I had the pleasure of being invited to an intimate chocolate and cocktail sampling with Moonstruck Chocolates and Multnomah Whiskey Library. The experience was educational and palatable. Moonstruck’s Chocolatier, Julian Rose, created a new and interesting chocolate, a savory chocolate. “The mushroom collection was a fortunate accident. After sourcing a pure Porcini mushroom powder, the creative juices started flowing and the result is one of the most creative, savory and bold flavor assortments of our history. The design was also inspired by my love of nature and food of course. Blending unusual ingredients with chocolate is nothing less than a culinary “tour de force” but when it comes together …it’s like nothing you tasted before,” Julian said about discovering this type of chocolate. And it’s so true- these chocolates are nothing like you’ve tasted before.
The Savory Collection consists of three kinds of chocolate truffles; Fig with Hot Curry, Porcini Mushrooms with Smoked Bacon Flavored Chili and Tomato with Basil. During the tasting I couldn’t decide if Fig & Curry or Tomato & Basil was my favorite chocolate. (Even though the smell of Smoked Bacon Flavor Chili is amazing!) After taking the chocolates home to photograph and try them again I think I’ve landed on Fig & Curry as my favorite treat.
Fig with Hot Curry: “The Fig and Indian curry dark chocolate ganache has a delightful texture due to the natural fig seeds from the large amount of roasted fig paste used to bring out the fruity notes. The ganache is complemented by a balanced touch of Indian curry powder resulting in a sweet, yet spicy truffle. The mushroom cap is filled with a smooth hazelnut praline.”
Porcini Mushrooms with Smoked Bacon Flavored Chili: “Real Porcini mushrooms bring an almost “meaty and woody” North West forest flavor to this ganache. It was only natural to blend the mushroom flavor with a natural bacon smoke and a touch of ancho and chipotle chili peppers. It finishes with a little bit of heat and a smoky nose that will linger. Truly the inspiration to this savory mushroom collection came from this ingredient. The mushroom cap is filled with a smooth hazelnut praline.”
Tomato with Basil: “The tomato and basil mushroom is like a page into Italy’s culinary history. Who would have thought that a rich tomato paste and chopped basil could pair so well with a white chocolate ganache and roasted hazelnuts? The tart acidity of tomatoes, the sweetness of white chocolate and the fragrant basil come together for a really unforgettable experience. The mushroom cap is filled with a smooth hazelnut praline.”
It was a pleasure meeting Julian Rose and hearing all about how he came up with these interesting chocolate flavors. At the tasting we passed around prouduce and spices to smell before we tasted the chocolates and it was eye opening. Multnomah Whiskey did a wonderful job providing cocktails that paired beautifully with the sweet and savory bites.
These chocolates make for a great tasting party- something different plus you’ll have wonderful conversations. I suggest picking up a box or two of the savory chocolates, mix up a cocktail and have a fun time trying something new. (We did discuss a blind tasting and we felt that the chocolates need discussion and awareness in order to enjoy the flavors. Opening up your taste buds by smelling flavors; basil, chili powder or curry powder could also help with the tasting.) I hope you try these chocolates!