish I could have shared these with you (in a world where they were vegan and you were here).
Vaala sent me three of She Chocolat’s Alchemy Truffles, the first of which was the Lavender truffle you see above. It had a silky dark chocolate ganache subtly flavoured with lavender, and was truly lovely. (I’m wary around floral chocolates, as when done badly they tend to taste rather offensively like potpourri mixed with cat lady.)
First, what is this “sensual butter” they speak of, and second, where can I get some?Unfortunately, the Velvetine truffle was everything that makes me ambivalent about truffles. Devoid of any strong chocolate flavours, it was instead just sweet and oily (okay, okay, “sensually buttery”). Even the salt didn’t help. Maybe if it had been sensual salt?
And get a tick in my heart it did. More like this, please.
Decadence and Medjool dates? Vaala, you know me well. She Chocolat describes its Decadent Dates as (in the singular; grammar nerd represent!) “a fresh organic Medjool date hand stuffed with a gianduja filling and coated in the finest Belgian chocolate.”
Gooey sweet sweet sweet gooey chocolate-y chewy sweet creamy gorgeous glossy shining sweet sweet caramel-date sweetness. Just look at that, will you? A Medjool date utterly full of ganache, covered in a thin shattering layer of chocolate.
To be completely honest, I’ll admit that both my parents and I found these creations a bit overwhelmingly sweet, and in need of a darker chocolate coating. But then again, what doesn’t taste better with a dark chocolate coating? I bet I’d be more enticing if I had a dark chocolate coating. Exactly.
My friend Jenni loved the date I gave her, though, so my parents’ and my view isn’t the only one out there. Moreover, you can’t deny the gorgeousness of these treats.
Thank you so much, Vaala. You’ve brought sweetness of so many kinds to my life, both through and beyond your chocolate-y generosity.
Question Time: Do you prefer blocks of chocolate, chocolate truffles, or chocolate desserts?