This pretty box of chocolates came from Knipschildt chocolatier out of Norwalk, CT. A few weeks ago I took a trip down to their flagship store, Chocopologie to see what they were all about.
Their store is a good size, and their cafe seems a bit darker, but comfortable. I wanted to purchase a box of their chocolates, and I picked up some fun hollow easter eggs for my family for Easter. I also wanted a hot drink for the ride home, and the woman at the desk represented their nakesake drink: the chocolpologie. It was a dark hot chocolate espresso drink with lavender foam, and it was heavenly.
The Chocopologie Bar that I bought, the Burnt Caramel and Sea Salt bar, was also very good. I’m usually not a fan of filled chocolate bars, because the centers are usually too sugary and gooey–to the point where they make your teeth hurt. But the caramel filling in this bar was thicker, and not gooey at all, but had a fantastic sweet flavor with a little bitterness from the burn.
I had very mixed feelings about the box of chocolate. First of all, I didn’t get to select what came in the box. The store only sells their chocolates individually, and so when you buy a box you are at the mercy of whoever put that box together. Some of the pieces were very nice, like the dark chocolate with raspberry and pink peppercorns, or the lemon marzipan (again, I’m not a big fan of marzipan, but this tasted more like bright sour lemons), but others really missed the mark. The pistachio was bland, as was the coconut truffle.
A few weeks later, I found Knipschildt chocolate at my local Dean & Deluca, and was excited to try some of the pieces that I had seen in the store, but had not come in my box. The tangerine white chocolate cone was delicious, as was their caramel with pink himalayan sea salt. I also purchased a green tea truffle (I’m a fan of tea in chocolate, and loved the Blanxart green tea bar!), however after the first bite of this truffle, I spit it out and threw the rest away. Again, Hit-or-Miss seems to be the theme for Knipschildt.
Overall, I would probably go back for the chocopologie bar, but other than that I would be very cautious when selecting which chocolates you are going to buy, and ALWAYS buy just a few, and pick them out yourself.