This week I was sent some Valentines Day Truffles to sample from Julia Baker Confections. My daughter and I were recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease, which means we can't eat any wheat or gluten containing grains. When I raised this concern, they were happy to verify that the chocolates they sent were safe for me and Julia even included a personal note confirming that these truffles are all wheat and gluten free. A very nice touch which impressed me greatly.
I believe this Valentines Day selection corresponds to their 18-Piece Window Box, which appears to be available year round. As you can see, the confections are of two styles. The top layer contains beautifully decorated, hand-cut chocolates. The filling in these is somewhat dense, with a creamy and satisfying bite, and the chocolate surrounding them is thin and shatters nicely, contrasting with the creamy interior. I especially enjoyed the Passion Fruit confection, which had a lovely brightness. The milk chocolate confection, which had a lovely caramel note, was also very good. Other flavors included dark chocolate, raspberry and Irish Creme -- all quite delicious.
The bottom layer consisted of 9 truffles, 3 each of caramel, coconut and hazelnut. The caramel had a liquid center which contrasted beautifully with the crunchy, nut covered chocolate shell. The coconut was fresh and sweet, paired with its white chocolate coating and the hazelnut had a smooth, flowing center with a subtle hazelnut flavor.
These were a hit in my house and my daughter was thrilled that I let her sample them with me. You can learn more about Julia Baker Confections by visiting their website.