Curry Coconut Truffles: A Chocolatier’s Pride and Joy

Curry Coconut Truffles: A Chocolatier’s Pride and Joy

By Jean-Michel Carre on Oct 10, 2018 at 02:45 PM in In The News , Fine Chocolate , Santa Barbara Chocolates

Curry Coconut Truffles: A Chocolatier’s Pride and Joy

by Angela Borda

I can admit that when I see a candy wrapped in gold foil, my inner child gets excited and I remember Christmas treats given as gifts, that delight of unwrapping something unknown, but hoping most of all to find chocolate inside. And Jean-Michel’s curry coconut truffle, wrapped in gold foil, will not disappoint you on that count. Inside is a chocolate ganache made with coconut milk, rolled in toast coconut, and flavored with a mystery ingredient. Well, not so mysterious, just very unexpected. He has taken a preparation of curry and infused the chocolate with just enough of that warming, smoky undertone of spice. 

Curry Coconut Truffles: A Chocolatier’s Pride and Joy

“This is my pride,” he says, smiling as he tastes it. “Because the mix of the curry is really delicate. You need enough to taste it but not so much that it is overpowering. It was to be well-balanced between the curry and the coconut.” And it’s true, when you open the foil, right away you catch the scent of sweet coconut. But waiting just beneath is a substantial, rich dark chocolate ganache, and as you let it melt and swirl in your mouth, there is something else. Something you may not be able to put your finger on, but it richens the flavor of the chocolate. What is it? This is the trick of the chocolatier. He has taken something you might expect in a savory dish, and turned it into the base note of a well-balanced, beautiful chocolate.

“You shouldn’t eat this quickly, you have to enjoy it,” he says. I agree. And if holiday elves should leave a bounty of these gold-foil baubles in my stocking, I’ll consider myself lucky. 

Angela Borda is a Santa Barbara food writer who has been enjoying Chocolats du CaliBressan for years and is delighted to be sharing her chocolate experience with you.

Testimonials

I've been chocolate tasting before with my mom and sister (The chocolate was paired with hot tea). I was in the area and had the opportunity to come to Chocolats du Calibressan for a chocolate tasting and couldn't pass it up! On their website they offer a Chocolate Tour and Tasting which are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 3 PM and you must RSVP by the Wednesday prior to the event. The tours last 1 hour, include a complimentary glass of champagne and are $25/person. We were with Captain Jack's Santa Barbara Tours and this was one of our stops. When we arrived we were immediately greeted by Jill (her husband Jean-Michel is the talent behind the scenes.) Each of us got to pick any 3 chocolates from the display cases and they also provided us with sample chocolates so we could taste the various kinds. For my 3, I picked La Arcada Turtle (milk chocolate ganache with "Cajeta" Mexican milk caramel in milk chocolate turtle shell, Balsamic (salted Balsamic vinegar in a dark chocolate shell), and the Rocher (praline and milk chocolate, rolled together in caramelized diced almonds and milk chocolate). All were so delicious and I also learned a lot about the art of chocolate making (even down to how to wash the molds). I'm a chocolate lover and this place was like heaven to me.
Charlene C.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA