|Queer Chocolatier Boxes|
We'll start with the two truffles that I tested out -- Bittersweet Truffle and Pistachio Rose Water Truffle. Each one weighs around 0.5 ounces.
|Queer Chocolatier Truffles -- Traditional and Vegan|
I first tested the Bittersweet Truffle, a basic truffle. You can see that this is handmade because it is not perfectly round. It is covered in cocoa powder. The ingredients listed on the bottom of the box are simple -- dark chocolate, heavy cream, butter, and cocoa powder. I very carefully smell this piece. I had an accident with a Greek cannoli once that resulted in a face, neck, and chest covered in cocoa, I don't want to repeat that! The cocoa fragrance is intense and makes me excited to take a bite. I bite the truffle into two halves. It is soft yet solid just as a handmade truffle should be. The cocoa powder makes me cough a few times. I chew this half and the flavor is slightly bitter, creamy, sweet, and it starts to produce that cocoa buzz I love. The second half I let melt in my mouth. The bitterness is tones down bringing the creamy chocolate to the fore. It is melted on my tongue in less than a minute. My eyes are wide and the room looks brighter, I feel calm and satisfied. Perfect truffle!
|Queer Chocolatier Bittersweet Truffle|
|Queer Chocolatier Vegan Pistachio Rose Water Truffe|
We'll start with the Vanilla Porter Truffle Classic. I've had a porter before but off the top of my head I couldn't tell you how it differed from other beers other than it is darker. The truffle is semi-soft so it makes no sound when I bite it in half. It has a darker flavor yet it is sweet, too. I let the second half melt in my mouth which tones down the bitter edge at first then allows it to build up. It leaves a tingle in my mouth that I wasn't expecting and I do feel that cocoa rush I love with darker chocolate. I definitely recommend letting this one melt in your mouth.
|Vanilla Porter Truffle, Queer Chocolatier|
The Vegan Vanilla Porter Truffle is next so let's see what effect the coconut cream has on the flavor and texture versus the heavy cream of the Classic variety. The scent is dark but also a touch sweeter. The truffle is firmer and it takes more pressure for me to bite it in half. It has a nice dark flavor but it is isn't bitter, the sweetness of the coconut seems to take the edge off. Oddly when I let the second half melt in my mouth that intensified the porter component meaning that I liked chewing the Vegan version more.
|Vegan Vanilla Porter Truffle, Queer Chocolatier|
Comparing the Vegan Vanilla Porter Truffle to the Classic version, in the below photo you see them both, reveals . At first they seem slightly different in size but that's merely a result of their handmade nature, I didn't feel like I got less from the Classic even though it weighed in at 2 grams less. They both had a strong cocoa and dark beer scent to them though the Vegan had a sweeter scent. The intensity of the porter beer was stronger in the Vegan version as well.
|Classic vs. Vegan Vanilla Porter Truffle, Queer Chocolatier|
Champagne with Popping Candy was the January 2018 Truffle. This is a white chocolate truffle which isn't normally something that Queer Chocolatier does. This has a strong creamy vanilla scent and when I bite into it there is champagne flavor that blends very well with the white chocolate. The candy frizzles a bit but mostly it adds more sweetness and a bit of stickiness to the truffle. I'm not normally white chocolate fan either but this was smooth without feel too creamy or too heavy for my tastes.
|Champagne with Popping Candy, Queer Chocolatier|
Finally a Dirty Chai Truffle to end with a kick of not just chai tea but also espresso. Our tea specialist helped with this one because even though he doesn't drink coffee, he does like some coffee flavored chocolates and he loves all types of teas. Smells like cocoa but also a hot type of spice, unsure what type. He bites it in half and chews it. Fairly firm, immediate flavor is cocoa then a smooth chocolate with other notes that are interesting. It is almost Earl Grey Tea... what am I supposed to be teasing? I haven't had a lot of chai. No spiciness which I was expecting. He lefts the second half melt in his mouth. The outside seems spicy this time, but not a hot spice. I got more texture, some graininess when I let it melt in my mouth. I also got less chocolate and more a mixture of the various flavors. Couldn't pick out a coffee flavor at all. I definitely liked it even though it was not what I was expecting.
|Dirty Chai, Queer Chocolatier|
If you'd like to get your sweetheart or yourself some truffles, Queer Chocolatier is a chocolatier you need to check out. With a strong work ethic, a good social message, a focus on education, and a realistic attitude toward the chocolate business they are going to go far plus these truffles are their own are Sacrament Worthy. I do hope they invite me up when they open their chocolate house and I'm sure I'll get one or two of my volunteers to come with me.