Life by Chocolate

Chocolate, white, milk, dark, in all its forms forms life. Chocolate truffles, caramels, and other confections are at the core of enjoyment. This is life by chocolate because death by chocolate is the wrong attitude.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Wintry Mix: Truffles or Bonbons (Bon bons)

That sounds like a great name for a confection. Anyway, that's what we are having right now. It's snow raining ice. Ouch.

I've stopped in at Powells candy store in Los Gatos. (Why are we in Los Gatos?) I bought what they call truffles and what I call bon bons. To me, truffles have to look like truffles and they should most probably have a ganache center. The biggest thing is, they have to look like truffles. What I bought were molded bullet like chocolates with a fondant center. Basically, my cherry cordials are also bon bons. I think of bon bons as molded chocolates or they can be ice cream covered with chocolate, too. But I don't think of truffles as molded. Truffles have a ganache center, rolled, and then hand or forked dipped into chocolate with decoration. Here's an OK definition of truffles. The important thing is to make them look something like a fresh black truffle. Or a fresh white truffle. Molded chocolate do not look like that. They look like bon bons.

I just hate this misuse of the word truffle.

Comments? Suggestions?

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