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October 19, 2010

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Gourmet Chocolate Truffles

 

Gourmet chocolate truffles: Sesame, Chili Pepper and Vanilla Caramel truffles. Photo by River Soma | THE NIBBLE.

WHAT IT IS: Artisan chocolate truffles.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Impressive flavored ganaches (the center of truffles).
WHY WE LOVE IT: Beauty, variety and tasty fun.
WHERE TO BUY IT:  CacaoCuvee.com.
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Page 2: Serving Suggestions

Serving Gourmet Chocolate Truffles For
Dessert

Some people look at chocolates as an indulgent snack. But they also can be served a part of a fine dinner, and are excellent with after-dinner beverages from coffee and tea to wine and spirits to craft beer.

Serve truffles:

  • Instead of cake or other rich dessert. End dinner with a cheese course. Then,  serve chocolate truffles with coffee or tea.
  • With a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Instead of a dessert sauce and whipped cream garnish on ice cream, pass the truffles (or place one atop the ice cream or on the service plate). If you want to serve the truffle as well as chocolate sauce, make sure the crowd is of the indulgence persuasion.
  • As part of a chocolate dessert sampler. Ten years ago or so, one of our favorite pastry chefs, Johnny Iuzzini of Jean-Georges in New York City (and of Top Chef: Just Desserts), pioneered a four-part dessert sampler. Organized around flavor themes (apple, caramel, chocolate, raspberry, etc.), each dessert plate contained three different desserts and a matching beverage.
  • With a chocolate cocktail. Every chocolate lover will enjoy a chocolate martini with a truffle chaser. Make this chocolate martini recipe (there are many chocolate martini recipes online).

Serving Gourmet Chocolate Truffles Aprés Dessert

After an elegant dinner, it is custom to repair to the parlor/salon/living room for an end-of-meal liqueur or spirit.

  • With Cognac, whiskey, liqueur or red wine. A snifter of Cognac, a shot of whiskey or liqueur or a glass of wine with a chocolate truffle or two is a fine way to end the evening. See our chocolate and wine pairing chart.

Check out the flavors as the review continues below.

INDEX OF REVIEW

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Flavors of Cacao Cuvée Chocolate Truffles

In addition to seasonal specials, the truffle flavors include:

  • Classics, Coffee & Tea Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Espresso, Gourmet Coffee, Matcha, Milk Chocolate
  • Fruit & Nut Flavors: Apricot Fig, Cherry Walnut, Coconut, Coconut Almond, Lemon Cream, Mandarin Orange & Grapefruit, Passion Fruit, Pomegranate, Raspberry
  • Nut & Seed Flavors
    Coconut Almond, Hazelnut, Peanut Butter, Sesame
  • Spirit Flavors
    Chambord, Saké
  • Spices
    Cardamom Cream, Chili Pepper, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Vanilla Caramel
 
Crunchy sesame seeds are a perfect topping for rich, dark chocolate. Photo courtesy Cacao Cuvée.

Some of the flavors are filled with milk chocolate ganache, some dark chocolate, some white chocolate. Details of each flavor are on the company website.

The company also makes brittle, turtles (called Galapagos, after that island’s enormous turtles) and 10 tempting flavors of caramels. We can’t wait to try them!

Whether as a gourmet treat for Halloween or for holiday gifts, make it a point to enjoy some Cacao Cuvée.

— Karen Hochman

CACAO CUVÉE
Chocolate Truffles

  • Box Of 4 Chocolates
    1 Variety (Your Choice) or Sampler
    $10.20
  • Box Of 16 Chocolates
    1 Variety (Your Choice) or Sampler
    $37.80
  • Box Of 25 Chocolates
    6 Varieties or Sampler
    $58.50

 

Purchase online* at CacaoCuvee.com

 

*Prices and product availability are verified at publication but are subject to change. Shipping is additional. These items are offered by a third party and THE NIBBLE has no relationship with them.

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