Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Champagne Truffles to Buy: Ring in the New Year

Ring in the New Year with Champagne Truffles. Don't have time to make them? Several great Chocolate Companies make Champagne Truffles.

Recchiuti San Francisco Champagne Truffles
Indulge in this version of a classic favorite. Dark chocolate truffle with 2001 Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs from Napa Valley and confectioner's sugar.

Teuscher Chocolate of Switzerland
House specialty, the famous Champagne Truffle, is a delicate blend of fresh cream, butter and chocolate with a champagne cream center surrounded by a dark chocolate ganache, covered in milk chocolate and dusted with confectioner’s sugar. Originally created by Adolf Teuscher, Sr. in 1947. Available also in an all dark version.

Jacques Torres
Jacques' Taittinger Champagne Truffles are a combination of milk chocolate, fresh cream and Taittinger Brut La Francaise. I love the cork shape of these truffles.

Vosges Champagne Truffle Collection
Artisanal dark chocolate truffles combined with Krug® Champagne. 85% dark chocolate with Grande Cuvee Champagne and shaped like a truffle mushroom.

La Maison du Chocolat, founded in Paris in 1977, is world renowned for its exquisite chocolate creations. La Maison du Chocolat selects and roasts its own cacao beans, and all of the chocolate is made from special house blends. Their collection of chocolate truffles are hand made at the La Maison du Chocolat workshop in Paris. Other truffles but includes Champagne truffles: dark chocolate truffles infused with Fine Champagne Cognac, covered with dark chocolate and dusted with cocoa powder.

Payard Truffles at Saks Fifth Avenue
Champagne Truffles

Neuhaus Champagne Truffles
Dark chocolate dusted with a frosting of powdered sugar with soft centers of champagne butter crea. Not for the superstitious. Neuhaus Champagne Truffles are sold in boxes of 13

Godiva makes a champagne truffle, but I haven't had one in awhile. I remember it was beautiful and very smooth, but there was more chocolate taste than champagne. Still Godiva truffles are great.

Scharffen Berger doesn't have Champagne Truffles, but John Scharffenberger's original winery (before he went into chocolate) made sparkling wine (Champagnoise methode). Scharffen Berger used to produce Chocolate Covered Zante Currants (champagne grapes). Not to everyone's taste. I didn't check to see if these are still made. They're nothing like Raisinets.

Which are your favorites?


paul levine said...

As I type, I'm nibbling a dark chocoate ball filled with vodka--from Diane Kron's in Beverly Hills.

Excellent, but I'd sure like to try some of those champagne treats, too.

Janet Rudolph said...

Teuscher's in Beverly Hills has Champagne Truffles. Actually any chocolate with alcohol is appealing. Haven't had one with Vodka, but I'll check out Diane Kron's online.