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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Parfections, Cockeysville/Hunt Valley

There are a decent number of chocolatiers in the Timonium /Cockeysville /Hunt Valley York Road corridor.  It always surprises me, but I don't mind since they are all so close to my house!  Parfections is a new addition to the bunch, though I have a feeling they've been selling chocolates for a while and this is just their first store.  I do feel strange reviewing any other chocolatier in light of this review of my favorite, but I still think Parfections has a lot to offer.

First of all, they have some really interesting flavors to their truffles, as you will see below.   They also make beer-infused truffles with local Heavy Seas beers (12 for $21), seasonal flavor truffles, they sell chocolate bark (albeit for slightly outrageous prices: $9 for 1/2lb, given that bark is so easy to make) and lots of different kinds of chocolate dipped fruits (also $9 for 1/2lb) such as strawberries, mango, apricots, pears, peaches.


I ordered a box of 9 truffles ($16) and Dan and I selected the ones that caught our eye.  They have a LOT in stock - check here for a list of them. 

Here is what we got (the one missing is the white champagne truffle, but I forgot what else was in it, sorry!):
  • Tropical Typhoon:
    • Milk chocolate center combined with fresh mango and a hint of cayenne pepper rolled in toasted coconut.    
    • This was a little too spicy for me.  
  • Painkiller
    •  Milk chocolate center with coconut milk, orange, pineapple, dark rum and nutmeg covered with milk chocolate and rolled in crushed banana chips.   
    • Though a lot of the flavors were masked by the banana chips, I found this quite yummy! 
  • Grand Marnier 
    • Dark chocolate, Grand Marnier liqueur, orange juice and natural orange zest for the center, dipped into dark chocolate and dusted with cocoa powder.  
    • Good, especially if you love Grand Marnier.
  •  Mediterranean Madness 
    • Dark chocolate combined with aged balsamic vinegar.  The center is dipped in dark chocolate. 
    • Dan didn't taste the balsamic vinegar and I totally did, either way we both enjoyed it.
  •  Port Wine & Cinnamon
    •  Ruby port and cinnamon combination.   
    • Liked this dark ganache, and I also liked it wasn't overwhelmingly cinnamon-y.  
  • Chai Latte 
    • Milk chocolate center combined with flavors of black tea, cloves, cardamom and vanilla bean, enrobed in milk chocolate.   
    • I surprisingly didn't like this, which confuses me because normally it would have TOTALLY been right up my alley.  
  • Chocolate Mousse 
    • Dark chocolate inside and out with a hint of vanilla bean.   
    • Great standard for dark chocolate lovers.
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Brooke said...

Yum!! I'll have to try these sometime.

strawberriesinparis said...

Oh gosh those look good, now I want chocolate!

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