Monday, May 13, 2013

Socola Kheer truffles - May 13, 2013

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

Socola Chocolatier
Vegan Kheer Truffles
Good + - Very Good
Weight: .8 oz. (22.68 g.) in 2 pieces / 4 piece-box
Calories: 120 calories (estimate) in 2 pieces
Cost: $9.95 (estimate) for 1 4-piece box
Purchased from: Socola Chocolatier, San Francisco, CA

Today was Day #4 of Chocolate and Vietnam Theme Week.

Kheer is a milky rice-pudding like dessert in India, with similar versions in other Southeast Asian countries. Fragrant with cardamom, with touches of nuts and other spices, and maybe a touch of saffron and pandan, or dried fruit, these flavors were all tantalizingly present in today's Vegan Kheer Truffles from Socola Chocolatier (San Francisco, CA).

These Socola Kheer truffles inspired me to make a creamy, cardamom infused kheer-like dessert of my own -- with a Straus Family Creamery Greek yogurt base, and sweetened with golden-orange hued saffron honey. I also added some finely chopped almonds, cinnamon, vanilla, and other aromatic (pandan) and floral (rose water) ingredients.

To finish off this sweet, Socola (Vietnamese for chocolate) dessert tray: two hand-rolled, individually wrapped chocolate caramels. Life is good. Thank you to Wendy, Susan and Harriett at Socola, for making it so.

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