Hedonist [heed-n-ist]-noun. Definition: Someone whose life is devoted to the pursuit of sensual pleasures.
Sounds like a Foodiac to us. Hedonist Artisan Chocolates in Rochester, New York has turned the pleasure of chocolate into an art form. Their truffles and chocolates are made with the freshest natural ingredients, and each piece has a unique character because it’s rolled, cut, dipped and decorated by human hands in small batches.
In case you’ve forgotten, there’s a big holiday right around the corner and we couldn’t be more honored to feature Hedonist Artisan Chocolates and share with you two of their fabulous truffle collections. Whether you’ve got a sweetheart to impress, a crush to reveal, or there’s a deserving Foodiac in your life, we guarantee there’s no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with Hedonist’s truly innovative and delicious artisan chocolates. We’re proud to offer you a choice of either their 10-piece xoxo Raspberry Truffle Collection or 10-piece Spice Collection. These collections exemplify Hedonist’s truly unique approach to artisan chocolates.
The xoxo Raspberry Truffle Collection is Hedonist’s fourth annual limited edition ‘Art On Chocolate’ project. These special Valentine’s Day truffles were created in collaboration with local Rochester artist Kelly Powell who created the art that adorns these tiny artisan chocolate canvases. Each year Hedonist puts out an open call for concept submissions and the project allows them to bring attention to local artists. The xoxo collection features a raspberry truffle imprinted with a series of “xo” patterns. Hedonist Chocolatier Nathaniel Mich makes the interior of the truffle with raspberry puree, raspberry liqueur and semi-sweet chocolate. He then dips each one in melted 72% dark chocolate and the xoxo pattern is applied using a transfer sheet before the chocolate shell hardens. Inspired by two of the most basic symbols of affection, this collection lets you express your love with something blissfully indulgent.
Hedonist’s Spice Collection features some of the most unique and delicious chocolate truffles ever made and they’re the perfect blend of flavors you might never expect to see with chocolate, but trust us, they’re brilliantly paired. The truffles in the Spice Collection are:
- Coconut Curry—Coconut, yellow curry in white chocolate
- Lemon Pepper—Lemon zest, black pepper in white chocolate
- Orange Chipotle—Orange zest, chipotle pepper in semi-sweet chocolate
- Peanut Butter Cayenne—Peanut butter, cayenne pepper in milk chocolate
- Raspberry Wasabi—Raspberries, wasabi in dark chocolate
A quote from Chocolate Ratings review says it all: “Wow! This was one fantastically intense experience....If you are like me, and welcome opportunities to try inspired combinations of flavors and textures, these truffles really deliver."
So who are the fabulous artisans behind these amazing collections? Hedonist Artisan Chocolates is owned and operated by partners Jennifer Posey and Zahra Langford in Rochester, New York. Partners in life and business, they have found their bliss in chocolate and hope to help you do the same. Posey had an interest in making food and experimenting with flavors, and Langford had wanted to own a sweet shop since she was a little girl. The couple started experimenting with making chocolate truffles at home and a year later moved into a tiny shared kitchen space down a dark alley off South Avenue in 2007. They grew their business slowly, initially sharing an industrial kitchen with an artisan ice cream maker, but soon gained the attention of local foodies who loved their chocolates so much they demanded a way to purchase the chocolates they sampled. Posey and Langford arranged their already limited space (as in 350 sq. ft. limited) to accommodate a single shelf of boxed chocolate truffles and bark, and a wall mounted truffle display. Their customers loved the opportunity to see a working artisan chocolate kitchen, especially the smell of melted chocolate and watching chocolate being made. Their business has grown and expanded gaining many more adoring fans in Rochester and beyond and they’ve recently received mentions in Country Living and Fast Company. We’re so happy to congratulate them on just celebrating their 5th Anniversary and Grand Opening of their new retail location in Rochester.
For more information about Hedonist Artisan Chocolates, visit hedonistchocolates.com
Quantities are limited. Order by February 9th for delivery by February 14th. Hedonist truffles are fresh and best enjoyed within two weeks.