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Gandolf’s Fine Chocolates

Melanie Wong | Nov 3, 200310:54 PM

“Would you like a sample of the cranberry truffle? I want to be your chocolatier” – was my introduction to these chocolates, handmade in Russian River Valley. The dark chocolate ganache with a slight tang of tart cranberries was ultra-smooth. Enrobed with silky dark chocolate from E. Guittard, the overall impression was total lusciousness.

After dinner last night we shared the espresso truffle, topped with a roasted espresso bean and I liked this flavor equally well. The hazelnut truffle has a roasted hazelnut in the center, but we felt the nut detracted from the creamy texture of the ganache. We liked the size of these chocolates, not overly large, yet more than one bite. The enrobing chocolate is not brittle and cuts easily with a knife to share. Gandolph’s signature chocolate, shown below, is the Nipples of Venus. I gave a pair of these to a friend who quipped, "guess this proves that Venus was African."

The truffles are $2 each, or six for $10 (approximately 4 ounces). My sister commented that the $10 box would make a good Christmas present.

The regular outlet for Gandolf’s is the year-round Saturday morning Farmers Market in Santa Rosa’s Veterans Hall. The proprietor is making plans to sell small cups of rich French-style hot chocolate on cold mornings. Occasionally the chocolates are offered at the Sunday Windsor Farmers Market. They can also be purchased via the link below.

Gandolf’s Fine Chocolate, LLC [Sonoma County]
P.O. Box 367
Forestville, CA 95436
Tel/Fax 888-800-0722



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