January 14th, 2011 by Rosa
Valentine’s Day is exactly one month away, and I’m about to help you score big with your sweetheart.
For the third year in a row, Hedonist Artisan Chocolates has put out a special Valentine’s Day collection of truffles featuring artwork by local artists. You can read more about it on their blog. I got a free sample box to taste.
This year, Erica Guilfoyle won with her TweetHeart images, which fortunately have nothing to do with Twitter. They’re kind of ridiculously adorable:
The truffles come with a cute little story: “Legend has it that every Valentine’s Day, Mother Nature beckons all young birds to gather and choose their mates. Once they have chosen their TweetHeart, they fly off together and celebrate with a song.”
The truffles themselves were “made with fresh raspberries, raspberry liqueur, and semi-sweet chocolate.” They had a crisp outer shell of pure chocolate with a softer ganache inside.
The ganache had a melt that felt cool and fatty on the tongue. Unlike the raspberry wasabi truffle from their Spice Collection, the ganache is totally smooth and free of seeds, and the raspberry flavor is quite mild.
It brings a light sweetness rather than an in-your-face fruitiness that melds nicely with the chocolate. This truffle is understated and mild, with nicely genuine cocoa flavors that are lightened just a bit by the raspberry.
This truffle was admirably restrained, and its combination of subtle deliciousness and endearing art earn it an OM. It’s a truffle that’s meant to be given away for others to ooh and ahh over, though you may have trouble relinquishing it.
If you’d like to taste it for yourself, Hedonist is having a tasting/meet the artist and chocolatiers event on February 4th from 5-8 pm at their retail store.