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A few days ago, I made a swing by the local Godiva store. My mission was simple -- picking up this month's free chocolate. I had been studying a copy of Godiva's "Chocolate Menu" that I picked up when I joined, and I decided that this month, I was going to get something that they made for St. Patrick's Day -- the Shamrock Mint Truffle. The menu describes it as "Classic mint ganache with chocolate chips in dark chocolate."

All of Godiva's truffles are roughly spherical, with a diameter slightly greater than that of a US quarter. On the outside,the Shamrock Mint Truffle is dark chocolate, decorated with a pale green shamrock.

Last month, I mentioned that it seemed as though I was able to sense the chocolate with the inside of my mouth before I ever took that first bite. I think that it was actually more that I was smelling the aroma of the truffle. I noticed the same sensation again this month with the Shamrock Mint Truffle, but at that moment, my mouth was at least partly closed. So I closed my mouth and inhaled deeply, and the mixture of mint and chocolate wafted into my nostrils.

The mint flavor isn't as strong as I would have thought from my sniffing. The mint might have been the stronger aroma, but it is the dark chocolate that is the stronger flavor. The chocolate is straight dark chocolate; not mint-flavored dark chocolate. I would have thought that that shamrock might have had some mint flavoring added to it, but a very careful nibble proved that thought to be wrong.

The mint ganache proved to be as soft as the filling in last month's truffle. The color is somewhere between an ivory and a very light beige, and flecks of dark chocolate can be glimpsed throughout. The mint flavor is intense, but not what I would call overpowering. (Peppermint Altoids are overpowering; this ganache isn't.) It does, though, leave a lingering presence in the mouth for some time after you have finished the truffle.

As a matter of fact, the flavors of both the chocolate and ganache are fairly intense. But they balance one another. A less intense mint flavor in the ganache would run the risk of being overwhelmed by the dark chocolate.

Not much else I can tell you. As I mentioned before, I'm trying to do a full-scale analysis from just one little truffle. That isn't as easy as it sounds. Now, if you don't mind, I need to take another look at that chocolate menu. I need to decide what I'm going to choose for April's freebie.


-jc-
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sounds worth checking out!