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chuao chocolatier, irvine - mini report

jschyun | Oct 31, 200506:05 PM

Well, went to Irvine Spectrum and got myself my favorite pieces.

Hey they're giving out free samples of their hot chocolate! I got the Maya which is their (not very) spicy one. Rich and chocolatey w/ a mild tinge of heat. Yum

I got a 9 piece box (about $13.50). I put the following pieces in my box, mostly old faves:

As mentioned, I think everyone needs to try that passionfruit heart. It's called the Parchita. They have it in dark and milk choc. I've said good things about the milk one but obviously the dark is awesome. I should have gotten more of those. Ate those first.

Melao: their version of salt butter caramel bonbon. Not very salty like Recchiutti's salt butter caramels. This is a liquid caramel, not chewier version. Very good, fresh, buttery. Yum.

Picante: "California raisin fondue and napa valley cabernet caramel, spiced with pasilla chili and cayenne pepper" so freaking good. hope you like raisins. like a raisinet on steroids

Modena: “strawberry caramel with balsamic vinegar from Modena” little too sweet for me but I still like it.

Cambur: "soft banana and brown sugar caramel" a little too sweet for my tastes, nothing sharp to cut the sweetness, but still great banana flavor, so luscious. brown sugar.

(forgot name): this one flame colored piece that was spicy and had macadamia praline. Yum

Cardamom: dark choc ganache infused w/ cardamom. Cardamom flavor is fairly light. i could take a heavier dose of cardamom actually but I'm a cardamom freak.

Mulato: “artisan almond marzipan and chopped roasted macadamia nuts.” almost good enough to make me forget that I dislike marzipan. kind of on the dry crumbly side, but that's what marzipan is like. bleah.

The Zen (green tea infused ginger ganache) was one I forgot to get. Damn.

thin shells on these bonbons, as they should be. I remember someone saying something about how Boule's chocolates had too-thin shells and for their money they wanted chocolate. Don't come here if that is your sentiment, even though the shells on these are slightly thicker than Boule's. Actualy, they're perfect. If I want large quantites of pretty decent chocolate, I go to Trader JOe's and get a pound plus bar for $3.50

thx to bottomlesspit for alleviating my Mervyn woman like anxiety (“open, open, open”)

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