This summer has been challenging for farmers and mushroom foragers, what with a lack of rain punctuated by short but intense storms, all on top of a dry winter that didn't leave a lot of snow melt for the soil to drink in. We are inspired by not only our local farmers' fruits and produce, but also what our forests and fields provide, watching and waiting for wild foods to appear.
This past week we saw some much welcome rainfall followed by mushrooms sprouting up all over, so we made a fresh batch of our porcini rosemary dark chocolate truffles in celebration. Made with French porcini blended with a bit of locally foraged when available, a variety of this delicious bolete can be found in Vermont, the first specimens identified right here in Brattleboro and named after an amateur mycologist named Charles Frost. Hence, the Frost Truffle, blended with rosemary and dark chocolate, and hand dipped in more dark chocolate and dusted with cocoa powder, one of our best sellers.
This week we introduced Magic Mountains, inspired by Dar's childhood foraging of spruce tips, which she would pick off trees on her parents' property and chew on to enjoy the burst of astringent, resinous flavor. These peaked bonbons are made with a rich dark chocolate ganache spiked with the coniferous oils of locally foraged spruce, and fragrant juniper berries. The mature branches create a deep, pungent flavor that offsets the fruitiness of the berries and the bitterness of the chocolate beautifully.
Stop by our Factory Shop or our Farmers Market Booth and taste the flavors of our local forests!