Sunday, April 21, 2013

Chocolate Visions

Chocolate Visions is yet another area chocolatier I discovered at my local chocolate shop.  They only distribute at a handful of chocolate shops, although you can purchase directly online.  They also work closely with a number of wineries, producing chocolates specifically to go with their wines.

They mostly make truffles, but also produce some bars.  All their chocolate is E. Guittard, Callebaut, or Chocovic.  They work with many area producers to source the other ingredients, including things like olive oil, basil, lavender, and of course, wine.  This is a very small scale, local as it gets, operation. I can't wait to try more of their goods.
  • Luscious Lemon (61% Bittersweet chocolate, handmade meyer lemon peel, applewood smoked almonds, lemon oil).  Tasting notes: Really nice quality dark chocolate, good texture.  Lovely lemon flavor.  Taught me that lemon and chocolate are actually a great combo.  The almonds didn’t seem necessary to me.
  • Omega Truffle:  “Luscious melted chocolate is combined with a very special olive oil from Valencia Creek Farm in Aptos, CA.  Chocolate, cream and the olive oil are blended to produce the ganache.  After it sets up it is sprinkled with a salt that was gathered from a secret salt pond off of Big Sur by a man who actually repels down a cliff to get it.” Tasting notes: smooth dark chocolate ganache, nice hit of sea salt.  Many salty chocolates lack a good balance of the salt, this one worked surprisingly well.  Unfortunately, I didn’t taste the olive oil.
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