June 2011 Chocolate of the Month: Saffron and Wild Lime Bonbons

For posterity and record keeping, I’m making a blog post with each Chocolate of the Month as the month ends.

The Facebook photo album with glorious photos of the June chocolates is here, check it out!

June is the one-year anniversary of the Chocolate of the Month Club, and it’s the first new chocolate we’ve made in our soon-to-be-open-to-the-public shop, so I wanted it to be something special.

The cool, freshly renovated shop (a little more than a month ago it was a dank and dusty laundromat!) inspires calm and creativity, and I spent a quiet afternoon recently playing around with different flavor pairings and enjoying working in the kitchen I’d designed and brought to life. This sophisticated bonbon is the result of my experiments, and its freshness is an homage to the exciting newness in the Lagusta’s Luscious world.

A blend of several different permutations of lime—lime extract, ground wild Persian lime, and fresh lime zest—and the deep, mysterious, luxurious, decadent flavor of super high-quality saffron is folded into a vegan milk chocolate ganache filling. The ganache is lighter than the dark chocolate ganache in our truffles, which shows off the light, bright flavors well. This smooth filling is piped into a cacao pod-shaped chocolate shell, reminding us of the specialness of our pal theobroma cacao.

Club members will receive two boxes of Saffron and Wild Lime Bonbons.

We’ve had a fantastic first year of the Chocolate of the Month Club, and look forward to many more. Thanks for your support!

 

May 2011 Chocolate of the Month: A Pair of Barks

For posterity and record keeping, I’m making a blog post with each Chocolate of the Month as the month ends.

Oh, the Facebook photo album with glorious photos of the barks is here, check it out!
May 2011 Chocolate of the Month: A Pair of Chocolate Barks
Strawberries and Cream Bark
and
Fig and Caramelized Fennel Bark

Strawberries and Cream Bark
More white chocolate! Everyone loved the January white chocolate truffles so much that I knew we had to do more. This sweet, easygoing bark is a swirl of non-waxy, delicious housemade white chocolate and our bittersweet dark chocolate, studded with crunchy bits of freeze-dried strawberries.

Fig and Caramelized Fennel Bark is dark and stormy—rich Calimyrna figs with toasted praline fennel seeds.

And there we go! (We were deep into renovation world in May, so no purple prose this month!)

 

 

 

 

June 2010 Chocolate of the Month: Almond-Strawberry Creams

For posterity and record keeping, I’m making a blog post with each Chocolate of the Month as the month ends (or, in this case, a year later.).

The very first chocolate of the month, one year ago this month! It’s been wonderful, how did I ever live without this fun challenge?

And now, on this beautiful summer day, how nice to remember that very first chocolate. The June 2010 chocolate was a real beauty: Strawberry-Almond Creams. Glorious rich almond cream with bright, beautiful, local organic strawberries folded in, encased in a thin bittersweet chocolate shell. Literally farm fresh.

My mouth is watering thinking about these little dudes. I came across a few tablespoons of the almond-strawberry filling in the freezer recently and I just ate it straight up with a spoon. Delicious.

Pete Taliaferro grew the strawberries, and oh my, they were perfect.

Oh, the Facebook photo album with glorious photos of the almond-strawberry creams is here, check it out! There are a million photos, and they’re super fun.

This one might have to be a seasonal special every year…