Hudson Chocolates in Poughkeepsie--Run, Don't Walk!
I heard about Hudson Chocolates in the Poughkeepsie Journal, so I decided to stop by today after a trip to Kingston. The location is a little isolated (crumbling roads and a more industrial area), but the shop itself is pretty amazing. After walking downstairs into the building, I turned to the right and saw a well-lit space with beautiful chocolates displayed on a large table. They were works of art with a wink to the whimsical. Today's special was a box of 12 macaron-shaped chocolates in an assortment of flavors. There were also several different types of chocolate bars that incorporated unique combinations like strawberry, dark chocolate, and basil as well as fleur de sel. There were about a dozen different samples that you could pick up with large tweezers. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. I looked up the chocolatier, Francisco Migoya, and it turns out that he used to be the executive pastry chef for The French Laundry and Bouchon Bakery. He is also a professor at the Culinary. For someone so accomplished, he was quite unassuming and took his time to explain the different kinds of chocolate he had in his shop. I was very impressed during my first visit and plan to go back very soon.
Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/HudsonChocolates?fref=ts
Amazon page about Migoya here: http://www.amazon.com/Francisco-Migoya/e/B001Q4CGMO
Photos of chocolates here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hudsonch...
went to the saturday open house which had samples!. some random thoughts:
> about 10 people were there when i was having their open house. a variety of ages - ranging from CIA graduates to a couple well dressed older women. talked with two people who i think graduated CIA, they drove up to poughkeepsie from their apartment in nyc (80 miles away) *only* "to try chef migoya's chocolates". they were serious. that's a pretty high recommendation right there.
> got several items for me or others: donut bar (from website: "made with actual doughnuts, cooked in Hudson Valley Fresh heavy cream, with a touch of cinnamon and vanilla bean and then combined with 40% milk chocolate. There is a ring of raspberry jelly (pate de fruit) throughout the center, and the whole thing is enrobed with 64% dark chocolate.") was insanely rich and good, wasabi peas coated in white chocolate and granny smith apple powder, candied almonds coated in chocolate/cinnamon/cocoa powder, black forest cherries. great flavors.
> also tried a couple other really good samples which i didn't get, but thought about: chicarron /chocolate/chili powder, which blew away previous bacon covered with chocolate pairings i've had before; white chocolate with blueberry/lemon, and a chocolate with szechuan peppercorn, i think? i can't find the latter two on their webpage.
> part of this was a father's day gift; my parents were floored by the exquisite packaging.
> the colors of the chocolates in the modernist collection are even brighter in person than on the website.
oh, the website is hudsonchocolates.com, they're mail order only unless you stop by on a saturday.
I went back today and indulged in some more treats. It was pretty crowded by the time I left, but Migoya and his staff were gracious and attentive as we perused the new offerings. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her milk chocolate bar with hazelnuts and freeze dried bananas. I also purchased the doughnut bar (http://www.hudsonchocolates.com/produ...) a totally amazing confection. The chocolate covered dried cherries were delicious as well. By the time we left, my daughter asked me when she could return to the "chocolate laboratory." Here are some pics of my chocolate doughnut bar.
we got their chocolates a week or two ago and it was a hit. problem is i'm not a big chocolate person, and i'd been trying to get my wife to offer her feedback. finally got it, so here goes - my wife's comments:
I ordered the chocolate bunny for the kids for Easter, and I must say, it did not disappoint! They loved the rich, smooth taste of the chocolate, and the rainbow drizzle across the front was met with oohs and ahs. And for something that was fairly simple in concept--a chocolate bunny--the flavor was rich and satisfying to this self-proclaimed choco-holic.
Not to be left out, I also ordered the Candied Almonds Coated in Dark Chocolate, Cinnamon and Cocoa Powder. All I can say is YUM. They are so tasty, and the combination of the caramel, nut, chocolate and cinnamon is highly addictive.
Needless to say, neither item remained in our house for long. I will be ordering from Hudson Chocolates again, and would highly recommend them to others as well.
ok, so that's the wife's comments.
i read one of his books a couple years ago (the modern cafe) and though i can't comment on the recipes (my culinary skills are limited), i thought the book was outstanding from a business point of view.
and, finally, the address is 211 cottage street in poughkeepsie and they are only open on saturdays from 1-6pm for workshops, but they do shipping as well.
Just moved to Poughkeepsie a few months ago from Bklyn and was pleasantly shocked and super pleased about finding Hudson Chocolates (1/2 mile from my house!!!). They are like works of art and taste phenomenal. Even though his chocolates are out of this world, Chef Migoya is down to earth and very approachable.
Like them on Facebook (http://Facebook.com/hudsonchocolates) and be sure to check out their site and buy lots of chocolate! I got stuff for Easter and will be on it for Mother's Day. www.hudsonchocolates.com