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Old 11-29-2020, 10:10 AM
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For over 20 years I have made truffles for the holidays. I have hosted parties for many different groups: 2 different book clubs, my dinner club, parent volunteers and auction winners for both parent groups and kids.

When my sister was alive, this was our holiday weekend escape. We would make it a 3 or 4 day weekend and visit our different homes. One year we made 450 truffles. Since her tragic death, I have continued the tradition of making chocolates with my special people. This is the first year it wonít be a social event. I will make one batch in honor of our great times together. Those long weekends were special.

Here is a collection of the goods.


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Old 11-29-2020, 10:12 AM
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Here is what the mass production would look like.

It really is about the quality of the chocolate. I have become a chocolate snob over the years. I am fortunate to have a woman who sells all of the necessary ingredients from her home locally.
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Old 11-29-2020, 10:16 AM
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Oh my goodness that looks heavenly. I would love to try every single one. It's nice to have your go to treat that you are known for.
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Old 11-29-2020, 10:21 AM
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What a great skill to have. I'm sure those truffles are delicious !
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Old 11-29-2020, 10:22 AM
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Wow, those look fabulous! Wish I could taste one.


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Old 11-29-2020, 10:28 AM
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Those look delicious!
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Old 11-29-2020, 10:30 AM
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They’re absolutely gorgeous. As a confirmed chocoholic, I would love to eat all the milk chocolate ones (no fruit). Yum! I’m sorry that you have to do it alone this year, but you do beautiful work.
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Old 11-29-2020, 10:47 AM
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The truffles look absolutely delicious! I am in awe of your talent.
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Old 11-29-2020, 11:53 AM
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Those truffles look amazing! I hope you are able to make some this year even though it won't be the same as in the past. Try to continue with tradition in a nontraditional way......can you do something over zoom while everyone is making a different truffle in their own home then meet up for a very social distanced exchange so you can all share what you've made. A truffle exchange?
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Old 11-29-2020, 11:53 AM
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They look amazing, what a fun skill to have.

Iím sorry your sister isnít here to share in creating the truffles. Change is hard but it is important to carry on the tradition.


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They look really great
Old 11-29-2020, 12:21 PM
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and I too am glad to know you are carrying on the tradition.
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Old 11-29-2020, 12:23 PM
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What beautiful tradition and what a testament to your time with your sister. I'm sorry it's a sole event this year, but how wonderful to keep it up in honor of your sister.

Those look amazing! I so love chocolate truffles. Your skills are incredible!
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Old 11-29-2020, 12:25 PM
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I have offered the zoom thing. It will be difficult to get the finished products distributed. Shipping is so rediculous.

Iíve thought about meeting up for outdoor coffee and exchanging them. Iíve always done the leg work like placing the chocolate order, buying the ingredients, making the different flavored ganache, setting up the dipping stations, and providing the take home containers. That is a lot to coordinate remotely. I think we may have just three of us doing zoom. The fun of the parties is that we would do 5 or 6 flavors and everyone would go home with an assortment of 30 or so truffles.
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Old 11-29-2020, 01:55 PM
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I would love to know more about your chocolate supplier. Does she deal in a national brand? Does she ship?
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Old 11-29-2020, 02:14 PM
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She sells Merckens chocolate. I would not use any other chocolate. She adds overhead, but to get a decent price anywhere else you have to buy so much and you donít get the variety. She has 2 real chocolates and a different brand for the white chocolate. Her coating chocolates are all Merckens. She sells the tools and flavorings as well.

She is currently dealing with some family health issues, but really wants to keep the chocolate business going. She is equipped to ship. When we did our truffles at my sisterís she would send the dipping chocolates and I would fly up with the ganache.

It is really easy and fun!

She does not have a website. I have not seen her current price list this year.

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Old 11-29-2020, 02:37 PM
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English Toffee
Lemon (Dk choc)
Kahlua
Baileys
Peppermint (white ganache with peppermint chips, milk choc coating)
Butter rum (crushed lifesavers)
Rocky Road (marshmallow milk chocolate dipped in white choc, rolled in nuts)
Malt (canít find the malt chips, these made Whoppers seem lightweight)
Mocha (espresso in choc with coffee bean)
Lime (white choc with lime candy crunches)
There were others that I canít think of at the moment.

They were all delicious!

My newest flavors are salted caramel and Mexican Hot Chocolate (cinnamon and red pepper infused cream made into the ganache).
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Old 11-29-2020, 03:25 PM
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What an amazing skill to have! If I were to choose any chocolates from your list they would be the English Toffee, Kahlua, Mocha, salted caramel and Mexican Hot Chocolate.
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Old 11-29-2020, 05:17 PM
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Look beautiful and so yummy!! And the flavors sound absolutely scrumptious. What an awesome skill you have!
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Old 11-29-2020, 05:44 PM
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You were selling these. They look delicious.
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Old 11-29-2020, 06:29 PM
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What a lovely tradition. Those look yummy!
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Old 11-29-2020, 07:34 PM
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They look like they were made by a professional! Your sister is smiling, I just know it
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Old 11-29-2020, 08:52 PM
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These are beautiful. Whoever receives them are lucky people.
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Old 11-29-2020, 09:59 PM
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Those are gorgeous and made my mouth water!! I am glad you will keep the tradition even if it is a scaled-down version. May you feel the presence of all your loved ones as you work!
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