Sunday, November 5, 2006

Vosges Truffles - Fall 2006

Recently my husband went to Chicago and called me from the Vosge homeworld asking what I’d like to have. I was really hoping for a Cardamom truffle (they call them Ellateria) but it turns out that flavor is part of a seasonal set and not made at the moment.

The new seasonal assortment is sold under the banner of Collection of Zion and features lots of freaky ingredients and flavors. I kind of enjoy such things, so I was curious to see what my mouth thought of these intellectually stimulating combinations of flavors.

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Instead he brought home some other delightful chocolate spheres. Here are a few I tried:

Selassie (shown there in the center) - allspice + pumpkin = a mellow spice and soft chocolate ganache center gave it a custardy feel. The cloveness wasn’t really to my liking, but pleasant.

Ital - Blue Mountain coffee + fresh coconut = acidic, dark and bitter but wonderfully complex and nutty.

Zion - Red Stripe Beer + cocoa nibs = bitter and a little on the yeasty side with a dark complex and acidic crunch.

Budapest - Hungarian paprika + chocolate = mellow with a subtle spicy note that brings out some of the woodsy flavors of the chocolate.

Wink of the Rabbit - soft caramel + New Mexican pecan = milk chocolate is a nice change but a little sweet here, the pecan gives it a maple/woodsy flavor. The caramel is thick and a bit custardy.

It was a nice evening with my box of chocolates. They were all gone, lickety split. Never fear, I just got back from San Francisco and have lots of other exciting haut chocolates to talk about.

Name: Vosges Assorted Chocolate Truffles (Collection of Zion)
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Vosges
Place Purchased: Vosges - Chicago
Price: $23.00 for assortment of 9
Size: 4.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, Coffee, Coconut, Nibs, Caramel, Nuts, United States

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Comments
  1. Wow, for once *all* of these gourmet flavors appeal to me. Will wonders ever cease? raspberry

    Comment by Sera on 11/05/06 at 4:47 pm #
  2. these sound so nice! you are so lucky smile

    Comment by Kat on 11/05/06 at 11:15 pm #
  3. Mmmm. And they look so good!

    Comment by Julia on 11/06/06 at 12:24 am #
  4. If you ever get a chance to try the Naga, do!  I think it was my fave of the truffles I got for Valentine’s Day.

    Comment by Julilla on 11/06/06 at 8:59 am #
  5. Oh!! I live in Chicago and I LOVE Vosges.  Mmmmmmmm.  They are great for sharing on a date! smile

    Comment by diane on 11/06/06 at 5:22 pm #
  6. I’ve been looking forward to stopping by Vosages on my Chicago trip next week. I love the Red Fire. There’s something special about fine dark chocolate and spice. Thanks for the inspiration to go beyond the bars. I’ll have to keep checking until I can try the cardamon truffle.

    Comment by Pandax on 11/08/06 at 11:42 am #
  7. wink of the rabit was a fav of mine. GOOD stuff!

    Comment by liz on 3/25/07 at 11:18 am #
  8. the only thing I love better than my beloved Etiennes cafe au lait is Vosges haut chocolat. Their bars of chocolat are quite delicious, when one has not the time to truly enjoy the delicious chocolate ganache in Vosges’ decadent truffles. Mine new favorite et al is the new bacon-salt-milk chocolat bar. go to vosges’ cite!

    Comment by Memarie on 7/10/07 at 7:20 pm #

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