Ties or chocolate cigars for Father’s Day?

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Personally, I’d go for the chocolate cigars, especially the ones Rebecca’s working on right now for Fathers Day.

She’s making three this year—our classic bourbon caramel in 70% bittersweet chocolate, plus two new ones: creamy espresso ganache in milk chocolate and peanut butter ganache in 70% bittersweet. The bourbon caramel cigar is vegan, both dark chocolate cigars are soy-free, and of course all three are fair trade, organic and delicious.

And this year, we’ve got vintage cigar bands for them. We’re having a great time choosing which of the dozens of different bands to put on each cigar. What Dad could resist?il_570xN.265025152

Cigars are $6.95 a piece, or three for $19.95. Look for them in our online store or stop by the shop.

Truffle mice and more

Since we’ve got Mama truffle mice with babies for the first time – they just keep multiplying! – it occurred to me that it would be fun to put together an album of all the truffle pets Rebecca has created for us over the years. They’re all filled with the most delectable Fair Trade, organic ganache, made with fresh cream and butter.

Available in the shop or emailing joanne@mama-ganache.com or phoning Talina at (805) 544-7759.

Here are the truffle mice we’ve got right now:

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Going back in time, here are some truffle ghosts:

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And from Easter, a bunny:

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And some lambs:

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Who can resist this guy?

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Or this St Patrick’s mouse? Filled with Irish Cream ganache!

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Then there are the Valentine’s mice:Image

And the very first chocolate truffle bunnies:

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Altogether irresistible. Not to mention unbearably delicious.

Vegan Delights at Mama Ganache

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Some of our vegan truffles are enjoying the holiday decorations on our coffee table – with a cocoa pod, some cocoa nibs and beans, and a beautiful chocolate soy candle from the Chocolate Flower Farm. It’s been raining for days, but late the other afternoon the sun started to break through the clouds and the shop filled with a soft glow.

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Here’s the coconut vegan truffle. The rich, dark chocolate ganache is softened with coconut milk instead of cream, and in place of butter, a touch of olive oil, and then rolled in coconut, all organic.

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On the left, a vegan SLOChew and on the right a vegan salt caramel. The SLOChew, probably our most popular chocolate, is the ultimate turtle: a vegan caramel and cashew center dipped in dark chocolate with a little peanut butter and some brown rice crispies. All organic, of course. The vegan salt caramel has a dollop of incredibly creamy caramel coated in 70% dark chocolate with a generous sprinkle of sea salt on top.

Mama Ganache’s vegan caramel is made with coconut milk and hand-pressed palm oil from South America, not from Indonesia, where the palm oil industry is devastating the habitat of the orangutans by aggressively cutting down the rainforest. Palm oil itself is an excellent oil,  trans-fat-free, rich in antioxidants, tasteless and light, quite possibly inhibiting cancer, stroke and heart disease. It’s an unspeakable tragedy that almost all of it is produced in such an unconscionable way – we’re glad Spectrum carries an organic hand-pressed oil.

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We’ve got lots of pretty packaged sets of vegan caramels and truffles out on the floor now.

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Enough for a whole basket!

Here’s a list of most of the vegan goods Mama Ganache makes:

vanilla, chocolate, hazelnut, and salt caramels

SLOChews

apricot habanero diamonds

espresso, coconut, cardamom ginger, burnt almond and classic truffles

peppermint and coconut patties

peppermint, coconut, cranberry ginger, chili orange walnut, and roasted almond cups

dark chocolate peanut butter cups

dark chocolate, Aztec, spicy orange & coffee caramel nuggets

wine-pairing wafers

raspberry creme, coconut creme , peppermint creme, peanut butter, and salt caramel bars

Aztec, spicy orange, coffee, and 70% dark chocolate bars

chili orange walnut, almond, cherry almond, salted almond bark, cranberry ginger, spicy nib (84%), salted nib (70%), peppermint crunch and holiday fruit and nut bark

cocoa mixes in classic dark chocolate, Aztec, chai, peppermint and orange flavors

Undercover Cookies

And more that I’ve surely forgotten. So many delicious choices!

Mama Ganache!

A sample of some of the best Mama Ganache costumes:Image

Susan Lara in another of her extraordinary creations. The hat: out of a chocolatey brown band sprout cocoa leaves and cocoa pods surrounding a pair of winged doves made of wire. No one but Susan could come up with something as lovely. Image

In the elegant and fun category, Susan Pyburn.

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Where can we get enough hats like that for the whole staff?

And in the purely elegant category, Daya Sarai Chocron:

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Check out the headband:Image

And Papa Ganache came with his cake:

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all had a great time!

A Mama Ganache Halloween

Mama Ganache is coming to our Halloween party at the chocolate shop this year. In fact, lots of Mama Ganaches are coming. I hope these truffle ghosts aren’t afraid of her.

We’re not sure what Mama Ganache looks like yet, but we’re inviting all our guests to dress up as her.

Mama Ganache. Mmmm. Round? Chocolatey. She’d be likely to wear something in a nice chocolate brown, don’t you think, but the rest? We leave it up to your wildest chocolate dreams.

Join us on Sunday, October 28, between 2 and 5 pm, at Mama Ganache’s chocolate shop: 1445 Monterey St., SLO. In your Mama Ganache costume. Or not.

Another reason to come: we’ll be handing out the last of our Sweet Earth stock that day.

The truffle ghosts will be in the shop a lot sooner than that. Watch for pictures of the new ones here when Rebecca makes them.