Top Pick Of The Week

October 19, 2010



Cacao Cuvee’s truffles are an after-dinner treat with a glass of Cognac or whiskey. Above: White Chocolate and Raspberry truffles. Photo by Katharine Pollak | 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.

.Cacao Cuvée: Gourmet Chocolate Truffles

CAPSULE REPORT: The great thing about America’s artisan food movement is that gifted artisans can live just about anywhere. Today’s Top Pick, Cacao Cuvée chocolate truffles, are made in Rockford, Illinois.

We know absolutely nothing* about that city, except that every chocolate lover within driving distance should make tracks to the retailers that carry Cacao Cuvée (everybody else: order it online).

*O.K., we did some research: It’s the second largest city in Illinois, with a population of 157,272 and a metro-area population of 339,178 (per the 2000 Census).

Chocolate truffles are balls of ganache, that melt-in-your-mouth blend of chocolate and heavy cream. Chocolate truffles can be rolled in a variety of coatings (chopped nuts, cocoa and powdered sugar, for example). Or they can be enrobed in chocolate to create a hard shell.

Many chocolate truffles are pure chocolate-on-chocolate—ganache enrobed in cocoa or a hard chocolate shell. That’s fine for some people, but we need more excitement. Chocolatier Susan Pitkin has provided it.

Here are more than 20 flavors of truffles, from Coconut, Espresso and Lemon to newer flavors like Chili Pepper, Matcha, Saké and Sesame. And yes, there are classic Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate; and Peanut Butter truffles for Reese’s fans.

Ms. Pitkin really has a gift for flavoring ganache. You don’t have to guess what the flavor is: It is lusciously apparent without being heavy-handed. So if your habit is to treat yourself to a fine box of chocolate truffles, Cacao Cuvée should be next on your list.

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Make Your Own Chocolate Truffles

Making Artisan Chocolates Truffles, Candies & Confections Truffles by Dede Wilson
Making Artisan Chocolates, by Andrew Garrison Shotts. Learn to make truffles and other chocolates flavored with chilies, herbs, flowers, spices and more. Learn more.

Truffles, Candies & Confections, by Carole Bloom. Easy instructions will have you making chocolate truffles and other favorites in no time! Learn more.

Truffles: 50 Deliciously Decadent Homemade Chocolate Treats, by Dede Wilson. Find inspiration for many flavors of truffles here. Learn more.


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