May 15th, 2009 by Rosa
More truffles! And I’ve got more unwritten truffle reviews in my tasting notes. Why so many? Because, as previously mentioned, a box of truffles and a bottle of white wine make for an excellent girl-time afternoon of aimless chit-chat and bonding.
This box of Lake Champlain Chocolate Organic Truffles was made for the holidays (hence the ornamental theme) but purchased in January (at half off!) and consumed in March. So they weren’t exactly at their peak of freshness. But since they’re mass produced, they do have a preservative (soy lecithin) and had survived well enough. Besides, for truffles that are sold in prepackaged boxes through grocery stores like Whole Foods, how fresh could they really ever be?
From top down, left to right, they are 70% Dark, Honey Fig, Aztec, Vanilla, Ginger Lemon, and Milk.
70% Dark – “Sweet & bitter goodness with a rich chocolate coating.” Bland cocoa flavor. Meh.
Honey Fig – “Wild honey & succulent figs join milk chocolate in aromatic delight.” A soft ganache with a sweet fruitiness to the finish. I don’t get fig, exactly, but then again, I rarely eat figs.
Aztec – “Cayenne & cinnamon warm dark chocolate, while a touch of lime chills.” Creamy ganache with a dry cinnamon spice and a dry heat. I love Mexican chocolate, and I enjoyed this truffle the most. No noticeable lime flavor or chill, at least in my not-so-fresh truffle.
Vanilla - “Pure vanilla notes in concert with 70% dark chocolate.” My friends ate this one while I was in the bathroom. They said it was good.
Ginger Lemon - “Tangy citrus & zippy ginger in perfect harmony with dark chocolate.” An initial ginger undertone with a light citrus finish.
Milk – “Rich milk chocolate whipped with cream & butter into silky smooth simplicity.” A super soft milk chocolate ganache with, sadly, no flavor notes. Blah.
As you’ve probably figured out by now, I was underwhelmed. They were nice enough, and I’ll bet they were even better at full price when they were more fresh. And they’re certainly a cut above the even more mass-produced chocolate of other brands. But I like my truffles to have more of a wow factor. For me, that usually comes from creative flavor combinations, and these guys just didn’t deliver. An O.