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Chocolate - the truffle debate

Brad Kaplan | Mar 5, 200311:37 PM

Following up on the recent threads on local chocolatiers, a friend introduced me to "Truffles by Katia" - a small one woman operation - and it really hit me how different hand crafted truffles can be. Katia's are big round globes of intensity - about the size of a, well, hmm, a golf ball? (maybe not that big, I don't play golf!) Big enough that it takes at least two bites to finish off. And I was thinking about XOX's version, which is kinda roughly shaped and definitely bite sized. A one hit wonder so to speak (though a wonderful wonder). I definitely like the idea of sharing one with someone (aren't truffles perfect aphrodisiacs anyway?), but would love to hear thoughts on the size and shape of truffles and how that impacts the experience - small, large, round and smooth, lumpy nubs, what works best?

By the way, I tried several flavors of the Truffles by Katia and ordered a dozen of the pistachio marzipan. I thought marzipan? Ew. But this was not like any marzipan I have had before - not sugary at all, but a nutty chewiness that blended into a smooth chocolate yummmm. The others I tried were a very good deep espresso, a bursting forth raspberry (made with fresh berries), and a nice slightly burnt caramel milk chocolate. She uses Scharffen Berger, which is one of my favorites anyway. She's only taking orders by email right now - -
and delivers or lets you pick up at her place in Hayes Valley. It was $20 for the dozen and came in a nice gold box (kinda godiva like in look - good for gift-giving - I think I'll take some home to my parents next week). Given the size and quality, I thought that was a pretty good buy for hand crafted truffles.

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