Whew. Three months later, and I’ve finally finished posting reviews of chocolate I picked up during my trip to Seattle. It’s a good thing I didn’t go and drop nearly $200 on chocoalte in another city.
Except...I did. The very next week. In Los Angeles.
Get ready for more reviews of West Coast chocolates. They’ll be up for a while. First at bat: truffles from Compartes, a Brentwood chocolatier founded in the 1950s.
Compartes prides themselves on using the freshest ingredients and making all their creations by hand. They have a large assortment of truffle flavors, including unusual flavors like raspberry and pink pepper. While I selected several intriguing flavors for my box, I also selected an original dark truffle to fully evaluate the character of the truffle construction.
The truffle has earthy and coffee aromas, and is generally not very sweet, which allows the earthy flavor to come forward. The interior is buttery in nature, which isn’t my personal preference, but it melts nicely and isn’t waxy. My complaint is with the couverture: it’s too crisp for the interior and breaks apart. It’s nearly impossible to take bites of this truffle without the entire thing falling apart in your hand.
I suppose you could just eat it all in one bite. The sacrifices you have to make.
Do you start with plain truffles when you open a new box?