food tasting  July 2009
   

Chocolate and Olive Oil? America’s top producer of premium chocolate pairs its exquisite truffles with Academia Barilla Monti Iblei Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Vosges Haut-Chocolat, based in Chicago, IL, is America’s first producer of high-end [...]

Vosges Haut-Chocolat, based in Chicago, IL, is America’s first producer of high-end chocolates and truffles based on the finest ingredients from around the world. Their indulgent products are a blend of exotic flavors, capable of transporting you far, far away. Thanks to Vosges and their team of skilled chocolate makers, you can experience the smells and flavors of different places like Latin America and even Italy in your own home.

And to guide you through your own private tasting session, Vosges chocolates come with informative tasting notes and information on suggested pairings.

Let’s take a look, shall we?
Have you been craving a little spice in your life? Vosges’ Aztec Collection may be exactly what you need. This collection of exquisite truffles is based on carefully selected ingredients like Mexican vanilla bean, Venezuelan dark chocolate, Argentinean dulce de leche, Costa Rican cashews and ancho chilies.

Each truffle promises a sophisticated blend of flavors, delicately balanced to evoke curiosity and passion.

And for all of you Italian food lovers out there Vosges presents its seductive Collezione Italiana – a selection of chocolate truffles filled with regional Italian products like 12-year aged balsamic vinegar, Sicilian sea salt, wild Tuscan fennel pollen.

Each elegant truffle is a play on savory and sweet sensations. Take, for example, the Sale del Mare truffle: Sicilian sea salt is added to a soft burnt sugar caramel and covered with sweet milk chocolate.

“The salt of the caramel leads to a craving for the sweet ~ the milk chocolate.”

And get this…after careful examination and taste testing, Vosges has decided to pair with their Italian inspired chocolate collection with Academia Barilla Extra Virgin Olive Oil. We couldn’t be more pleased!

Inside the Vosges Olive Oil and Truffle Gift Box, you will find 9 chocolate truffles and a 750ml bottle of Academia Barilla Monti Iblei Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The fresh, green flavor and peppery finish of the oil make it an excellent palate cleanser.

And you don’t have to take our word for it:

“When I hold a cheese and chocolate pairing with the Collezione Italiana truffles at my house I always serve a crusty Italian farmer’s bread with olive oil to cleanse the palate between bites. My friend, Susan, suggested I offer the pair in a gift package ready to go, all you need to bring is the bread and cheese. Here you go!”

–Katrina Markoff, chocolatier and owner of Vosges

(Source: Vosges Website, http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/)

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