Truffles or bonbons, milk, white or dark,
Texas boasts some heavy-hitting chocolatiers. Visitors to the shops
can sample the goods, catch glimpses of the chocolate making
process, and in some cases, even participate in an intensive truffle
making class.For those who can’t make it to Texas, each of these
shops ship to locations outside of Texas.
Wiseman House, Hico
Using chocolate from Belgium and Venezuela, the
Wiseman House creates truffles with flavor profiles such as Love
Potion (dark Belgian chocolate ganache with cinnamon and chipotle
pepper) and Southern Hospitality (milk chocolate ganache with Jack
Daniel’s whiskey). Customers can drop by to watch the chocolatier
hand make truffles and confections or take a five-hour chocolate making class.
in European-style liquid
center chocolates. Spinning a fine sugar shell (only a few crystals
thick) around the liquid center creates an edible moisture barrier
that traps the liquid and enhances the flavor. The collection
includes more than 30 varieties filled with liqueurs, wine and
coffee and fruit flavorings.
Roscar Chocolates, Bastrop
Dutch-born chocolatier Frans Hendriks hand
crafts bonbons. Flavors include tangerine and double-dark lavender.
His country truffles combine buttery ganache and exotic herbs and
spices, with flavors such as Thai Peanut or the Tequila & Jalapeno.
Chocolatier Ken Wilkinson creates ganaches, confections, and
truffles in an ultra-modern chocolate factory housed in a 19th
century dry goods store.
Truman Chocolates, Bryan
Truman Chocolate offers 16 colorful and
original flavors, including passion fruit, and mimosa.
Dude, Sweet Chocolate, Dallas
This shop was recently opened in the trendy
Bishop Arts District by pastry chef and chocolatier Katherine
Clapner. Flavors include Zanzibar African curry and banana; Keffir
lime and kefir yoghurt; Zorba, fig and fenugreek; Inca, leche
quemada and tamarind; Provencal, dried pear, basil and rosemary