Saturday, December 31, 2016

Beer Chocolate Truffles, Davidson, North Carolina

Davidson, NC—South Main Sweet Shop has some surprising beer chocolates. The shop, located in the heart of Davidson, a town just an hour’s drive north of Charlotte, has a variety of chocolates. But the most surprising ones are made with actual beer and not just beer flavoring.

Moonstruck Chocolate Company Oregon Craft Brewers Collection truffles,
starting clockwise from upper lefthand side and going right: Deschutes
Brewery Black Butte Porter, Widmer Brothers Brewing Hefeweizen,
Full Sail Brewing Co. IPA, and Rogue Ales Hazelnut Brown Nectar
Copyright 2016 by Helen A Lockey

When I went to the shop, back in June, they were selling Moonstruck Chocolate Company’s Oregon Craft Brewers Collection beer infused truffles ($2.50 each). There were four types and I bought them all. They were Deschutes Brewery (Asheville & Oregon)-Black Butte Porter truffle; Widmer Brothers Brewing (Portland, OR)-Hefeweizen truffle; Full Sail Brewing Co (Hood River, OR)-IPA truffle; and Rogue Ales (Portland, OR)-Hazelnut Brown Nectar truffle.

The most outstanding truffle for beer taste for me was— Full Sail Brewing Company’s IPA truffle with a milk chocolate cap/top. The IPA’s floral flavor notes brought out the creamy deliciousness to the white chocolate that only could be satisfied with eating more truffles.

My next favorite truffle was made with bittersweet chocolate and Rogue Ales Hazelnut Brown Nectar. It had waves of delicious flavor from caramel to ripe bananas to hazelnut and to a sweet, almost boozy bourbon taste.

Next on my yum list was also made with bittersweet chocolate and was combined with Widmer Brothers Brewing Hefeweizen. The lightness of the beer brought out a spicy, earthiness in the chocolate.

The truffle that did not work for me, surprisingly, was the one made with Deschutes Brewery Black Butte Porter and bittersweet chocolate.  The chocolate flavor eclipsed the porter leaving only hints of brown bread, sweet butter and caramel.

All in all the experience was delicious and the next time I am in Davidson I plan to go back for more.

You can order these beer truffles directly from Moonstruck Chocolate Company or go to South Main Sweet Shop located at 107 N. Main Street, Davidson, NC 28036

Phone (704) 997-5767

These beer truffles would make a great Valentine’s Day gift.

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