If you’re Vosges Haut-Chocolate, then very, very sexy.
Although most women love chocolate and wouldn’t mind being given chocolate, it is seen as kind of a cop-out come Valentine’s Day…that is, unless you are being handed a box of handcrafted, beautifully and uniquely created aphrodisiacs disguised as gourmet chocolate truffles.
Katrina Markoff, chocolatier and owner of Vosges Haut-Chocolat, ensures only the highest quality ingredients are used in Vosges’ exotic truffles. In fact she personally chooses every spice, flower and chocolate and “utilizes the original methods of French confectionery artistry which she learned during her training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.” She has worked in France, Spain, Italy, Southeast Asia and Australia, so her haut-chocolats have “worldly inspirations. ... The infusions of rare spices and flowers combined with premium chocolate give a delicate balance of flavor, leaving you with a layered and lingering sensation of spice and chocolate, a true haut-chocolat experience.”
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Vosges Haut-Chocolat has launched the new Luxe Sweet Coquette Truffle Collection:
Inside our Sweet Coquette Collection a dossier of aphrodisiac truffles and folklore await. For centuries, anxious suitors, emperors and queens have sipped many substances in the hopes of wooing a reluctant lover or arousing desire. This petite box features four powerful parfums—from oysters to mamajuana to pistachios—to inspire a memorable evening.
Vosges sent me the Luxe Sweet Coquette Truffle Collection along with the Mini Valentine’s Day Candy Bar Library
Now, Nathan and I hadn’t read what truffles were featured in the collection before embarking on this whole exotic-truffle-as-aphrodisiac experience. (And yes, I suggest enjoying these with your Valentine—think of it as foreplay to foreplay.) We simply educated ourselves on how to eat Vosges chocolate (though the directions for the Luxe Sweet Coquette collection are a bit more, shall I say, sexy)...
...and then picked one to give it a go. We started with the one featuring the small rose petal nestled on the top of the truffle; it was my first experience eating something with a rose flavor, but I kind of liked what is a romantic scent infused into a decadent dessert. The chocolate had a nice snap and the ganache was extremely smooth and creamy. (I found out this is the Bronte, which features Sicilian pistachio paste, rose water and 45% deep milk chocolate.)
I went solo for the second taste test (Nathan had a cold and no sense of smell, hence no sense of taste) and tried the white chocolate truffle brushed with pearl dust. Though I’m not usually a white chocolate lover, Vosges truffles are so unique, I had to give it a shot. Nice aroma, nice snap and a creamy center—with what I said to Nathan was a “fishy” aftertaste. Come to find out, this is Vosges Haut-Chocolat’s newest truffle: the Kumamoto featuring “a seducing combination of Kumamoto oyster-infused cream, white chocolate and edible pearl dust.” I’m all for aphrodisiacs, but not being one for seafood, I’d have to find another truffle to “pique carnal pleasure.”
The collection also includes the Edith (Piper Heidsieck Rose Sauvage Champagne, crushed rosebud tea and 65% dark chocolate) and the Mamajuana (craft spirit infused with rum and secret spices, 65% dark chocolate and chamomile). By the way, I guess the chamomile after smelling the Mamajuana truffle. These beauties are wonderful fragrant! Though I didn’t enjoy the Kumamoto, I did appreciate its unique flavor as I did the Bronte. Of course, if you truly experience Vosges’ Luxe Sweet Coquette Collection as they’re meant to be experienced, you’ll discover it’s not just about the haut-chocolates.
Vosges Haut-Chocolat has a wonderful assortment of Valentine’s Day gifts including vegan, gluten-free and champagne-paired gift sets.
Their Mini Valentine’s Day Candy Bar Library is another treasure they sent for review, but the truffles were so rich I couldn’t take another bite. And that statement right there tells you Vosges Haut-Chocolat is some pretty serious—and sexy—chocolate.—Emily