Van's Chocolates because we looked at their Assorted Selection back in January of 2010. Now we'll look at the huge sample they sent us of their Signature Collection which includes a wide range of chocolates they hand make. Don't worry, these were tested long before this review was posted and they were kept under moisture and temperature controls.
Signature Collection includes 24 types of chocolates, some of them two identical pieces which made the Acolytes and our friends very happy. However there was no guide included in the box and I can only find photos on the website for some of the truffles so this will be a taste and guess adventure again for us, Sisters and Brothers. This box contains various types of chocolate candies from their Turtles, Caramels, Meltaways, Nut Clusters, Butter Toffees and Creams selection but I also see Truffles here as well. If the shapes are traditional, we can use that as a guide for us today.
website the Turtles should be made with pecans but then I wonder why the two milk chocolate varieties? We'll see when we get to them, Sisters and Brothers. These measures about 1.75 inches across but vary in shape as a handmade turtle should be. The first milk chocolate turtle has a very buttery caramel inside of it that sticks to my mouth and teeth as well as crunchy nut pieces. The other milk chocolate turtle has a sweeter taste. I think the first was a traditional pecan based turtle while the second is a cashew variation. Both are a good mixture of the milk chocolate, the crunchy nuts, and a tangy or sweet caramel. The dark variation turns out to contain a buttery caramel with pecan nuts. It really sticks to my teeth as I chew making the caramel the final flavor overpowering the dark chocolate.
This very generous offering from Van's Chocolates was a delight to reveal to you all. In one month, on August 28, 2010, we'll post part two of this Saturday Sacrament for you to consider. So one half pound revealed today, and the other half pound tomorrow. I wonder how huge their five pound boxes must be!
Sisters and Brothers, may you, too, take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.