Friday, April 20, 2007

Valerie Lemon Hazelnut Nougat

Valerie Confections has another seasonal nougat. This one is Lemon Hazelnut Nougat Covered in Dark Chocolate.

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It’s heavenly looking stuff, with a good dark glossy sheen and sparlkling little slivers of candies Meyer Lemons from June Taylor. The chocolate is a buttery smooth dark Valrhona and the nougat itself is studded with organic hazelnuts from Trufflebert Farms.

Sigh.

I’m in heaven.

The price is, well, pricey. But Mother’s Day is around the corner, so if your mum is as nuts for nougat as I am, she might think you appreciate her or something if you were to show up for Sunday Brunch with a box of these. And maybe she’ll let you have a piece.

I think I was a little more fond of the Holiday nougat, which was orange and almond, but the fresh flavor of the lemon is really refreshing. There isn’t a trace of bitterness in the lemon zest, it’s just pure flavor and the chewy texture.

UPDATE 4/20/2009: I’ve just finished another box of this. I don’t know if it was the seasonal variation in the candied lemons, but this was divine. The bittersweetness of the chocolate and the bittersweetness of the candied peels was just spot on. I’ve bumped this up to a 10. I had a lot of fine candy around the house to eat, but this was what I kept going for. The price has also come down.

Name: Valerie Lemon Hazelnut Nougat
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Valerie Confections
Place Purchased: samples from Valerie Confections
Price: $40 $36 for a box of 14 pieces
Size: unknown
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, Nougat, Nuts, United States

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Comments
  1. Any relation to The June Taylor Dancers?!?!

    These candies sound heavenly.

    PS your OpEd kicked it!

    Comment by desertwind on 4/20/07 at 6:08 pm #
  2. Wait, you say “mum” as opposed to “mom”? How come, I thought you were American?

    Comment by Terry on 4/21/07 at 3:04 pm #
  3. Cybele, at your request I went to Mel & Rose this past December and picked up some of Valeries Toffees….and oh sweet jesus I still dream of them.  I wish they were more affordable, I would be there once a week for more! I’m saving up for my second box - when I was at Mel & Rose, they only had one box left.  Do you know if there selection is usually bigger? (Maybe it was just the holiday season and they had run out when I was there…)

    you rock

    Comment by Caitlin on 4/21/07 at 5:31 pm #
  4. Terry, I say Mom and I lived in Britain for two years.  Things don’t always go with the steryotype.

    Cybele (is that your real name?  It’s gorgeous) you said on the holiday review that the nougat had FLAKES OF REAL GOLD on top.  Were you serious?

    Comment by Sophia on 4/22/07 at 9:14 am #
  5. Is this Valerie Lemon any relation to the cabaret performer?

    Comment by nadine smith on 4/24/07 at 9:48 am #
  6. Cybele's avatar

    Terry - I liked the way it sounded in the sentence ... mum and nuts just seem to fit well together.

    Sophia - yup, that’s my real name. And yes, they’re real flakes of gold. They’re lighter than feathers, just barely a whisp of foil bits. I hear it’s good for you (well, in moderation).

    desertwind & nadine - sounds like quite a stage show, a caberet & dancers!

    Caitlin - Valerie may be opening a store!
    3360 West 1st Street in LA (sometime next month)

    In the mean time I saw them at Susina on Beverly, but I can’t vouch for the size of their inventory.

    Comment by Cybele on 4/25/07 at 11:29 am #
  7. Not sure if this June Taylor is related to the dancers. Regardless, she’s British by birth. Been living in SF Bay Area at least 15 years. I knew her when she was working at Pasta Shop Oakland. I also know her marmalades, which were great. Don’t know her other products.

    Comment by Ric on 12/18/08 at 12:55 am #

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