Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Trick or Truffle with Trio of Treats

Did I use enough "t" words in the post title for you?  Today we are doing part one of a two part Halloween Treat Challenge from Seattle Chocolates. You can get their two-bite size wrapped truffles in bags or in boxes for the Halloween or even just Fall season. The box you can see in our photo to the right, contained Pumpkin Spice, Salted Almond, and Espresso truffles. We also got a bag of the pumpkin truffles along. We're going to look at each variety of these truffles as well as both packaging options. Seattle Chocolates sent me the Trick or Truffle Box as well as the bag of Pumpkin Spice truffles to test and write honestly about; I received no other compensation for this review.

We'll start with the basic bag of truffles -- this one has their Pumpkin Spice truffles. The truffles are wrapped in orange foil. You can see the bag on the left hand side of the box the entire Halloween delivery came in from Seattle Chocolates (photo above) along with the Trick or Truffle and stack of six Halloween wrapped bars in flavors we have not tried before. Now back to the Pumpkin Spice truffles. These are milk chocolate and have a strong fall spice scent to them when I unwrap just one. I can pick out the ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon just with a sniff. The spices are blended into the chocolate giving it a very light texture and a soft crunch. The primary flavor is the creamy chocolate with the four spices (add in allspice) blended as though I were having a fall hot cocoa... in fact I'm better this would be great in hot cocoa. Later when I try it, I'm correct! Pumpkin everything is big this time of year so if you love the spices associated with it, give these a try just don't expect pumpkin flavor itself. The spice from this will linger in your mouth for many minutes after you eat one of these so be careful what you eat or drink next... hopefully it will be more chocolate!

The Trick or Truffle 4 oz box that has some of Pumpkin Spice but also Salted Almond and Espresso truffles. The Salted Almond truffles are wrapped in a gold foil and were the least amount of truffles in the box I got to test out. These are clearly a dark chocolate in both color and fragrance that has a hint of salt and an undercurrent of almond to it. There are a few tiny pieces of almonds inside the dark solid truffle that give it a bit of crunch. The first flavor is a slightly bitter chocolate, the almond, a sudden uptick in salty flavor, then it settles back into a blend of these flavors. Of course, letting a piece melt in your mouth practically removes the almond flavor until you crunch those so I recommend chewing this one.

The Espresso truffles are wrapped in dark reddish brown foil and I turned these over to three my Acolytes to help me test them out. The first thing that the group noticed was that there was a strong chocolate and a strong coffee smell just after unwrapping these pieces. It has a nice dark chocolate flavor and a bit of graininess to the otherwise soft yet solid treat that reminded all three testers of chocolate covered espresso beans. Sadly one of the three testers hates chocolate covered espresso beans so this did not impress here at all. The other two really liked these but said that was because they both really like chocolate covered espresso beans. If you know your stance on chocolate dipped coffee beans, you'll know whether or not to try these then.

If you have not heard of nor tried Seattle Chocolates before, what are you waiting for? We've been honored to test and write about several of their products over the years. While not every flavor of truffle we got to test were favorites of all of our testers, we appreciate the company's commitment to the environment and to being a woman owned business as well as the range of flavors they have tried out over the years. I really liked both the Salted Almond and the Pumpkin Spice truffles as did everyone I was able to share them with. For an adult party, these would be nice little treats to have out in bowls for folks just make sure you include the ingredient list for folks who might have food allergies.

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