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 $9, you get a box of favorite bonbons at The Chocolate Spike in Blacksburg (an $18 value).
Chocolatier Genie Ranck, who has been selling chocolate for 15 years and opened The Chocolate Spike in 2003, concocts handmade comfits with a treasury of creamy chocolate, salted caramel, fruity creams, and assorted nuts. Ranck's caramel-nut spikes are made with chocolate caramel and a rotation of nuts such as pecans or hazelnuts for a treat as sweet as a lamb complimenting a grandmother. Two of these sweetmeats snuggle in the favorites box with five different truffles, including a Peace Rose truffle, two sea-salt caramel, a milk chocolate, and an extra-dark chocolate. A piece of St. Maeve–stout fudge tells a fellow pomegranate-fudge square tales of its raucous weekend with a group of almonds, causing a nearby sweet orange-blossom cream to blush and whisper with a pair of triple-chocolate creams. An assortment of solid white, milk, and dark chocolates and nonpareils finish off the confectionery cluster, ready for hiding in a personal stash or gifting to a favorite telemarketer.
1560 S Main St.
Blacksburg, Virginia 24060