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The palets in the Chocolate Collection are handcrafted from fresh ingredients with the finest of American and French couverture cocoas in the commercial kitchen in Patricia & Paul Christopher's home in Grand Haven, Michigan. Trained at the French Pastry School and the Callebaut Institutes in Chicago and Montreal, Patricia painstakingly creates complex recipes that combine cocoa, European butter, and growth hormone-free creams with exotic varieties of imported spices, fresh herbs, fruit purees, coffees, teas, and fine liqueurs. Each individually hand-finished bon-bon yields delicate and subtle flavors rarely found in chocolates with such artistic appeal, and we believe that the quality of our chocolate rivals that of the world’s finest chocolatiers.
As might be expected in delicacies that are made in small quantities to insure a consistent experience of flavor and texture, there are absolutely no preservatives, additives, or artificial flavorings in Patricia’s Chocolate. A contemporary origami-like box holding a descriptive booklet, layered glassine, and a five-ply pad over a protective tray elegantly finishes her product. If you are a connoisseur of premier chocolate seeking an exquisite indulgence, or if you are looking for the perfect present, corporate gift, or wedding favor, you will be more than pleased with our chocolat fait maison ~ homemade chocolate.
Store your chocolate in a cool, dry place, but do not refrigerate, since the dampness will cloud or dull its beautiful luster. The shine of the chocolate's coating is a sign of its temper and therefore the quality and care with which it was made.
The irregularities you'll notice are a sign of the chocolate's craftsmanship. Each piece is made, dipped, and hand-finished, unlike mass produced candies.
Try cutting the palet into quarters or thirds with a sharp paring knife. Hold the piece on your tongue and let it melt for a few seconds to savor the texture of the ganache or caramel. Pay attention to the flavors that emerge, and the subtle finishing tastes. Bon appétit!
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