Hi! My name is Stephanie Zonis, and welcome to the March,
1999 edition of "For Chocolate Lovers Only". Each month
you'll find great recipes, tips, and recommendations on where
to find chocolate specialties.
Recommendation of the Month: Are your tastes in chocolate
adventurous? Are you wearied of the same old flavors in the
fillings of your chocolates? If so, allow me to present Bojesen
Chocolates, a Danish company I discovered recently.
Bojesen Chocolates come
in attractive, classy wooden boxes tied up with string and topped
with sealing wax imprinted with the company's name. But since
what's inside the box is what really counts, open it and you'll
find something a little different. What would you say to a chocolate
filled with a tea-and-lemon-zest- flavored ganache? How about
a marzipan center with grated orange peel and cardamom? Or what
about my favorite, a white chocolate cream filling laced with
saffron and vanilla? There are a dozen types of unusual and
pretty chocolates in my half-kilo "Bojesen Selection" box. Flavors
tend toward the subtle, and almost all of the chocolate used
is dark. I like the fact that the boxes are dated for freshness,
and I really enjoyed some of the inventive combinations in the
At present, the
only way for Americans to order Bojesen
Chocolates is via their website, at: www.bojesen.dk.
The homepage will come up in Danish, but don't panic; just click
where indicated to get an English translation of it all. You
can click on individual chocolates within the assortments shown
to get descriptions of them, which is a nice feature. All the
prices I saw were in Danish currency, which is fair enough considering
that the company's in Denmark; it just means that you'll have
to e-mail the company with the selection you want for pricing
and payment details. And if you're looking for something special
for Easter, Bojesen Chocolates
sells a half-kilo wooden box filled with 12 chocolate-covered
marzipan eggs in six different flavors. Check them out!
Answer of the Month:
Recently, I asked if anyone knew of a cooking school devoted
to chocolate. Well, I've been told about the next best thing:
a cooking school where at least some of the classes are devoted
to chocolate. Peter Kump's New York
Cooking School has two locations (both in New York
City); they offer a great number of courses, both professional
and recreational, dealing with many different aspects of food.
They also offer gift certificates, classes for kids, and even
culinary tours. Check out their fun website, at: www.pkcookschool.com,
or call them at (800) 522-4610 or (212) 410-4601. Thanks to
my reader Jeff for this information; he tells me he was able
to take his interest in chocolate and baking and turn it into
a great career.
Short Course in Locating Good Bar Chocolate: I've
gotten so many questions on where to get good couverture chocolate
lately that I thought I'd list some of the sources out there.
HERE FOR TIPS ON COUVERTURE CHOCOLATE SUPPLIERS
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