#184 Chocolates & Truffles
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Chocolates & Truffles
But truffles are chocolates, you say. Right, however I’ve titled this “Chocolates & Truffles” for a couple reasons:
First, truffles are a unique type of confection. Although they are coated with chocolate, they are mostly known for their ganache fillings of caramel, candied orange peel, hazelnut, coffee, fruits, dates or even more chocolate. Simply put, truffles are a kind of chocolate whereas chocolate is a flavor of truffles. (Here’s another way to look at it is: a chocolate-covered ice cream bar is categorized as ice cream, not chocolate candy.)
The other reason I named this AmperArt piece “Chocolates & Truffles” is because my original title was too plain & awkward: “Dark & Milk.” When I found the photograph that included an assortment of both chocolates & truffles, that tasted like the sweet spot for the title. (Of course I deliberated way too long on “Chocolates & Truffles” vs “Truffles & Chocolates.” I won’t explain my decision process here; the box of candy would expire before its “best by” date.)
What is chocolate?
I don’t have to tell you what chocolate is — it’s one of the most popular foods on the planet. It’s created from the beans of cacao trees. These beans are harvested into a dark, creaming brown material used for all types of baking & cooking. It’s also used to make all your favorite sweet treats such as brownies, cakes & candy bars.
What are chocolate truffles?
Taking its roots in Europe, chocolate truffle is a dessert delicacy that has a long & delicious history. The name comes from a Latin word meaning ‘lump’ because of its similarity in appearance to truffle mushroom, a kind of fungus that grows under Hazel, Poplar & Oak trees. Chocolate truffles are created using ganache & a type of coating, usually some type of confection or dark, white or milk chocolate & cocoa powder. They’re then traditionally rolled into a rustic, misshapen look to resemble the truffle mushroom they’re named after. They often come in fillings of caramel, different flavors of cream, fruits, dates or even more chocolate.
Just for comparison:
AmperArt #184 Chocolates & Truffles is dedicated to three special ladies:
❤ Leona DeSimone, my mother, who loved See’s chocolates & always had a box at holiday dinners,
❤ Roslyn, my younger sister, who carries on the tradition of See’s during the holidays, &
❤ Jeanette, my “adopted older sister” who loves (& introduced me to) truffles.
My favorite candy is also See’s — but it’s the butterscotch marshmallow kisses. I don’t care for chocolate.
Production notes for #184 Chocolates & Truffles:
Original size: 20x30 inches
Program: Adobe Photoshop
Font (text): French Script
Font (ampersand): Capistrano
Photograph: allstar.by via depositphotos.com (modified)
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Chaz DeSimone is the creator of AmperArt and owner of Desimone Design. He was adding serifs to letters when he was just a little brat scribbling on walls. Now he’s a big brat and his entire career is design for clients who desire the most sophisticated, logical, captivating creative. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your project, pick his brain, or just talk shop.