Island Angel Chocolates were exceedingly generous with their Offering to The Chocolate Cult, Sisters and Brothers. So much so that your Chocolate Priestess has decided to split them into two Saturday Sacraments. Today we will look at the top half of the box of chocolates they sent her, at the end of June we will reveal the bottom half of that same box to you all. To do this required me to spread out each half over a few weeks though this review is written, as always, as I'm eating them so you get immediate sensory reports. Inside the box is a color coded list of the truffles but Mona, the chocolatier behind Island Angel Chocolates, also sent me a letter listing each one so I don't misidentify any of them and because some our seasonal flavors not listed on the card. I'm not going to reveal these in the order you see above but instead in pairs that I think might help me appreciate each truffle and play off of each other so check out the coupled photographs as well.
Island Angel Chocolates has "Royal Grand" and a "Dark Swiss Caramel" truffles to send us off in a sweet way. The "Royal Grand" not surprisingly has a sweet rumlike fragrance to it when I take a sniff of it's milk chocolate shell. The top is drizzled peach color perhaps white chocolate but I'm not sure except that it looks unique among the selection. The shell makes a soft snap when I take a bite. The semi-soft milk chocolate center has both a creamy chocolate flavor but also a slight rum essence and burn that fades back into the chocolate itself as the aftertaste. The "Dark Swiss Caramel" is odd in that it doesn't have much of a scent outside the dark shell with milk chocolate drizzle and almost colorless crystals. This dark shell makes a loud snap and I quickly catch the semi-liquidity center on my tongue that becomes coated in tangy caramel. Caramel and dark chocolate always taste great to me and this liquidity quality adds to the experiences by combining two textures for my mouth to explore. The liquid disappears quickly taking the sweet tang with it so that a cocoa buzz can be felt by the end of just one bite. An excellent chocolate all around.
This might seem superficial but one of the things I appreciate most about these truffles was how easy the variety guide and the truffles themselves were to identify. Sometimes variation on decoration is so subtle that you can't tell, sometimes the fragrance so light you can't detect it through the chocolate shells, but each of these truffles was easy to name and therefore I could focus on just appreciating them through all my senses. There was more variety here for my senses to experience than normal for truffles so I'm very pleased, Sisters and Brothers. Would you like to get your own Island Angel truffles? Look them up online or go visit their store at 138 2nd Street in Langley, Washington. In one month, your Chocolate Priestess will reveal the bottom half of this wonderful offering from Island Angel Chocolates in another "Saturday Sacrament".
Sisters and Brothers, may you, too, take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.