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.

Rocky Road bark

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Thanks to Kathy Marcks Hardesty, who asked for it in a Facebook comment at just the right moment, Mama Ganache now has some amazing Rocky Road bark in the shop. Easter’s over, so Allison had time to make it yesterday. She used freshly-made marshmallow, local organic walnuts, and 70% bittersweet chocolate. Delaney and I tasted it this morning right after I’d reread  the directions for tasting chocolate on London-based’s Chocolate and Love‘s website. All the senses are involved, not just taste.

first bites

See the nice shine on the dark chocolate? The color of the  70% bittersweet is lovely, too, a deep, rich, dark brown.  Our bites had plenty of marshmallow and nuts and up close, you can see the tiny bubbles in the marshmallow.

Hear the snap as the pieces are broken off?

Catch the chocolatey and citrus notes in the aroma of our 70% dark chocolate? The butteriness of the walnuts?

The chocolate looked, sounded and smelled so good that it was hard for us to hold our pieces on our tongues until the chocolate melted, to feel it in our mouths. The marshmallow wasn’t going to wait either— it melted into the softest cream with just the right resistance; pillowy, spreading slowly over the tongue. The fresh walnuts crunch gently between your teeth and release a fragrant burst of walnut essence into your mouth.

Then you get all those tastes: the bright and aromatic chocolate, the fresh and nutty walnuts, and the soft and sweet marshmallow, together. Oh my goodness, what a perfect combination. I think I like it as much as I like the vegan SLOChews. If  it’s popular, we could do all kind of different rocky roads: roasted slivered almonds and marshmallow, English and Australian recipes. Yum. Why not.

I wish I could tell you this batch of bark is vegan but we haven’t worked out a recipe for vegan marshmallow that we love as much as we do our vegan ganaches and caramels. But this is only the beginning. Next time we’ll tweak the recipe for the marshmallow to get it even creamier and maybe Tom will experiment with alternatives to gelatin again.

But for now, I’m happy with what we’ve got.Mama Ganache Rocky Road bark

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.

coconut vegan truffle

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!