Monthly Archives: November 2009

Sucre Sugar & Spice Collection

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This past week, Sucre sent me their holiday Sugar & Spice collection to sample and review.  I have to say that the photos I took just couldn't capture how pretty these confections are — glossy, sparkly and perfectly formed. 

The collection includes three different truffles:

Gingerbread Milk Chocolate — Delightfully spicy, this truffle had a thick, rich milk chocolate ganache filling infused with all the spices that say holiday.  The bite from the ginger gave it a special kick which I loved.

Candy Cane White Chocolate — This pretty, speckled truffle has a smooth, creamy, minty center.  A lovely balance here which keeps thing from tasting too sweet.  The mint wasn't overpowering — so important when you have mint truffles in the same box with other truffles!

Eggnog Dark Chocolate — Great eggnog flavor with a hint of nutmeg.  The sweet, silky center was offset nicely with a hint of bitterness from the dark chocolate shell. 

I thought this was a great collection — well balanced and with all the flavors I associate with the holidays.  Plus, these are so pretty, that they would make a wonderful hostess gift, or look very pretty set out on your holiday table.

Sucre is located in New Orleans, but you can purchase their truffles through their online shop.  And this holiday season, Sucre is donating a portion of their sales to the LA/SPCA to help animals in need.  Sweet!

Derry Church Artisan Chocolates

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I recently had the good fortune to be contacted by Chef Eric at Derry Church Artisan Chocolates. He wanted to know if I would like to sample his confections and review them on my blog. I'm glad I took him up on the offer, because these are some seriously good chocolates!

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I received a nice selection of the bon bons, which are named after famous cities and each reflect some culinary aspect of those cities. The chocolates are handmade and contain no artificial flavors or preservatives — they are fresh tasting and quite pretty.

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The flavors of each bon bon were well balanced, and I actually liked each and every piece I tried. Some of my favorites included: 

Burlington — Rich roasted flavor with the perfect amount of maple flavor. The silky ganache contrasted well with the crunchy pecan.

Dublin — Being a coffee lover, I am always quick to try coffee flavored sweets. This was a lovely combination of sweet and bitter, silky and satisfying.

Paris — Sweet and creamy with a jammy burst of flavor. The sweetness is offset perfectly with the bitterness of the dark chocolate shell.

Cairo — An unusual, bold and delicious confection which has a complex and full flavor. The intense molasses flavor subsides and is replaced by a nice tang from the balsamic vinegar and fruitiness form the dates. Smooth with a nice chew.

In addition to these, I enjoyed the Derry Church, a liquid caramel which has that nice burnt sugar flavor I crave in a caramel. And the Plymouth, a pumpkin pie flavored bon bon, was a wonderful reminder of Thanksgiving.

Derry Church Artisan Chocolates is located in Mechanicsburg, PA, but you can purchase their chocolates through their website.