White Chocolate Truffles Win Bronze Awards




Austin’s premier artisan chocolatier, Delysia Chocolatier, won several bronze awards in the 2013 International Chocolate Salon Awards’ White Chocolate category. Submitted for competition were Delysia’s Strawberry truffle and Sauternes truffle.

“White chocolate is very challenging to work with, as it can present challenges during tempering. I’m happy to see that our unique creations using white chocolate resulted in two Bronze Awards from the International Chocolate Salon,” says Delysia’s proprietor and chocolatier, Nicole Patel.

For the Strawberry truffle, Patel blends handmade strawberry puree with white chocolate to create a perfectly smooth texture and velvety, sweet strawberry taste. The unique pink ganache is then enrobed in milk chocolate. The Strawberry truffle is featured in Delysia’s Berry Truffle Collection, available on their Online Shop and at selected retailers. Click here to find where you can buy Delysia products in Austin.

Delysia’s Sauternes truffle is especially prideful because of its rare ingredient. Sauternes is a scarce French varietal created from grapes that have been affected by Botrytis Cinerea, also known as noble rot. This causes the grapes to become partially raisined, resulting in a concentrated flavor. Patel blends this sweet wine with white chocolate to create a buttery, velvety ganache. It is then enrobed in dark chocolate, resulting in a sweet and balanced flavor profile. The Sauternes truffle will be released to the public and retailers as part of Delysia’s “Chocolate of the Month Club” later this year.

The International Chocolate Salon Awards is presented by Taste TV and Chocolate Television. Judged by a panel of regional and national food and media experts, it is one of the industry’s most prestigious awards. In addition to these Bronze Medals, Delysia recently won Silver Medals in the Salon’s Top Chocolate Bar category for their Salt Lick Dry Rub Bark and Pecan Cayenne Bark.

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.