With the holidays upon us, chocolate is admittedly on my mind. Well, maybe it always is. I love to get out to gourmet food shops and patisseries to see what ideas pop in my head from tasting and experiencing what is going on in the world of sweets.
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the things currently feeding my chocolate obsession:
- Valrhona Chocolate Class
I recently took a 3-day seminar at the L’Ecole Valrhona Brooklyn cooking school. I came away totally inspired from working with pastry chefs from around the world with ideas for chocolate creations that are going to blow your mind and your diet. I perfected the Big Chocolate Cake and our new Caramelized White Chocolate Ice Cream.
2) Chocolate Manjari Bûche de Noel
This cheesecake filled bûche puts a smile on my face. It is so chocolate, so cheesecake, so crunchy, and so smooth and dreamy. We have really stepped up our game with a contemporary take on this classic French Christmas dessert. Cheers!
3) Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookie
A combination of melt-in-your-mouth Valrhona chocolates with a caramelized butter flavor and crispy texture, you literally can’t eat just one of these cookies. You’ll need to buy 2, because you won’t want to share.
4) OMG Candy Bar
Morsels of luxury in this chocolate bar I bumped into in SF’s Ferry Building. It’s made with crispy hazelnut praline and sea salt caramel with caramelized Rice Krispies enrobed in 64% dark chocolate, and it’s a perfect stocking-stuffer.
5) Theo Chocolate Book
Seattle based Theo chocolate is North America’s first organic and Fair Trade chocolate factory. This 75-recipe book also tells the story of the company and its mouth-watering photos are sure to inspire you in the kitchen.
6) Chocolate Inspired Jewelry
Girls of all ages are going “ga-ga” over our dessert inspired jewelry from France. Les Delices d’ Emilie hand makes everything from éclairs and chocolate bars to Oreo Cookies and macaroons. Necklaces and earrings so enticing, you’ll want to buy them for the chocolate lovers in your life.
7) Extraordinary Desserts Baker’s Chocolates
A line of Valrhona chocolates and baking sugars to amp up your holiday baking or to give as a gift.
Wishing you a delicious and peaceful holiday season!