Last week I stopped by for a dozen chocolates at Kee’s and discovered that she now offers shaped chocolates in addition to the round truffles that she has always made. I decided to try 10 shaped chocolates.
They all tasted good but suffered from a lack of attention to detail: on the bottom of one, there was a swirl pattern, as though the couverture wasn’t mixed right (just a guess—don’t know much about chocolate making); on another, the shape was smudged badly; and on a third, there were a few air bubbles.
I know I’m being picky, but at her prices, I expect perfection, and these weren’t perfect. One of the French pastry shops (P. Herme) I used to frequent while living in Paris gave away every single pastry to the workers that did not look perfect. His prices promise and deliver perfection. I thought I’d get perfection at Kee’s, but I didn’t.
I wonder if her three new apprentices means less attention to detail?
Anyone else had this experience?