Harvest Truffles. Photo courtesy Recchiuti Confections.
It’s National Chocolate Day, an excuse for anyone to run to the newsstand to pick up a Hershey Bar or some M&Ms.
But the chocolate connoisseur deserves something better, and we’ve found it in these delicious Harvest Truffles from Recchiuti Confections of San Francisco, which we received as a gift.
Each bite of these beautifully flavored bonbons is a bite of heaven. The medley of three new flavors inspired by autumn includes:
- Cinnamon Malt Truffle, made with cassia cinnamon and barley malt
- Mandarin Truffle, infused with mandarin orange oil
- Cranberry Pomegranate Strata, with layered pomegranate and cranberry gelée atop chocolate ganache (strata means layer)
A nine-piece gift box, three of each flavor, is $26.00. It was all we could do to save some pieces for Day 2.
Get yours at Recchiuti.com. They are a lovely gift for any lover of fine chocolate.
BONBONS VS. TRUFFLES: THE DIFFERENCE
It’s easy to get confused when terms like bonbon, praline and truffle are used interchangeably to describe filled chocolates—and all three terms have alternative meanings as well.
The differences, describing filled or enrobed individual chocolate pieces, are country-based:
- Assorted Filled Chocolates, the English term.
- Bonbons, a French word describing a variety of confections including hard candy, chocolates, chocolate-covered confections, taffy and more.
- Pralines, a word that was originated in Belgium by Jean Neuhaus to describe his molded filled chocolates (but also refers to caramelized nuts in France).
- Truffle, a word that originated in France to describe balls of chocolate ganache, because they resembled the mushroom cousin, truffles.
Thus, when chocolatiers immigrated to the U.S., they might be selling pralines, truffles, bonbons or assorted chocolates, depending on their nationality. And, although the name of what they sold differed, the product might be the same.
In the interest of clarity, it would be ideal to stick with “bonbons” or “filled chocolates” for the filled chocolates, use “pralines” for caramelized nuts and nut patties, and reserve the term “truffles” for the balls of ganache.
But given all the imported candy, we can’t escape our chocolate Tower of Babel. If you receive a box of candy from Germany or Switzerland labeled “pralines,” for example, will it be filled chocolates or caramelized nuts? You may be surprised!
Here’s a detailed explanation.