Hi! My name is Stephanie Zonis, and welcome to the February,
2001 edition of "For Chocolate Lovers Only". Each month, you'll
find recipes, tips, and recommendations on great chocolate specialties.
Happy Valentine's Day to all my readers and any February babies
Chocolate Recommendation of the Month:
This month's chocolate producer does not advertise extensively.
Their website is not fancy. They are a small, Denver-based,
family operation whose goal is not domination of the world confectionary
market, but doing chocolate as they feel it ought to be done.
And so it is that I commend unto you Dietrich's Chocolate
Truffles. These are one- or two-bite size truffles that
can be custom-made in the flavor of your choice, and covered
with white, milk, or dark chocolate, according to your preference.
Some of the flavors suggested are Grand Marnier, hazelnut, raspberry,
champagne, and amaretto, all of which are classic combinations
with chocolate, but you can come up with a flavor of your own
if you wish.
website for Dietrich's Chocolate Truffles tells you that
your minimum order of either assorted or custom-flavor truffles
must be 2 pounds, but the European-trained Dietrich will tell
you otherwise if you call him. While 2 pounds of these truffles
would probably render you indispensable forever in the eyes
of your boss if you show up with them at a business celebration,
the company also offers a gold box of 24 assorted truffles (their
choice of flavors). My box arrived in perfect condition, and
it was fun to see the different truffles packed inside. This
would be a great item for a truffle tasting party, though I
do wish there was a visual guide to identifying the various
flavors. Note that custom flavors require 2 weeks' advance order.
You can find Dietrich's Chocolate Truffles online at
www.dietrichschocolates.com, or call them at (303) 777-3358.
Check them out!
Campaign of the Month: I know, you don't want to hear about
campaigns ever again, but this is for a truly good cause! Some
time ago, in this very column, I praised the considerable merit
of smooth, creamy, full-of-the-good-stuff Godiva Ice Cream.
I don't usually write up products from large companies, so you
know I must really like this. Now, however, I learn that the
company has discontinued their Ivory Chocolate Chip flavor,
perhaps my favorite of their line. A reader has written to advise
me of this; she contacted the company, who told her that they'd
consider bringing it back if enough consumers contacted them.
Breathes there among us the heretic who doesn't love a good
chocolate chip ice cream? Verily, I think not so! Gentle reader,
let your conscience be your guide, as always. If you deplore
the passing of this lovely ice cream flavor, if you believe
in the old slogan "Power to the People!," get thee to www.godiva.com/icecream.
Implore, beseech, or berate Godiva into giving us back our beloved
Ivory Chocolate Chip! You can make a difference! Thanks to Dana
S. for bringing this to my attention.
Do you have a comment, question or suggestion? I'd like your input
into this column. You can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org;
please specify that you're writing regarding "For Chocolate Lovers
Only." Thank you!