Thursday, February 8, 2007

Leonardi Cioccolatini

I hinted heavily after Christmas to my husband (well, via the blog anyway) that I was pretty keen on trying some of the sale items from Dean & Deluca. He came through with every one of them. This is the Leonardi Cioccolatini Aceto Balsamico di Modena (Chocolates with a glaze of Balsamic Vinegar from Modena).


Balsamic vinegar seems like a new thing to throw in chocolates and I’ve had a few of them now. Often they’re quite tart or acrid, I don’t think the acidity of the vinegar always goes well with chocolate. These came in a pearly paper tube with a sealed plastic bag inside holding the individually red mylar wrapped pieces. They smell of smoky chocolate and carnations.

imageThese are generous two bite pieces. The outside shell is a nice mild bittersweet chocolate that holds a wonderful dense creamy classic truffle center (there are eggs in here).

The balsamic vinegar is not overwhelming, instead it provides a smooth sherry-like background. A little sweeter but also with a slight almost alcoholic bite.

These are really good.

They were originally $42 but are still on sale at $10.50 for the 8.8 ounce container. (Mine are good until March 13, 2007 ... as if they’ll make it to the end of the week.) This might be the deal of the season for Valentine’s Day.

Name: Chocolates with Balsamic Vinegar
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Leonardi
Place Purchased: gift (Dean & Deluca)
Price: $10.50
Size: 8.8 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, Italy

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:49 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. A guy in Holland named Kees Raat with a chocolate store named Unlimited Delicious in Amsterdam, for many years has been making the most awesome bonbons/chocolates with at first sight unusual combinations. One of his most popular creations is the balsamic, tomato, piment bonbon, which is heaven to taste. His chocolates find there way to many top restaurants. Just caught my attention to see this balsamic creation…

    Comment by Marieke on 2/08/07 at 8:11 am #
  2. Mmm, these sound delish!  BTW, thanks for getting rid of the “type what’s in the box” thing for posting…even when I was doing it right it still wouldn’t let me post.

    Comment by Julilla on 2/08/07 at 9:22 am #
  3. Cybele's avatar

    Marieke - I’ve had some inventive combinations before, but never balsamic, tomato and pimento. (I did have an olive oil & sun dried tomato last year that was, um, interesting.)

    I really need to go to Amsterdam and experience their sweets up close.

    Julilla - I hope I don’t have to put the little word entry thing back. I got some new spam protectors and though they work better than the old ones, every once in a while I’ll probably turn things on and off just to keep them on their toes.

    Comment by Cybele on 2/12/07 at 9:23 am #
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