Barlovento chocolates -- YUM!
At the Grand Lake farmers' market Saturday I ran across a local chocolatier I'd never heard of: Barlovento Chocolates of Berkeley.
What can I say: they're really good! I tried the Meyer lemon, mint, raspberry and honey cardamom flavors, and they were all spot on: creamy chocolate ganache in a thin chocolate shell, infused with the essence of their featured ingredient. Often I find that herbal confections have a harsh note, but these captured the true flavor of the herb (the mint tastes like fresh mint, not mint flavoring) without any bitterness.
I also bought some fleur de sel caramels, and they're excellent as well, although I think I prefer the Recchuitti version with the salt under the chocolate to the ones with the salt on top. They also make some bars and truffles.
In addition to several farmers' markets they also sell they're product at Lulu Rae in Oakland.
Any updates? Did you try any of the bars? Anyone else?
They now have a website (see Place record)
Went to Grand Lake for the first time in a long time and just had a sample of the mint which was nice. Wanted to do a little more research before buying. I did not realize how inexpensive they were ... bars are $4 - $6 and are
Plain = $4.00
Almond = $6.00
Crystalized Ginger = $5.00
Smit Ranch Dried Cherries = $6.00
Cacao Nib = $5.00
Fleur de Sel = $5.00
The truffles are an absolute steal ...
4 piece = $5.50
8 piece = $10.00
12 piece = $15.00
Especially considering this statement from their site "artisan chocolate with a farmers market ethic. We apply fresh and local to every truffle we make".
Any one tried the chocolate cherries which inspired and launched the business?
Interesting truffle flavors (in addition to those in the OP
Mayan Hot Chocolate Truffle:
Passion Fruit Truffle
Cinnamon and Vanilla Bean Truffle:
Tea Truffle Ti Kwan Yin oolong tea
Espresso Truffle kona blend of coffee
Being a microwave afficionado, I intrigued by the website's suggestion to zap the marshmallow cookie chocolate for 5 seconds.
According to the website it seems there might be a shop on 2nd St in Oakland.
638 2nd St, Oakland, Ca 94607
We've been buying them at the California Avenue Farmer's market for about a year. Still haven't gotten around to the bars, but the truffles are great. I enjoy the key lime, kirsch and tea. I recently tried the chocolate cherries and found them a little too chewy and lacking pronounced flavor (unlike the truffles).