The cool mountain air of fall has once again settled upon Asheville. Autumn’s cool days offer a much appreciated respite from the sometimes blistering heat that this summer brought us. Our chocolate and those who like to leave the shop with a box or two of it are rejoicing as well. Already the leaves are starting to turn and the mountainsides are soon to be ablaze with the gorgeous colors that make this area such a desired fall vacation spot. Natures beauty in fall is a constant inspiration for us here at The Chocolate Fetish, evident in this years fall product offerings.
Back on the shelves are our Maple Walnut Caramel Cups, a personal favorite. These delightful dark chocolate shells, shaped like maple leaves are filled with a gooey liquid caramel made with Vermont Grade B maple syrup and toasted walnuts. I grew up spending summer’s in Vermont with my grandparents and one bite of these takes me back to our summer excursions to buy maple syrup direct from the farmer. I remember him climbing up the rickety old ladder to the rafters of the barn and handing down old mason jars and tins thick with dust. Inside was the thickest sweetest most delectable Grade B maple syrup you’ve ever tasted. (To learn more about Maple Syrup grades and why I think Grade B is better check out this website http://www.vermontmaple.org/grades.php) This year my thoughts turn often to Vermont as I hear towns I visited in my childhood ravaged by flood. I am glad that in one small way we can help the people of Vermont through our continued purchasing of their maple syrup.
Also on our shelves are our brand new Pumpkin Pie Truffles. Over a year in the works we finally found the perfect marriage of chocolate and pumpkin. To get the perfect balance we sought out a new chocolate (which brings us to more than 6 different milk chocolates that we blend to make our delectable flavors) a single origin Milk chocolate from Hawaii. This milk chocolate is made entirely from beans grown on one estate in Hawaii giving a distinct fruity flavor. This delicious chocolate is quickly becoming a personal favorite and is also available as a Single Origin bar in our shop. The Pumpkin Pie Truffle marries fresh organic pumpkin with this delicious chocolate and a hint of spice.
Fall marks the beginning of what we at The Chocolate Fetish refer to as 3-D season. Starting with three dimensional pumpkins, turkeys, and cats and continuing through the seasons with Santas and snowmen, then on to Easter with bunnies and eggs. This year’s pumpkins are particularly beautiful. Hand painted in oranges, yellows and reds and dusted with shimmering luster dust, they make a great addition to table centerpieces for Thanksgiving or fall entertaining. As usual we are offering a wide array of chocolate leaves including some hand painted maple leaves, another great way to add a little flair to fall table decorations.
The cool air means it’s hot cocoa season again and this year we have a new product that will knock your socks (it had our samplers eyes rolling back in their heads, and I am not exaggerating). Gone is the plain old American style hot cocoa of the past instead we are now offering European Style Sipping Chocolate. This decidedly decadent and indulgent beverage is made from our premium blend of freshly shaved dark chocolate mixed with half and half. If you don’t live in Asheville be sure you make it up here this winter to try some… trust me you won’t want to miss it! For those of you that live a little to far for a Sunday drive we’re working on a make at home version that we can ship to you, just another thing you’ll want to be on the look out for.
For us at The Chocolate Fetish fall is just the beginning. The busy holiday season is close on fall’s heels and the excitement of more new products keeps me jazzed about coming to work everyday. We have more single origins, more seasonal flavors, and a whole new line of truffles coming soon! As usual stay tuned to all our social media to be the first to hear about all the new flavors coming your way.