Left to right (bottom to top):
Peppermint candy cane dark chocolate
Blackberry creme de cassis dark chocolate
Caramel chai dark chocolate
Saffron honey dark chocolate
And they all came packaged in these little treat boxes:
Yes! That's my "company" logo on it. Okay, I don't really have a company, or really a business in which I make money at all. But I do make desserts for other people. I do have real clients and orders, so I wanted to have a name and logo. I have to say, I'm pretty proud of my business name and logo, which is a play off my last name, pronounced like the feminine pronoun, "she." Clever, no?
Anyways, back to the chocolate. As I said before, So. Much. Chocolate. There were so many people who I had to gift boxes to, in addition to my parents' co-workers, for whom they'd ordered chocolates from me. The chocolates came out deliciously. My personal favorites were the saffron-honey dark chocolates--the ones on the far right:
The saffron-honey ganache was just to die for. I seriously had to restrain myself from eating it all before it made it into the candies. The combination of saffron and dark chocolate was so rich and decadent, with the incredible fragrance of the saffron and the bitterness of the dark chocolate. I've honestly found a new favorite chocolate flavor combination.
The other chocolates were hits as well. (More so, especially, since saffron-chocolate is a bit "out there.") The peppermint candy cane chocolate used the peppermint ganache recipe here for filling. In the blackberry-cassis candies was blackberry jam and strong cassis liquor-flavored ganache, for an extra robust berry kick. The caramel-chai chocolates were filled with soft lemon caramel and Darjeeling/cardamom flavored ganache. (Quite reminiscent, in fact, of the chai sandwich cookies I posted about a few days ago.)
I am super relieved that Christmas is over, and I can give the chocolate work a rest for a while! Up next is buttercream and cupcake overload for a birthday party this coming weekend.
Okay, I am off to figure out a way to make champagne pancakes for New Years! Enjoy the chocolates, everyone. The recipes for the blackberry-cassis and saffron-honey chocolates are included below.
Happy New Years!
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