I love truffles. I am partial to floral (like rose, lavender) and fruity flavors, but really any kind will do. My favorites are from Wine Country Chocolates in Sonoma, California. (http://www.winecountrychocolates.com/) They have a beautiful collection, including ones that feature wine flavors. On a recent visit, I picked up this box of goodies:
I also love their chocolate covered pretzels:
As a kid, See’s candies was always a treat and now, as an adult, I’m always glad when someone gives me a box of these:
The Ferrero Collection is very popular among the Asian communities, with their hazelnut ganach inside:
For a long time, I had only been able to find variety packs like these in Hong Kong. But, to my surprise, I found them at Walgreens last week. Though they are more abundant, I have to admit that I have never been a fan. I think the quality of chocolate is mediocre and the fillings are too sweet.
I got a box of these Godiva truffles recently and was equally not impressed – they tasted very store bought and generic.
All in all, boutique and specialty chocolate shops reign supreme for me. Chocolate making is an art and should be done with love and care.