Friday Finds: Decadent Chocolate Paired with Pears

November 20, 2009 at 9:45 am (Friday Finds, Just Because) (, , , , , , , )

Yeah, it is Friday! Oh, did you week not go as well as you hoped? Are you feeling glum and run down? Well Dr. Pear Shapely has a prescription for you in the form of a delectable handmade treat from her pal Chef Stef. Balsamic Truffles layered with the flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla and balsamic vinegar ($8.95-$16.95) are a tasty tidbit worthy of a queen:

Chef Stef is an amazingly talented, award winning chocolatier who fine-tuned her skills at the The Epicurean School of Culinary Arts, Los Angeles. Luckily for chocolate lovers, she now produces an artistry that needs to be consumed to be fully enjoyed. Yes, her work is as pretty as a picture, but only by  popping one in your mouth and letting the truffle melt and trickle onto your taste buds, will you get the full benefit of this goody.

Even the most healthy of pear shaped figures should enjoy a piece of chocolate every now and then. For me, the darker the better, as the rich taste is fully enhanced by the health benefits of the candy.  Not only does dark chocolate lower high blood pressure, but the true nectar of the gods is rich with antioxidants. Finally the sweets also contain tryptophan the “feel good” amino acid responsible for releasing the “mood-modulating neurotransmitter serotonin.”

You can intensify the pleasure factor of this confectionary delight by pairing it with a glass of bubbles courtesy of a processco, champagne or sparkling wine . The additional layer of fresh Royal Rivera pears from the kings of “food porn,” Harry & David:

There is no need to over indulge in this winning combination of flavors for the palette, but it will be challenging to stop at only one serving. Don’t believe me? Get some Chef Stefs Candy, crack the effervescent goodness of your liking and slice up a pear to experience first hand how to kick off your weekend in style.


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