Balsamic Vinegar & Chocolate

Photo courtesy of Thompson Poole Photography
Photo courtesy of Thompson Poole Photography

 

 

We love creating custom chocolates for our clients. When Con’Olios Oils & Vinegars called asking us to create truffles with their balsamic vinegars, we were more than ecstatic. Then I walked into their quaint store in the Arboretum and fell even more in love.

Con’Olios is owned by Jeff & Tabatha, and their passion for quality olive oils and balsamic vinegars is definitely apparent in their products. Their 18 year old aged balsamic rivals the bottle of Tuscan balsamic I carried back from Italy – and only use for special occasions.

Throughout Italy, balsamic vinegars are often used in dessert courses, some as simple as a balsamic reduction over sweetened ricotta, ice cream, or strawberries.

We created handmade chocolate truffles with three of Con’Olios’ balsamic vinegars.

18 Year Aged Balsamic
Dark chocolate & cream blended with their aged Modena vinegar creating a sweet chocolate with a its sweet and sour finish

Espresso Balsamic
Dark chocolate & cream infused with their espresso vinegar, creating an amazingly complex truffle, with layers of chocolate, espresso, and dark roasted coffee

Strawberry Balsamic
Dark chocolate & cream mixed with medium tart balsamic and bits of dried strawberries for added texture

Our nine-piece collection of the balsamic truffles are exclusively available through

Nicole Patel

Nicole Patel is the proprietor of and chocolatier for Delysia Chocolatier. In 2006 while pregnant with her first son, Nicole made a batch of chocolate truffles as holiday gifts. To the delight of friends and family, she continued to create chocolates as a way to relieve stress from her corporate engineering job. In 2008, a chance trip to Becker Vineyards led to Nicole being the first in Texas to make truffles using local wines. Within five years, what started as a hobby turned Delysia into one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in the Americas, as selected by the International Chocolate Salon.