I recently had the good fortune to be contacted by Chef Eric at Derry Church Artisan Chocolates. He wanted to know if I would like to sample his confections and review them on my blog. I'm glad I took him up on the offer, because these are some seriously good chocolates!
I received a nice selection of the bon bons, which are named after famous cities and each reflect some culinary aspect of those cities. The chocolates are handmade and contain no artificial flavors or preservatives -- they are fresh tasting and quite pretty.
The flavors of each bon bon were well balanced, and I actually liked each and every piece I tried. Some of my favorites included:
Burlington -- Rich roasted flavor with the perfect amount of maple flavor. The silky ganache contrasted well with the crunchy pecan.
Dublin -- Being a coffee lover, I am always quick to try coffee flavored sweets. This was a lovely combination of sweet and bitter, silky and satisfying.
Paris -- Sweet and creamy with a jammy burst of flavor. The sweetness is offset perfectly with the bitterness of the dark chocolate shell.
Cairo -- An unusual, bold and delicious confection which has a complex and full flavor. The intense molasses flavor subsides and is replaced by a nice tang from the balsamic vinegar and fruitiness form the dates. Smooth with a nice chew.
In addition to these, I enjoyed the Derry Church, a liquid caramel which has that nice burnt sugar flavor I crave in a caramel. And the Plymouth, a pumpkin pie flavored bon bon, was a wonderful reminder of Thanksgiving.
Derry Church Artisan Chocolates is located in Mechanicsburg, PA, but you can purchase their chocolates through their website.