Most girls get earrings and cute tops for their birthdays. Sometimes, if their significant others are morons, they get gym memberships or vacuum cleaners. Me, I get food.
And I couldn’t be happier about it.
This past birthday, I received the following from my dear friends: A bag of Little Flower Candy Company sea salt caramels, dark and milk chocolate turtles from Chocolate Soldier, a box of Berger Cookies from Baltimore, a Green & Black organic hazelnut and currant dark chocolate bar, and, the piece de résistance, a box of Compartes truffles from my friend Erin (Dishwasher Ready).
Erin knows that I’m a slave for chocolate – in particular high quality chocolate like the handcrafted truffles at Compartes. I’ve been known to make mad dashes to the chic Brentwood chocolatier during my lunch breaks for one of their honey peanut butter sea salt truffles. (Maybe one of their smoked salt truffles too…) As such, I was clearly more than a little delighted when Erin slid the telling brown box across the table at my party at Bar*Food nearly three weeks ago. (I may have reacted like one of the “woo girls” on “How I Met Your Mother” – “Wooooo!”)
The best part about receiving a box of Compartes truffles (aside from the most obvious reason – not having to pay for it), is the surprise element. When I pick out chocolate for myself, I stick to safe flavors that I know I like – hazelnut, tiramisu, fleur de sel caramel, etc. I enjoy the results, but don’t open myself up to the opportunity to be tantalized by something new and different.
The box of truffles that Erin selected for me allowed me the chance to be the adventurous eater that – despite my best efforts with foie gras – I’m not. Mixed in with my favorites (the aforementioned honey peanut butter sea salt, smoked salt and fleur de sel caramel) were funky flavors that I found just as appealing, if not more appealing, than my standbys. The lemongrass, jasmine tea, caramelized banana curry, and blackberry sage truffles delighted my palate and senses. I couldn’t help but close my eyes when savoring one so that I could concentrate on the distinct flavor combinations that somehow worked perfectly when embraced by the premium dark chocolate. Eating a Compartes truffle didn’t just satisfy my chocolate cravings (or pull the plug on a bad mood); it gave me a unique experience every time I reached my hand into the box.
For the past two weeks, I’ve felt a little bit like Forest Gump – I never knew exactly what I was going to get when I bit into each piece of chocolate. Of course, when the box of chocolates is from Compartes, not knowing isn’t a liability – it’s the best part.
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