Saturday, March 17, 2018

Go Beyond Vegan with Queer Chocolatier

Queer Chocolatier Boxes
Earlier this week I introduced you to Morgan from Queer Chocolatier. If you haven't watched our video review make sure you go check it out then come back and finish this article. Morgan gave us 6 of their truffles to test out, 4 traditional and 2 vegan. Your Chocolate Priestess wanted help with four of the flavors because they involved alcohols, coffee, and teas. However I didn't want to want too long for these fresh truffles and I wasn't able to negotiate a meeting with the alcohol or coffee specialist who often help me out. I apologize to anyone who finds of some of the resulting descriptions less that you are used to. As always the words of the Tea specialist will be italicized so you can tell the difference between my experiences and his. The boxes made it easy to tell vegan from traditional; the vegan is in the turquoise color, the traditional is in white. Queer Chocolatier gave us these 6 truffles for free in exchange for a fair and honest review; no other form of compensation was received.


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
Next I tested the Wedding Anniversary Truffle which has pistachio and rose water along with dark chocolate. Let me be blunt: pistachios are not my favorite nut but if they are combined with dark chocolate I generally like them. In our interview with Morgan she said she used coconut milk in her vegan truffles but that's not listed on the ingredients, only dark chocolate, pistachios, and rose water. You can tell that this one is rolled in tiny pieces of pistachios. This has a sweet rose scent to it when I bring it to my nose; I can't pick out the chocolate. When I bite it in half I bite through a nut and it makes a snap otherwise it is silent. The initial flavor is the rose followed by dark chocolate and then some pistachio but the nut is countered by the other two flavors so it cannot become dominant. After I chew the first half I let the other melt on my tongue. The rose flavor is turned down and a creamy dark chocolate becomes the principle flavor.  Of course the nuts are left over, they do not melt, but they are so infused by the rose and the chocolate that I  really like them. This is a good truffle, too, but I think I prefer the basic bittersweet.

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.

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