Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Sure, you can blame Facebook. I know I do. But I finally submitted the entire manuscript of the chocolate candy book, including what seems like 50 million recipes. Having come through this chocolate marathon, I can say that my favorite at the beginning was my favorite at the end. Well, it’s actually my favorite flavor combination: dark chocolate and orange. To me, that’s candy perfection. And there are so many variations: truffles, bark, lollypops, fudge, and more. And the orange can come from freshly squeezed oranges, zest, liqueurs, candied orange peel extract, and probably one or two more sources that elude me for the moment.
But it’s not like I did all of that research and writing just to end up where I started. Actually, while I have been playing with chocolate for years, it was quite a fun adventure, including: mastering the three types of truffles, ruining a quick and easy fudge, simmering and reducing a portion of a $25 bottle of port (gasp!), chopping a zillion pounds of chocolate by hand, intentionally causing some very lovely chocolate to seize, and much, much more.
By now, you’re probably wondering when and where you can buy this epic tome. Hopefully, it’ll be available in November. Once I have a publishing date, I’ll let you know.
And yes, there were some surprises along the way. The biggest? Well, I’ve only gained eight pounds. At least, that’s the number I’m telling myself. And yes, that is me in this photo. If you can’t get messy with chocolate, then with what can you get messy?