Monday, November 19, 2012

Vosges - Mash Bill Collection - November 19, 2012

Chocolate(s) of the Day:

Vosges Haut Chocolat
1.) Bourbon Truffle - Good
2.) Whiskey Truffle - Very Good
3.) Scotch Truffle - Good
Weight: 1.13 oz. (32.3 g.) / 3.42 oz. (97 g.) in 9-piece box
Calories: 157 calories for 3 truffles
Cost: $26.00 for total 9-piece box
Purchased from:, Chicago, IL

Today was Day #2 of Chocolate and Sea Salt Theme Week. Some chocolates are decorated with a visible dash of salt crystals. Other chocolates, like some of today's, contain just a trace, or can benefit from a tiny dash of tasting salt on the side.

The ingredients list printed on the Mash Bill Truffle Collection from Vosges Haut Chocolat (Chicago, IL), contained sea salt as an ingredient, but it was unclear which of the four* flavored truffles contained salt; it was very subtle. No matter. I found a pinch of (additional) sea salt was especially good with the deep milk chocolate (45%) Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon Truffle that was topped with finely chopped pecan bits.

My favorite of the three truffles I tried was the dark chocolate (62% cacao) Templeton Rye Whiskey Truffle with tart cherry (which I particularly liked) and tobacco. The whiskey also harmonized well with the dark chocolate ganache.

The deep milk (45%) Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Scotch truffle contained traces of coconut, cocoa nib caramel and pineapple, a bold combinations of flavors.

* Note: I did not sample the Rogue Chocolate Stout Truffle, the fourth in this collection, due to concerns about possible wheat/gluten.
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