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October 16, 2012

Honey Truffles

Delectable honey truffles in a pumpkin-orange box are a gourmet chocolate Halloween gift. Photo by Elvira Kalviste.

WHAT IT IS: Chocolate truffles sweetened with honey.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: No refined sugar, great chocolate and honey flavor.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Honey makes these excellent chocolate truffles more deliciously complex than if made with refined white sugar.

Halloween happiness: gourmet honey truffles. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.



Honey Truffles With Lots OfBuzz From Catskill Provisions

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We thought about saving these delicious honey truffles for a Top Pick around Valentine’s Day. It’s a perfect gift for your “honey.”

But the pumpkin-orange box makes an equally welcome gift for Halloween. Or Thanksgiving. Or any other time of the year.

Located in the historic* Catskill Mountains, Catskill Provisions is a producer of local, raw wildflower honey from hives in the Catskill Mountains. The Catskill Mountains offer a spectacular environment: high altitude, abundant water sources and a great variety of plant life. The honey is harvested in the Spring and Fall; the company motto is, “Happy Bees Make Better Honey.”

Some of that honey is used to sweeten outstanding chocolate truffles, handmade in house. They are so good, we couldn’t stop eating them until the last truffle was gone.

Any chocophile will appreciate a box. The beautiful gift boxes are embossed with a honeycomb pattern.

  • 4 truffles, $20
  • 9 truffles, $40 box
  • 18 truffles, $60

Only the large boxes is on the website as of this writing, but you can call or email for other sizes.

The chocolate used is a fine 70% Belgian couverture (coo-ver-CHURE).

What Are Truffles?


Here’s some basic some truffle education:

Chocolate truffles are balls of ganache (guh-NOSH), coated classic-style, in cocoa powder, confectioners’ sugar or chopped nuts; or enrobed in chocolate couverture.

Modern truffles can be coated in peppercorns, sweet curry, paprika and other nontraditional ingredients, and can be enrobed in couverture. But they still have a commonality: balls, squares or other shapes, filled with ganache.

But you don’t need to be an educated eater to savor these terrific truffles. You may just become a loyal customer, having found your gift solution for any occasion.

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— Karen Hochman


*The Catskills cover a large area of the southeastern portion of the New York State, approximately 100 miles north-northwest of New York City and forty miles southwest of Albany, from the Hudson River to the Delaware River. They have been home to Washington Irving’s fictitious Rip Van Winkle, the 19th-century Hudson River School paintings, the mid-20th century“Borscht Belt” resorts and Woodstock, in the town of Bethel.


Make Your Own Chocolate Truffles

Truffles: 50 Deliciously Decadent Homemade Chocolate Treats    

Truffles: 50 Deliciously Decadent Homemade Chocolate Treats, by Dede Wilson. Simple techniques anyone can master, with a wide variety of flavorings and decorating options. More information.


Truffles, Candies, and Confections: Techniques And Recipes For Candymaking, by Carole Bloom. Turn your visions of sugarplums into homemade perfection. Also brittle, caramels, fudge, nougat. More information.


Raw Chocolate, by Matthew Kenney and Meredith Baird. Raw chocolate has even more antioxidants. The cacao beans are not roasted; hence they keep all their nutrients. More information.


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