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The Words You Dream of Hearing from Your Favorite Chocolatier

Posted Oct 21 2008 12:13am

The skies turned completely black and ominous clouds promised to dump massive amounts of rain on Atlanta any moment as I was driving home the other day from the sunflower farm, three big, yellow flowers smiling up at me from my front passenger seat. And I knew there was only one place to seek cover. My favorite chocolate factory! I had written about Chamberlains's Chocolates a few months ago for the spring issue of Edible Atlanta. And I had since popped in there for a chocolate fix (can you say velvet mint creams?) a few times, yet it had been awhile.

As I ducked out of the start of the storm, Anne Stroer was knee-deep in preschoolers, the second of her daily chocolate-making parties just wrapping up and the camp group about to dodge the downpour to make it onto their bus back to Buckhead.

She greeted me warmly and said the words you dream of hearing from your favorite chocolatier, "I have some new flavors I want you to taste!"

Ahhhhh. Let it rain. Let it rain.

So here's what's new at Chamberlain's:

* The midnight truffle--72% dark chocolate ganache
* Jalapeno truffle--a senses-slapping hint of heat at the end
* Caramel truffle--well, you can't go wrong here!
* Lavender and honey truffle--made from dried organic flowers and organic honey

Now, perhaps I'm late to the lavender-in-food table but I have to tell you. That lavender and honey truffle was one of the most interesting, delicious things I've ever eaten. It was so delicious that when I came home, I went straight outside, the rain now cascading in buckets, the wind whipping, the thunder so loud that picture frames fell from my shelves, and cut a handful of almost-done-blooming lavender flowers from my garden so that I could dry them in the garage and make something, anything, with them to have that taste in my life in more ways. I remember the very moment I had my first fig, and I will always remember the moment I ate that lavender and honey truffle. And I tell you, if you want to do yourself a mid-summer favor and keep that "I just fell down in a field in Provence" feeling from the sunflower field going, try these truffles.

As for chocolate-making parties, it looks like fun. Anne is booked up for July, but has some dates still available in August. She offers kid parties as well as grown-up parties in a warm, inviting space with milk chocolate-colored swirls on the walls. Just hope it rains, and there is nowhere else you would rather be.

To find out more about Chamberlain's, go to www.wearesweet.com. And, yes, she ships!
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