Posts Tagged ‘Champagne Truffles’

And, The Winner Is…

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

Festival de Cannes

Champagne Truffle

It’s not a capital city, or even near one. Yes, cinema was invented in France, but that was in Paris, not Cannes. And sure, the weather in Cannes may be nice, but that certainly isn’t a unique selling point. It wasn’t only the city’s “sunny and enchanting location” that clinched it for Cannes. The real reason for its selection for the ultimate film festival was that the municipal authorities agreed to cough up the dough to build a dedicated venue for the event.

On the surface, a city such as Cannes perhaps might not strike you as the place to host the world’s most famous film festival, but for 12 days in May the city of Cannes is transformed from a quiet seaside resort into the entire focus of the international film industry. This year over 200,000 people—filmmakers, film fans, and star-gazers alike—will descend on the Croisette to take part in the Cannes Film Festival (or more correctly, the Festival de Cannes… you know how the French are so particular to the use of language). During these two weeks thousands of films are screened, careers are and stars from all over the will gather to bask in both the sunlight and, most importantly, the limelight.

Ever since the early 1950s, when a bikini-clad Brigitte Bardot frolicked on the beach for the cameras, Cannes has grown to embody four of the world’s favorite indulgent pastimes—food, wine, sex and cinema. Now easily the most famous film festival of them all, the mere mention of Cannes conjures up images of red carpets, palm trees, scantily-clad starlets, the blinding flashes of a million paparazzi cameras, celebrity parties and now Choclatique Chocolate. CHOCLATIQUE CHOCOLATE? An American-made chocolate featured in France?

Box of BubblyChoclatique was invited to be the official chocolate at the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival over all the leading American chocolate companies. From May 11th through Many 22nd the Choclatique brand and logo will be seen and tasted internationally by thousands of celebrities, producers, directors, publicists, lawyers, producers, actors, and movie marketing executives. The American Pavilion will feature our Box of Bubbly—Choclatique Dom Perignon Champagne Truffles in our beautiful new reusable leather boxes. These are the same Champagne truffles that are available to send to your dad or favorite sweetie.

At Cannes this year the Choclatique logo will proudly be seen next to the likes of British Air, Coca Cola, Intel, The Economist Magazine, The International Herald Tribune, SAG, Sierra Nevada, etc. Not too bad for a small Southern Californian artisan chocolate company.

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Chocolate Champagne Truffles

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
— Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

More people are making their own gifts at home this year and food is the most popular thing to make. What are the most popular home-prepared foods this time of year? During the holidays this season more home cooks are making a variety of wonderful, home-made cakes, cookies, pastries and candies. One of the easiest chocolate confections to master is the chocolate truffle.

A French invention, the original chocolate truffle was a ball of nothing more than rolled ganache—simply made of dark bittersweet chocolate and cream—often flavored and rolled in cocoa powder. It was named after the precious black truffle fungus because of its physical resemblance.

The chocolate truffle was originally created in the kitchens of the famous French culinary giant Auguste Escoffier during the 1920s. As the story goes, one day, as his apprentice attempted to make a pastry cream, he accidentally poured hot cream over a bowl of chocolate chunks rather than the bowl of sugared egg he should have aimed for. As the chocolate and cream mixture set, he found he could work the chocolate paste with his hands to form a bumpy, lopsided ball. After rolling the new creation in cocoa powder, he was struck by their similarity to the luxurious truffles from the French Périgord region and the Piedmont area of Italy.

As the truffle concept caught on, different truffle textures were created by rolling the center ganache in white confectioner’s sugar or finely chopped nuts, and the ganache was flavored with with the likes of Champagne and other liqueurs.

Today, the term truffle is often misused in America to describe any filled chocolate, and it becomes very confusing. If you see a box labeled “chocolate truffles,” are you going to get round balls of ganache, or ganache-filled chocolates? Or are you going to get a box of cheap assorted creams and other mixed chocolates?

Choclatique Champagne TrufflesAt Choclatique we take making truffles seriously, because we believe that there is nothing more decadent and indulgent than a luscious Champagne truffle made by our artisans—except, perhaps a whole box of them! Our Champagne Truffles are a wonderfully light, creamy and yes, even bubbly, white chocolate and cream ganache made with Dom Perignon Champagne and then enclosed in our rich, award-winning, Private Reserve Dark Chocolate which is then kissed with a leaf of 24-karat gold!

Choclatique Champagne TruffleOur Chocolate Champagne truffle is molded as a contemporary version of the cork peeking out from a bottle—a design created by the talented designers and artists from Ferrari. A Box of Bubbly is a wonderful marriage of the Grand Crux of flavors from France and the Grand Prix of Italian design.

You can find my simple, original Champagne truffle recipe by clicking here, or purchase a Box of Bubbly—Choclatique Champagne Truffles on our website. We will ship them out to you faster than you can say “Merry Christmas.” So, ring in the holidays with the very best—Box of Bubbly—Choclatique Champagne Truffles.

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