Saturday, March 24, 2018

Chocolate Bunny Fluffle

The big pre-Easter feature I was hoping to share with you all fell through because of some technical issues but that brand will be featured in later articles this year. Instead, I want to highlight some of the lovely (and not so lovely) edible bunnies we've covered over the past 9 years. I've included gourmet and mass produced bunnies so that all of you might be able to find one that intrigues you but is also within your budget. In the photo to the right, you can see a few of the many bunnies you'll find below if you keep reading. Not a lot of words after the introductory paragraphs, I promise, just lots of photos! None of the companies who sent us these products knew we'd be featuring their creations again so no form of compensation was received for this article.

The images below should be clickable (if I'm doing this correctly) so you can see the original post and learn more about the company that made it or where you might find what you see. Let me know in a comment if it does not work, please.

By the way, a "Fluffle" is what you call of group of bunnies... I wonder if that is because they are fluffy? If you know, let me know in a comment, too.


Highlight of Edible Bunnies on The Chocolate Cult 2009-2017

Emvi Chocolate Bunnies

Venchi Milk Chocolate Hollow Bunny

Russell Stover Dark and Milk Chocolate Bunnies

Nestlé Crunch Bunny

Reester Bunnies

Sjaak's Bunny from Taraluna

Williams-Sonoma Caramel Truffle Bunnies

Ghyslain Colorful Bunnies

Life By Chocolate Bunny

Hershey's Cookie Creme Bunnies

Snicker's Big Bunny

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Bunny

Basic Lindt Bunny

Watertown Confectionery Milk Bunny and Dark Heart

Milky Way Bunny

Frankford Bunny

Brach's Marshmallow Bunnies

Did any of these bunnies make your hungry? Leave a comment and let me know if you've had them or think they might be a good gift for Easter the next two weekends.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Calorie Free Easter Chocolate

Calories free chocolate for Easter? Really? With less than two weeks to go before the Western Easter this year your minds might already be turning toward the holiday and chocolate. We've looked at a lot of Easter chocolate in our 10 years or writing about chocolate but today we're looking at something unique -- a toy that smells like chocolate! A friend of mine gave this to me when he won it at a party. It is a Chocolate Scented Homerbest Bunny!

Want actually chocolate or candy options for Easter? Check out the "Easter" Label you can find on the right hand side of our page. Today let's look at this non-edible option

There are other Homerbest stuffed animal out there but I couldn't find the exact same one as the one I was given. This is a cute bunny, fluffy for sure, but it is supposed to smell like chocolate. The fragrance isn't casually strong, you have to really bring the toy to your face to smell it but a cocoa scent is there. Where the scent is located is interesting. The bunny has a lot of tan fluff on it and that is where the cocoa scent is strong. The light brown more saude feeling parts on the bottom of the feet, inside the ears, and around the face do not have a fragrance at all.

The way you have to be close to it to smell the cocoa may be a good thing. It won't overwhelm your house and hopefully won't attract pests or pets. But what might a young child do? I suppose there is a risk that they might try to take a bite out of it but lots of kids might try that any way. If a child doesn't like cocoa or chocolate this would not be a product to give to them because the smell may turn them off. Ultimately you have to know the person you are giving any gift to and that is the same in this case.

I've been trying to learn how to make more interesting photos for you all so below is an example of one where I highlight this new bunny among the decorations of the top layer of my Easter display on my fireplace and piano (not visible in this photo).

Of course the real question is: Would you feel good about giving your loved one a stuff toy that smelled like food or would you be worried about what they or a pet in the house might do if the toy smelled like food? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Go Beyond Vegan with Queer Chocolatier

Queer Chocolatier Boxes
Earlier this week I introduced you to Morgan from Queer Chocolatier. If you haven't watched our video review make sure you go check it out then come back and finish this article. Morgan gave us 6 of their truffles to test out, 4 traditional and 2 vegan. Your Chocolate Priestess wanted help with four of the flavors because they involved alcohols, coffee, and teas. However I didn't want to want too long for these fresh truffles and I wasn't able to negotiate a meeting with the alcohol or coffee specialist who often help me out. I apologize to anyone who finds of some of the resulting descriptions less that you are used to. As always the words of the Tea specialist will be italicized so you can tell the difference between my experiences and his. The boxes made it easy to tell vegan from traditional; the vegan is in the turquoise color, the traditional is in white. Queer Chocolatier gave us these 6 truffles for free in exchange for a fair and honest review; no other form of compensation was received.

We'll start with the two truffles that I tested out -- Bittersweet Truffle and Pistachio Rose Water Truffle. Each one weighs around 0.5 ounces.

Queer Chocolatier Truffles -- Traditional and Vegan

I first tested the Bittersweet Truffle, a basic truffle. You can see that this is handmade because it is not perfectly round. It is covered in cocoa powder. The ingredients listed on the bottom of the box are simple -- dark chocolate, heavy cream, butter, and cocoa powder. I very carefully smell this piece. I had an accident with a Greek cannoli once that resulted in a face, neck, and chest covered in cocoa, I don't want to repeat that! The cocoa fragrance is intense and makes me excited to take a bite. I bite the truffle into two halves. It is soft yet solid just as a handmade truffle should be. The cocoa powder makes me cough a few times. I chew this half and the flavor is slightly bitter, creamy, sweet, and it starts to produce that cocoa buzz I love. The second half I let melt in my mouth. The bitterness is tones down bringing the creamy chocolate to the fore. It is melted on my tongue in less than a minute. My eyes are wide and the room looks brighter, I feel calm and satisfied. Perfect truffle!

Queer Chocolatier Bittersweet Truffle
Next I tested the Wedding Anniversary Truffle which has pistachio and rose water along with dark chocolate. Let me be blunt: pistachios are not my favorite nut but if they are combined with dark chocolate I generally like them. In our interview with Morgan she said she used coconut milk in her vegan truffles but that's not listed on the ingredients, only dark chocolate, pistachios, and rose water. You can tell that this one is rolled in tiny pieces of pistachios. This has a sweet rose scent to it when I bring it to my nose; I can't pick out the chocolate. When I bite it in half I bite through a nut and it makes a snap otherwise it is silent. The initial flavor is the rose followed by dark chocolate and then some pistachio but the nut is countered by the other two flavors so it cannot become dominant. After I chew the first half I let the other melt on my tongue. The rose flavor is turned down and a creamy dark chocolate becomes the principle flavor.  Of course the nuts are left over, they do not melt, but they are so infused by the rose and the chocolate that I  really like them. This is a good truffle, too, but I think I prefer the basic bittersweet.

Queer Chocolatier Vegan Pistachio Rose Water Truffe

We'll start with the Vanilla Porter Truffle Classic. I've had a porter before but off the top of my head I couldn't tell you how it differed from other beers other than it is darker. The truffle is semi-soft so it makes no sound when I bite it in half. It has a darker flavor yet it is sweet, too. I let the second half melt in my mouth which tones down the bitter edge at first then allows it to build up. It leaves a tingle in my mouth that I wasn't expecting and I do feel that cocoa rush I love with darker chocolate. I definitely recommend letting this one melt in your mouth.

Vanilla Porter Truffle, Queer Chocolatier

The Vegan Vanilla Porter Truffle is next so let's see what effect the coconut cream has on the flavor and texture versus the heavy cream of the Classic variety. The scent is dark but also a touch sweeter. The truffle is firmer and it takes more pressure for me to bite it in half. It has a nice dark flavor but it is isn't bitter, the sweetness of the coconut seems to take the edge off. Oddly when I let the second half melt in my mouth that intensified the porter component meaning that I liked chewing the Vegan version more.

Vegan Vanilla Porter Truffle, Queer Chocolatier

Comparing the Vegan Vanilla Porter Truffle to the Classic version, in the below photo you see them both, reveals . At first they seem slightly different in size but that's merely a result of their handmade nature, I didn't feel like I got less from the Classic even though it weighed in at 2 grams less. They both had a strong cocoa and dark beer scent to them though the Vegan had a sweeter scent. The intensity of the porter beer was stronger in the Vegan version as well.

Classic vs. Vegan Vanilla Porter Truffle, Queer Chocolatier

Champagne with Popping Candy was the January 2018 Truffle.  This is a white chocolate truffle which isn't normally something that Queer Chocolatier does. This has a strong creamy vanilla scent and when I bite into it there is champagne flavor that blends very well with the white chocolate. The candy frizzles a bit but mostly it adds more sweetness and a bit of stickiness to the truffle. I'm not normally white chocolate fan either but this was smooth without feel too creamy or too heavy for my tastes.

Champagne with Popping Candy, Queer Chocolatier

Finally a Dirty Chai Truffle to end with a kick of not just chai tea but also espresso. Our tea specialist helped with this one because even though he doesn't drink coffee, he does like some coffee flavored chocolates and he loves all types of teas. Smells like cocoa but also a hot type of spice, unsure what type. He bites it in half and chews it. Fairly firm, immediate flavor is cocoa then a smooth chocolate with other notes that are interesting. It is almost Earl Grey Tea... what am I supposed to be teasing? I haven't had a lot of chai. No spiciness which I was expecting. He lefts the second half melt in his mouth. The outside seems spicy this time, but not a hot spice. I got more texture, some graininess when I let it melt in my mouth. I also got less chocolate and more a mixture of the various flavors. Couldn't pick out a coffee flavor at all. I definitely liked it even though it was not what I was expecting.

Dirty Chai, Queer Chocolatier

If you'd like to get your sweetheart or yourself some truffles, Queer Chocolatier is a chocolatier you need to check out. With a strong work ethic, a good social message, a focus on education, and a realistic attitude toward the chocolate business they are going to go far plus these truffles are their own are Sacrament Worthy. I do hope they invite me up when they open their chocolate house and I'm sure I'll get one or two of my volunteers to come with me.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A New Chocolate Gal in Indiana

You may have heard about bakeries refusing to make cakes for some people. Those are negative companies, refusing to do something in the name of religion. There are positive companies out there that also have a social agenda and we've covered some of them in the past. Today I want to introduce you all to Morgan Roddy from Queer Chocolatier. She is a Muncie, Indiana, chocolate maker whose business educates about more than just chocolate. Enjoy the video and if you view it on YouTube please vote for it and share it around.

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