My name is Stephanie
Zonis, and welcome to the April, 2005 edition of For Chocolate
Lovers Only! Each month, you’ll find a recipe or
two, tips, and recommendations on great chocolate specialties. Happy
Passover and Happy Beltane. Let’s get into the kitchen!
Chocolate Recommendation of the Month: Are you
a chocolate adventurer? Do your tastebuds delight in exotic chocolate
combinations? If so, allow me to introduce you to blackflower
chocolate. Cheryl Robbins-Dooley, a chef who got bitten
hard by the chocolate bug, creates flavor combinations that are
distinctly unusual in her bark, bars, and truffles. She sells a
variety of flavors, as you might expect, but I’m fairly certain
you won’t expect her blending of ingredients. How about an
Australian wattleseed truffle, for instance? Or perhaps a wasabi
and ginger? Maybe you’d prefer a curry, saffron, and coconut
dark chocolate bar?
blackflower chocolate is a very young company
that does things a little differently from many others, but I like
their way of thinking. For instance, they sell no preset arrangements
of truffles; you select the types and number you desire. Only the
bark, a blend of dark chocolate, organic hazelnuts, and organic
dried fruits, is sold in specific quantities (eight ounces or one
pound, and the clever packaging resembles nothing so much as a black
Chinese takeout carton). Incidentally, if you’re not into
cutting-edge tastes, Ms. Robbins-Dooley can still accommodate you,
perhaps with her fresh mint truffle or an espresso bean and cacao
nib dark chocolate bar (take my advice and try the latter!). Yes,
blackflower does corporate gifts and wedding favors,
and remember them for Mother’s Day next month…but order
early! There’s no assembly line production here. The very
first blackflower chocolate retail store has just
opened in Shelburne, VT, in the Shelburne Shopping Plaza. If you
don’t live near Vermont, you can phone in your order to (802)
425-5434. Meantime, check out the website for a complete listing
of alluring flavor fusions, at www.blackflowerchocolate.com.
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