At first, the Aztecs punished their enemies by pouring hot chocolate down their throats, until the proud warriors found out their foes actually liked it and promptly switched to molten gold. Relive the pleasure of those lucky few conquistadors with today's deal: for $5, you get $10 worth of gourmet chocolates from de Rochonnet delights Chocolatier in Midlothian.
This family-run business pleases cocoa loving palettes with a vast array of chocolate delicacies made using European traditions and the finest local and imported ingredients. Sweet-toothed tykes might enjoy a box of adorable hedgehog truffles in either milk or dark chocolate, bursting with creamy peanut butter filling ($6) while dualistic customers can satisfy confectionary cravings with a bag of candied pecans ($10) or chocolate dipped espresso beans ($10). Sommelier chocolatiers and dedicated tipplers can choose from de Rochonnet delights Chocolatier party mix candies, which feature the likes of wine truffles draped in dark Belgian/French chocolate and filled with a dark chocolate ganache infused with local red wine ($7.50), or get a similar candy infused with a choice four international beers including Guinness, Young's English Stout Double Chocolate Beer, St. Bernardus Abt 12 Belgium Beer, and Celebrator Dopplebock German Beer ($7.50). de Rochonnet delights Chocolatier also serves gelato and cookies for anyone nursing a candy grudge.
- Jeanne-Louise Womble likes her hot chocolate sweet, handmade and topped with a dollop of thick whipped cream at her Midlothian sweet shop, de Rochonnet delights. But if you don't want to drink chocolate, you can buy exquisite handmade candies in milk, semisweet or white chocolate with ganache fillings that Womble invents herself at her factory in Chesterfield County…Walk into the shop and you are no longer in a suburban shopping center. The deep maroon walls are loaded with art. The curtains are thick and sumptuous. It's like being in a patisserie in France. – Linda Dunham, Times-Dispatch