A delicately prepared chocolate can make a woman's heart sing, a child's mouth smile, and a crossing guard's whistle taste even more like justice. Stock up on tasty times with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of gourmet chocolates and desserts at Encore Chocolates on Pattonwood Drive.
The artisanal chocolatiers at Encore Chocolates melt and mold a seasonal array of gourmet desserts, such as chocolate creams, hand-dipped fruits, and meticulously crafted Virtuoso truffles. Assorted caramels and creams ($18/lb.) don inconspicuous shells of chocolate, forcing taste buds to spin the wheel of chance before bursting open to reveal flavors of vanilla and maple. Ruby-red strawberries and fruits plucked from seasonal candy-floss shrubs proffer a tart counterbalance to the chocolate’s richness, and a hardened coat of fudge ensures that pretzels don’t unwind from their contorted positions. Handcrafted in small batches, Virtuoso truffles ($1.75 each) wear attractive, color-coded crowns to signify centers filled with decadent hazelnut or blackberry ganache.
Since 1987, the specialists at Encore Chocolates have been sweetening weddings, holidays, and special get-togethers with handmade chocolate specialties. For each artisan truffle and cream-filled candy, the team selects the perfect type of chocolate based on sweetness, creaminess, and texture. Products range from delicate milk chocolate with 33% cocoa to bold bittersweet chocolate with 72% cocoa, which pairs well with naturally sweet foods such as ripe berries or syrup milked fresh from a maple tree.