CocoaVino Assorted Bonbons

Product copy for Brooklyn-based CocoaVino (co-founded by me). The first luxury eco-chocolate company of its kind, from 2004 to 2009 CocoaVino produced handcrafted bonbons and confections made with organic, fair-trade and locally farm-sourced ingredients and flavored with wines and liqueurs. Critical praise and loyal fans around the country ensued.

Flavor descriptions for the original assorted CocoaVino bonbons.

 

BACCHANAL

It's a wild night of lusty indulgence. "Orgiastic festivity," says Webster's. What better way to honor the god of wine and revelry than with our signature bonbon. Fruity, lush organic Malbec is folded into a creamy dark chocolate center, then encased in dark chocolate. Decadent? Absolutely. But in the immortal words of Mae West, "too much of a good thing can be wonderful. Recommended pairing: Malbec

ROMAN HOLIDAY

Strolling along the Tiber at night, the dome of St. Peter's glows in the distance. You stop at a bar for an espresso corretto, exchange smiles with a gorgeous stranger. Try this dark chocolate bonbon with the kick of organic, fair-trade espresso and a splash of Sambuca. It's the next best thing to flying across the Eternal City on the back of a Vespa. No helmet required. Recommended pairing: Sambuca

TANGO NOSTALGICO

Dulce de leche — the taste takes you back to your grandmother's kitchen and illicit spoonfuls eaten straight from the jar. We've matured the sweet concoction with dark chocolate — its perfect partner. A touch of nutty, amber colored wine from the Montilla Moriles area of southern Spain makes it even more sultry. Bite into the dark chocolate shell and let the combination glide across your tongue. Some things are worth growing up for. Recommended pairing: Oloroso Montilla Moriles

RASPBERRY BERET

In the Alsace region of northeast France farmers distill the fruits of high summer into clear spirits called eaux de vie, the water of life-an elixir as French as sidewalk cafes and a jaunty beret. Here the first pucker of organic raspberries is softened by a mixture of dark and milk chocolate, accented with a hint of framboise and all dressed up in a dark chocolate shell. It's smooth, chic and a bit of a tart. Recommended pairing: Banyuls vin deux natural

BACI AL LIMONE

On the Mediterranean coast of Italy, rosemary grows wild on the hillsides and groves hang heavy with enormous lemons. Locals make a sweet, heady liquor called limoncello from the bright skins. In this dark chocolate covered bonbon, limoncello kisses a sweetly seductive white chocolate center where a hint of earthy rosemary flirts back — a recipe for love if ever we heard it. Recommended pairing: Limoncello

QUEEN OF THE HARVEST

Every September the people of Jerez, Spain, celebrate the wine harvest with a festival. They choose a harvest queen and drive her through the streets, throwing sweets to children as she goes. This multi-layered bonbon pays homage to the region — sherry, dark chocolate, slivered almond, and a pinch of sea salt in buttery caramel. The queen is crowned, the grapes are blessed, the autumn sun glows softly. May her reign be sweet. Recommended pairing: Dry Oloroso sherry

 

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