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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Editor's Choice: John Kelly Chocolates

Sorry for the delay on this week's Editor's Choice pick -- I've been playing catch-up from attending the Winter Fancy Food Show (and meeting Mario Batali!!!).

Ok, I know I've been on a chocolate kick with these editor's choice posts, but when the weather gets harsh, a little comfort food goes a long way. And what's more comforting than rich, creamy truffle-fudge (lighter than fudge, richer and denser than ganache) enrobed in semi-sweet chocolate?

John Kelly Chocolates ( offers its signature Truffle Fudge Bars in an individual 2-oz. size or an 8-oz. bar, in a variety of flavors and assortments. They even come dressed up in white boxes with bows as a decadent wedding favor. The truffle fudge comes in flavors such as cappuccino, caramel, chocolate, dark chocolate, mint, orange, peanut butter, raspberry and vanilla, and several of those flavors are also available with nuts.

The more I think about it, I just don't know if I could pick just one flavor as my favorite -- would it be the one with the subtle, crisp hint of orange? Or maybe the simple dark chocolate with just enough walnuts. But then there's the new Truffle Fudge Bites, with the layer of caramel and light dusting of sea salt that they were sampling at the Winter Fancy Food Show (we featured these in Shelftalk, October 2008). I may have to get back to you on this one!

Visit the company's website for more information on flavors, assortments and pricing, and be sure to check out the John Kelly wedding favors in the February Gourmet Gift Guide of Fancy Food & Culinary Products!


Postscript: Associate Editor Ashley Trent on the Mint Truffle-Fudge, "This is like a delcious, gigantic Frango mint. So good! Tastes like Christmas."