While most of the chocolate I scarf down is in the form of bars, there are times when only a truffle will do. Even their name…truffle…conjures up something decadent, like languishing on a chaise in some opulent setting. With a great truffle, one taste invites a Proustian reverie.
My latest foray into blissed-out truffle territory came in a brown box from Arbor Teas. I had wanted to try these last year, but they flew off the shelves so fast they were gone by the time I discovered them. (The season runs from November to just past Valentine’s Day.) All six varieties are as unique as a fingerprint, and made by Nancy Biehn at Sweet Gem Confections. Nancy likes to use a variety of A+ chocolate for her couverture and ganaches: El Rey, Valrhona, M. Cluizel, E. Giuittard and De Vries.
Here’s the bite by bite lowdown:
Matcha houses a ganache that Kermit would love. The bright green color infuses it with a big dose of wow as well as Organic Matcha green tea. The flavor is slightly astringent, fresh and reminiscent of spring. Milk chocolate adds extra creaminess.
Jasmine’s dark chocolate ganache is redolent of Jasmine Pearl green tea, topped off with an inspired addition of grapefruit zest. Light floral notes are visually enhanced by the lovely violet flowers painted on its white chocolate couverture.
Lapsang Souchong is a dark truffle lover’s dream: a smoky Lapsang Souchong tea dares you not to notice its assertive presence. That heady rush kept me coming back for just one more taste.
Pineapple Passion’s little dark dome designed with a small blue flower beckoned to me from the moment I opened this box. It houses a fruity Pineapple Passion green tea-infused white chocolate ganache center. This gentle sweet made a nice counterpoint to the more strongly flavored Lapsang Souchong.
Earl Grey is a milk chocolate shell covering a dark ganache redolent with Earl Grey black tea. I might have thought this would be more banal than its siblings, but it was absolutely captivating. The deep, earthy, citrusy flavors of Earl Grey tea are wonderful paired with milk chocolate.
Masala Chai is white on white. A super creamy treat infused with Spicy Masala Chai black tea. Surprisingly, this was the mildest truffle in the lot.
If you, or someone you love, revels in trying different teas and chocolates this is a truffle assortment sure to satisfy.