Recently I was sent a box of assorted truffles from J. Truffles to sample and review. I should first mention that J. Truffles in a new brand by Seattle Chocolates who already makes truffle bars, which I believe I may have stumbled upon at some point in the past.
First of all, let me just say that these are some gorgeous truffles — shiny, well tempered and architectural. They all arrived in perfect condition, nestled in their well constructed box. I was sent 8 different pieces to try:
Crème 40 Milk – high cacao milk chocolate and cream — another smooth and satisfying truffle.
Salt Water Caramel – firm, chewy caramel with dash of salt — just what a caramel should be, firm but yielding with a nice cooked sugar taste. A real winner.
Pura Vida Coffee – Turkish ground espresso beans tempered with cream — nice coffee flavor, not overpowering, but not too sweet either.
Savory Hazelnut – gently ground hazelnut pieces, lightly salted — rich and nutty with lots of texture from the chopped hazelnuts.
Cherry Praline – fresh dried cherries ground with roasted pecans — not my favorite, but I'm not a big fan of cherries.
Crème Brûlée – rich vanilla custard with caramelized sugar crunch — quite sweet and rich with a creamy center.
Limoncello – white chocolate ganache and lemon zest — nice hint of lemon, but I wanted a bit more, also the texture of the center was not as smooth as I would have liked.
All in all, I thought these were very nice — beautiful to look at, rich and satisfying. If I had one criticism, it would be that each truffle is a bit too large — perhaps 3 or 4 bites each. I ended up sharing almost all of them with my nine year old daughter who liked them quite well.
You can find out more about J. Truffles and purchase their truffles at their website.