Monday, February 21, 2011

Artisan Confections Caramel Hearts: Because It's OK to Eat Valentine's Chocolate Late

I have a fun fact for you: kids forget things. Often.

What does that have to do with chocolate? Well, one of my swimmers very kindly got me a box of caramel-filled hearts from Artisan Confections, which is based in nearby Arlington, VA.

And she even did this well in advance of Valentine’s Day! So why didn’t I include this in my review of chocolates to consider stocking up on for Valentine’s Day? Well, you see, buying and delivering are two separate processes. And practice is hectic. So I wound up ACTUALLY receiving these later last week.

It’s cool. You can give me chocolate anytime. Especially from Artisan Confections, which I enjoyed the last time I was given a gift of their chocolates. How did these caramels measure up?

The dominant aroma was coffee, with a fruity undertone. The shell is quite thin, features a smooth, bittersweet chocolate with little added sugar, and offers coffee and earthy notes.

The caramel inside is just a tad liquid for my personal tastes, but is substantial enough to not result in an uncontrolled mess. The taste of the caramel is a perfect combination of sweet and salty, and blends well with the chocolate shell from a flavor perspective, as the bittersweet chocolate matches well with the sugar in the caramel. There is a bit of crumbling, but it’s not severe enough to make this impossible to bite into. I certainly enjoyed this treat, and need to get myself over to Artisan Confections to procure more caramels.


Do you think it’s OK to eat heart-shaped candy after Valentine’s Day?


  1. Those look so good! I'll have to try something from Artisan Chocolates soon...

  2. Those look awesome!
    In my opinion, chocolate is can eat it anytime! =D

  3. That looks delicious!! I think it's perfectly okay to eat heart-shaped chocolates whenever.

  4. Yes!

    I intend to do the same (eat heart shaped chocolates this week... or next week). :)

    I certainly didn't feel guilty for eating Christmas-themed chocolate in May :D

  5. @Jessica They are sold at Biagio. I highly recommend the caramels.

  6. @Alina @ Duty Free Foodie I think I will make something heart-shaped in, say, August just to eat it then. Because.

  7. @Ana Amen. No guilt, regardless of the shape of your chocolate.

  8. It's definitely okay to eat candy past its intended or actual delivery date. If I find chocolate anywhere in my house, as long as it's still in its original packaging, I will eat it. Om nom nom.

    Also, I really like the way that chocolate looks. It's a beautiful color...almost shimmery? Am I making that up in my brain, or is there glitter in that chocolate?

  9. Gorgeous photos! And hurrah for a truffle that lives up to its aesthetic promise :)

  10. @Mary at n00bcakes I think it's luster dust - which you can pick up at most cooking supply stores (Sur la Table carries it). Looks great on frosting, too.