Christmas is Good: Artisan Confections
I am a chocoholic. I am also a chocolate snob. For instance I used to like Godiva, but they have really sold out lately and the chocolate quality has gone down hill. I also don’t really like milk chocolate very much anymore. It’s just not my thing. Lindt- uhuh, no way too buttery. I just want me some good quality chocolate, and interesting flavors and fillings are a plus.
So where do I get my chocolate? Artisan Confections, period, done, say no more.
Jason Andelman makes a fine selection of truffles, barks, bars, caramels, dragees and even hot chocolate. The truffle flavors change from time to time to keep things fresh. The passionfruit has a great distinction between rich dark chocolate and the tang of passionfruit, the caramel truffles are like bombs of oozing caramel goodness contained in a tasty, crunchy shell, the lavender honey is a personal favorite with a subtle but rich texture underneath a just thick enough, but not too thick layer of chocolate.
Of course then there is the Bittersweet bark with my other addiction: candied ginger and coconut. This is a great little crunch which is ther perfect bite at 3:00 in the afternoon when you need just a taste of something sweet.
But if you are like my Hubby then you need the peanut butter bars, crispy peanut butter praline with honey topped with chocolate are the best little candy bars I know.
And then there are the fought after, sought after caramels which are so good. While on the one hand the melt in your mouth goodness has just the right balance of sweetness, you also don’t want it to melt too fast because then it is gone and you need another!
Jason’s chocolate make great gifts and stocking stuffers. I know my Hubby is probably headed there this season and me too! And doesn’t it feel good to support a native Virginian? There are also fantastic chocolate classes, and you can see him making his tasty chocolates right in the store!