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#151 TheMatt

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:06 AM

Green and orange leaves would be Orange-Clove (61% ganache infused with orange zest and clove)

Yeah, I am a big fan of the Earl Grey Tea as well. We use the very fruity 64% Manjari in the particular bon-bon, which seems to work with the Earl Grey.


Clove! Thank you! I knew it was some sort of spice, but I couldn't place it.

Also, my girlfriend liked the cherry bark as well. She's vegan so she can't partake in the ganache bon-bons...more for me!

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:59 AM

Clove! Thank you! I knew it was some sort of spice, but I couldn't place it.


That's funny - clove is the spice I always miss in tastings. "Hmm, what is this? Cinnamon? Nutmeg?"

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:43 PM

The open house was terrific. I bought a bunch of stuff (you could never buy too much), including a 15-piece box that I brought up to NJ for Thanksgiving as a hostess gift. At our friend's house, the hostess wanted to put out the chocolates. I told her to hide them and keep them for herself. I think I became her favorite Thanksgiving guest, as she e-mailed me the other day and said " You were right to have me hide the chocolates—I WILL NOT share them!!"

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:32 PM

Artisan Confections (AC) is one of those places I felt like I knew even though I'd never been there. So much great stuff here on dr.com between all the fab reviews, the owner's engagement with the community (love that!), the events held in the past and, of course, the recent expansion of the business to a second store out by Merrifield.

Earlier this week, I finally made it to AC. I was able to stop by the Arlington store. While bummed Jason wasn't there so didn't get a chance to meet him, the women working were great (though incredibly they did not recognize the donrockwell name at all--que horror! :D ). The shop and chocolates are all beautiful; almost like a museum. Plenty of space to browse with a fairly open production area in the back and immaculately maintained glass cases displaying a relatively small number of chocolates.

There's a simplicity and elegance to AC in how most of the space is open and you're not overwhelmed by 1000 skus in all directions. This intensifies focus on the product, a relatively small number of choices and upon the seriousness with which everything is crafted balancing design/art and flavor. If AC was a smartphone, clearly it'd be an iphone and not a blackberry; very bauhausian. Steve Jobs would approve.

I bought a single sea salt caramel, one of my normal benchmarks in a first visit. A perfectly symmetrical dark chocolate orb with the most elegant and wispy patina of butter yellow atop the truffle. And...delicious. So refined and rich, befitting the focus on exceptional ingredients I know is at the shop's core.

Then got a bag of simple 70% coins for someone who likes chocolate more for health reasons than, well, other reasons. Her eyebrows rose when she tried a first one.

Finally, a box of chocolate covered buttery rich toffee. Mmmmm.

Hopefully one of these days I'll be able to make a class/event if done again for dr.com. What a great shop for holiday time (or anytime)!

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 04:00 PM

Jason uses Valrhona chocolate--my personal favorite-- exclusively, a fact I learned at his chocolate tasting class some months ago.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:59 PM

Jason uses Valrhona chocolate--my personal favorite-- exclusively, a fact I learned at his chocolate tasting class some months ago.


THAT'S what it was! I knew it seemed very familiar. Just like what Robb Duncan uses in the perfect milkshake.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:11 PM

Artisan Confections (AC) is one of those places I felt like I knew even though I'd never been there. So much great stuff here on dr.com between all the fab reviews, the owner's engagement with the community (love that!), the events held in the past and, of course, the recent expansion of the business to a second store out by Merrifield.

Earlier this week, I finally made it to AC. I was able to stop by the Arlington store. While bummed Jason wasn't there so didn't get a chance to meet him, the women working were great (though incredibly they did not recognize the donrockwell name at all--que horror! :D ). The shop and chocolates are all beautiful; almost like a museum. Plenty of space to browse with a fairly open production area in the back and immaculately maintained glass cases displaying a relatively small number of chocolates.

There's a simplicity and elegance to AC in how most of the space is open and you're not overwhelmed by 1000 skus in all directions. This intensifies focus on the product, a relatively small number of choices and upon the seriousness with which everything is crafted balancing design/art and flavor. If AC was a smartphone, clearly it'd be an iphone and not a blackberry; very bauhausian. Steve Jobs would approve.

I bought a single sea salt caramel, one of my normal benchmarks in a first visit. A perfectly symmetrical dark chocolate orb with the most elegant and wispy patina of butter yellow atop the truffle. And...delicious. So refined and rich, befitting the focus on exceptional ingredients I know is at the shop's core.

Then got a bag of simple 70% coins for someone who likes chocolate more for health reasons than, well, other reasons. Her eyebrows rose when she tried a first one.

Finally, a box of chocolate covered buttery rich toffee. Mmmmm.

Hopefully one of these days I'll be able to make a class/event if done again for dr.com. What a great shop for holiday time (or anytime)!


Thanks for all the kind words. Yeah, I've been back and forth a lot between the 2 stores these days, so I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you in person. The 70% coins we sell are Valrhona Guanaja. I am pretty sure it is the same chocolate Robb uses in his gelato as well. Good stuff.

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:11 PM

The accounting firm that works closely with the law firm I work for sends us an assortment of these wonderful chocolates every year for the holidays. This year my favorite has been the lavender caramel..... of the ones I've been able to try. I think there are 2 pieces left (maybe), and the box arrived on Monday.

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 02:33 PM

So, this is something we did last year and I'd like to do it again (for those that couldn't make it or for new members).

Full disclosure, I am actually using you fine folks as a practice run for a similiar tasting we will be doing for a press event the following week. Unfortunately, I am going to be out of town for said press event, so I want to show my staff what they will need to do. So, here we go....

 

WHEN: Wednesday August 7th at 7 PM

WHERE: Artisan Confections shop in Clarendon (1025 N Fillmore St.)

WHO: only DR.com members. I (Jason) will be conducting the tasting.

WHAT and WHY: Well, I really just want to share with you all what we do here at Artisan Confections. I'm going to give a demo/talk about how we make our bon-bons and caramels and we will taste a multitude of products as we go. My goal is to have everyone walk away with a better idea of what we are all about. In that same vein, I would like to have an open discussion about the business side of things and how we operate. Look at the evening at as a 'behind the scenes" look at what we do here, both on the production and business sides. I am only inviting Dr.com members to this event because I am looking for some lively conversation from people that really, truly care about food and (from what I can tell) small businesses in general.

 

COST: Like last time, I am just going to put out a box for tips in order to help cover costs. No payment is necessary, but if you'd like to contribute a small amount we'd appreciate it. Don't feel obligated though....

HOW: Please send me an email at jason@artisanconfections.com or PM to confirm your spot. No phone calls please. I really only have room for 20(possibly a few more) people maximum, so once it is full I'll start a wait list. The more the merrier, so I hope we can get a full house!

If you have any general questions, please post them here I will answer as promptly as I can.

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 03:20 PM

Speaking of chocolate bars, or discs, you don't sell the caramello discs in the bag like you do the other chocolate do you?  Oh that was magical stuff right there.


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Posted 23 November 2013 - 03:42 PM

Speaking of chocolate bars, or discs, you don't sell the caramello discs in the bag like you do the other chocolate do you?  Oh that was magical stuff right there.

 

Hey, good to see you today. Sorry my hands were full when you came in....

Next time you are here, just ask and I can sell you some of the Caramelia. We don't have it on the shelves.

Cheers,

Jason


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#162 TheMatt

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 08:51 PM

Jason,

 

You have some Caramelia? Mmm. Does your Mosaic location usually have some? I'm asking...for a friend.

 

Also, since Caramelia is a Valrhona product, have you tried that new "blond" chocolate they're promoting? Seems sort of like halfway between white and the caramelia.


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 05:01 PM

Mint julep is one of the rotating flavors at the moment and it is a divine addition (albeit temporary, I think) to the lineup. I've always been partial to the alcohol-infused chocolates here and this one is no exception.  Plus I could almost taste the mint leaves...



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Posted 19 June 2014 - 01:00 PM

It's about time for a refill on chocolate, Mint Julep sounds pretty tasty!


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