September 2010 Chocolate of the Month: Summertime Truffles

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

Here’s September, a super fun month.

First of all, the Facebook photo album with glorious photos of this month’s chocolate is here, check it out!

September is the last gasp of summer, and I wanted to pay homage to it with a special chocolate that was bursting with ripe summery flavors. I decided on a Mediterranean-inspired truffle assortment box of special bittersweet truffles made with olive oil ganache (the silky smooth interior of a truffle) instead of the usual coconut butter ganache. Extra virgin olive oil makes a soft, rich ganache that is super savory, with a luxurious mouthfeel. There are eight truffles in the September truffle box, with two each of four flavors. As usual, all are organic, handmade, fair-trade, and vegan.

Tomato balsamic: a sweet balsamic vinegar syrup infused with olive oil ganache, enrobed in chocolate and dusted with homemade heirloom tomato powder.
Corn: Yes, there was corn in one of the August Chocolates of the Month, but my corn + chocolate thirst was not quite slaked, so here is a basil-infused olive oil ganache enrobed in chocolate and dusted with homemade corn powder.
Classic: The classic, original truffle: just ultra-smooth ganache enrobed in chocolate and rolled in cocoa powder.
Cilantro: Yep. We did it: a cilantro truffle!! One of my tasters called it “not like chocolate, but like something else entirely. Something AMAZING.” It has faint licorice notes, and an herbal vibe. If you’re not a fan of cilantro, just let me know when placing your order (write a note in the “notes” field of your PayPal order, or email me if you’re in the Chocolate of the Month Club) and we can give you two of another truffle. But unless you have that gene that causes you to dislike cilantro, I’d really encourage you to give this one a try. It’s wonderful in a most weird way. This is garnished with a small chunk of Cyprus black lava flake salt.