Dana Taylor Davenport, founder of Dilettante, is a chocolatier and pastry chef, whose culinary heritage traces back through three generations of family tradition.
Now, firmly grounded in the 21st Century, the Dilettante family legacy approaches its 108th year. With talent waiting in the wings, there is high anticipation that new creative successes are poised to emerge. Successes worthy of the early faith and vision of Grandpa Earl Davenport and Great Uncle Julius Franzen, Master Confectioner to the crowned heads of Europe.
I’ve heard some great things about Dilettante from my sister in law, Manda, over the years. I had never actually tried the chocolates before, and while she’d go on and on about how good they were, I always thought, “yea sure, its chocolate, it’s all the same”. I can assure you, I was mistaken. I had the pleasure of sampling the Assorted Chocolate Truffles.
The Assorted Chocolate Truffles included; Cointreau Truffle, Amaretto Truffle, Praline Truffle, Champagne Truffle Romanov, Kahlua Truffle, Dark Ephemere Truffle, Hazelnut Gianduia, and Raspberry Truffle. They were all amazing! The flavor just fills your mouth. The Chocolates have just the perfect amount of richness, cream, and flavor.
All of the handmade artisan truffles in Dilettante’s elegant silver gift box line have the faint taste of Ephemere. Ephemere is what makes Dilettante’s flavor of chocolate unique. Dilettante’s Ephemere cooking method is derived from Dana’s proprietary cooking method of caramelizing the butter, sugar, and cream early on in the cooking process. The exact method of making Ephemere is a secret but making chocolate this way leaves a hint of unique flavor throughout all of Dilettante’s truffles. The silver box ballotin are comprised of original truffle flavors that made Dilettante famous in Seattle for chocolate mastery!
All 8 of these Truffles were amazing! If I must pick a favorite, and I probably do, it would be between the Kahlua Truffle and the Praline Truffle. The Praline Truffle is a white chocolate truffle with crushed pralines in white chocolate. The Kahlua Truffle is a milk chocolate truffle with Kahlua in milk chocolate. Both were fantastic! I guess I’d better tell you more about the other ones I sampled too. The Cointreau Truffle is a bittersweet truffle with orange liqueur in bittersweet chocolate. The Amaretto Truffle is a milk chocolate truffle with almond liqueur in milk chocolate. The Champagne Truffle Romanov is a semisweet truffle with marc de champagne and strawberry essence in double cream milk chocolate. The Dark Ephemere Truffle is a creamed bittersweet truffle in bittersweet chocolate. The Hazelnut Gianduia is a milk chocolate truffle with hazelnut butter in double cream milk chocolate. The Raspberry Truffle is a semisweet truffle with raspberries in semisweet chocolate. My husband was quite jealous that he couldn’t try any. I wanted them all to myself! I told him it was essential to my review that I try each of them!
While browsing through their site I found many yummy treats! I really like the Chocolate Fruit Medley. I have never heard of something quite like this before. How great would this be at your next get together!
Chocolate Covered Fruit Medley is a tasty concoction of deluxe chocolate covered dried fruit – perfect for parties! Colorful bite sized chocolate covered fruit looks great in a candy bowl. Great snacks to keep on hand. Chocolate is high in antioxidants and Chocolate Covered Fruit Medley snacks include dried fruits that are also high in anti-oxidants. The dried fruit in the Fruit Medley chocolate covered fruit mixture includes Strawberries, Apricots, Cherries, Pineapple, Mango, and Raisins.
Ok, but let’s not forget Valentines Day. Dilettante has plenty of delicious chocolates to chose from! The Pink & Silver Foil Heart Gift Bag would make a great gift for the one you love!
Gift bag of festive foiled hearts – great for Valentine’s, but also appropriate every day of the year. A mix of the finest quality dark and milk chocolate. Give the gift of love all year long!
If your looking for something unique when it comes to chocolate, look no further! I have never seen this before, but Dilettante has a Chocolate Molded Heart with Truffles, 7 piece assortment. Why is this so unique? You can eat the heart shaped box! It is made out of Chocolate! This takes your typical box of Chocolates for Valentine’s Day to a whole new level!
Dilettante has quite the selection for Valentine’s Gifts as well. I think I can safely say that anyone would be thrilled to get Chocolates from Dilettante this Valentine’s Day. It will be a Valentine’s Day they won’t forget!
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Buy: You can purchase any of the delicious chocolates on their shop online Dilettante.
I recieved samples for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.